Weekend Wrap-Up

The Winter Soldier Freezes Rio 2

By John Hamann

April 13, 2014

He's using a bionic arm. That's cheating!

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Fourth is Draft Day, Kevin Costner’s fourth role since Man of Steel debuted last summer. Draft Day earned $9.7 million from 2,781 venues, a score that definitely isn’t a breakout, but isn’t a wild disaster either. From Montecito Pictures and OddLot Entertainment and distributed by Lionsgate, Draft Day cost $25 million to bring to the screen, an amount it will likely make at the domestic box office. The question is whether a film like Draft Day can play overseas. Costner now moves from the football field to track for his next film, McFarland, from the writer/director of Whale Rider, Niki Caro.

Divergent is fifth this weekend, as the Lionsgate wannabe franchise moves ahead of Noah, despite trailing the Russell Crowe biblical epic by $4.1 million last weekend. Divergent earned another $7.5 million, dropping a better 42% compared to the $13 million it earned last weekend. The $85 million release has now found $124.9 million so far on the domestic front and has earned $50 million in overseas venues. Lionsgate continues to manufacture a franchise out of Divergent, as they have announced that the third book will be split into two movies (greedy much?). You have to give Lionsgate credit for at least having some serious balls around manufacturing this one.

Noah is drowning as the biblical epic falls to sixth. After falling 61% last weekend to $17 million, the badly mangled Paramount release gets hammered again in its third weekend. This time around, the $125 million film earned only $7.4 million, giving it a nasty drop of 56%. At this rate, the $43 million opener is going to struggle to earn $100 million domestically unless it gets an Eater bump, but has already pulled in $162 million overseas to soften the blow. If I am Fox and holding the keys to Exodus: Gods and Kings, I am getting seriously nervous right now, as that one must have a similar budget to that of Noah. Domestically, Noah has picked up $84.9 million.

God’s Not Dead continues to be a top ten film somehow. This weekend, it earned another $5.5 million and fell 29% compared to last weekend. It has now earned $40.7 million, money that could have gone to the hungry. Maybe they will do that with the profits (stop laughing – you never know) as this one cost only $2 million or so to make.

The Grand Budapest Hotel falls to eighth, as it has seen a solid ride up, and a quick ride down. The Wes Anderson film peaked at $8.5 million two weekends ago, as it earned $6.1 million last weekend, and $4.1 million this weekend. That gives the film a drop of 34%, and a total so far of $39.5 million. The Grand Budapest has also been remarkably strong overseas, where its picked up $54 million prior to the start of the weekend.


Ninth is Muppets Most Wanted, as this version of the Muppets is coming to a close. The Muppets earned another $2.2 million, declining 64% from the previous frame. The $50 million Disney release has now earned $45.7 million stateside, and is still just getting started overseas.

Finally in 10th is Mr. Peabody and Sherman, as the kids' movies get chased to the bottom of the list due to Rio 2. This Fox release earned $1.8 million, off 64% compared to last weekend. The $145 million film has earned $105.2 million stateside, and $137 million overseas.

Overall, the box office is way up over last year, thanks to a top three that pulled in $92.4 million. The top 12 films this weekend earned a remarkable $132.4 million, well ahead of last year when the top 12 earned only $108.8 million. Next weekend brings Johnny Depp back to the screen for the first time since The Lone Ranger in Transcendence. Also, Tri-Star (Sony) releases Heaven is for Real (there is truth in advertising!) and Disney issues a nature doc called Bears. Finally, Open Road Films unleashes A Haunted House 2 on unsuspecting audiences who have chosen to forget the first one.

Top Weekend Box Office for 4/11/14-4/13/14 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Captain America: the Winter Soldier DISNEY $41,398,000 - 56% $159,006,000
2 Rio 2 Fox $39,000,000 New $39,000,000
3 Oculus Relativity $12,000,000 New $12,000,000
4 Draft Day Lionsgate $9,750,000 New $9,750,000
5 Divergent Lionsgate $7,500,000 - 42% $124,876,000
6 Noah PARAMOUNT $7,450,000 - 56% $84,872,000
7 God's Not Dead Freestyle $5,485,000 - 29% $40,700,000
8 The Grand Budapest Hotel FOX SEARCHLIGHT $4,050,000 - 34% $39,469,600
9 Muppets Most Wanted DISNEY $2,193,000 - 64% $45,670,000
10 Mr. Peabody & Sherman DreamWorks $1,825,000 - 64% $105,215,000
11 The Raid 2 Sony Classics $1,014,096 + 675% $1,427,221
12 Non-Stop UNIVERSAL $716,280 - 60% $89,420,585
  Also Opening/Notables
  Joe Roadside Attractions $100,000 New $100,000
  Only Lovers Left Alive Sony Classics $96,976 New $96,976
  The Railway Man Weinstein Co. $64,506 New $64,506
  Cuban Fury Entertainment One $55,466 New $55,466
  Frankie and Alice $125,000 - 64% $587,883
  Island of Lemurs: Madagascar WARNER BROS. $150,000 - 20% $457,000
  Under the Skin A24 $309,248 + 132% $500,245
  Nymphomaniac Vol. 2 Magnolia $35,000 - 53% $160,000
  The Unknown Known Radius/twc $64,700 + 1% $153,063
  Dom Hemingway FOX SEARCHLIGHT $70,000 + 139% $119,800
  Sabotage Open Road $351,000 - 82% $10,059,131
  Cesar Chavez Lionsgate $275,000 - 71% $5,175,828
  Jodorowsky's Dune Sony Classics $42,405 - 15% $237,409
  Need For Speed DISNEY $690,000 - 62% $42,084,000
  Bad Words Focus Features $600,000 - 63% $7,130,106
  300: Rise of an Empire WARNER BROS. $425,000 - 71% $105,004,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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