TRANSCENDENCE

Bad news Johnny Depp, it appears there are no more movie stars, and though you are top billed in Transcendence, you weren’t enough to get people in the theaters, and those that did go complained about your work by saying “and such small portions!”

Film Weekend Per Screen Total
1 Captain America: The Winter Soldier $26,612,000 (-35.5%) $6,957 $201,526,000
2 Rio 2 $22,500,000 (-42.8%) $5,660 $75,363,000
3 Heaven is For Real $21,500,000 $8,895 $28,500,000
4 Transcendence $11,150,000 $3,227 $11,150,000
5 A Haunted House 2 $9,100,000 $3,939 $9,100,000
6 Draft Day
$5,900,000 (-39.7%) $2,122 $19,548,000
7 Divergent $5,750,000 (-22.1%) $2,313 $133,915,000
8 Oculus $5,202,000 (-56.7%) $1,965 $21,191,000
9 Noah $5,000,000 (-33.8%) $1,971 $93,274,000
10 God’s Not Dead $4,801,000 (-13.3%) $2,673 $48,327,000

Cap 2 crossed the $200 Million mark this weekend, and with Thor: The Dark World having made $206 Million domestically, that means The Winter Soldier is about to become the most successful non-Iron Man movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. More importantly, the film is on track to be the third highest grossing Marvel movie worldwide (it’s currently at $586 Million), as it will make more than everything but Iron Man 3 and The Avengers.

Captain America 3 isn’t budging from the May 6, 2016 release date it shares with Batman Vs. Superman, and since Warner Brothers moved into that date it might be smart to move out. Cap 2 has a very little shot at crossing $300 Million domestic, but at this rate of decline, $250 Million seems all but assured, unless The Amazing Spider-Man 2 stops it dead in its tracks. It’s also possible that the film will stay on top of the box office next weekend, when it will officially be the highest grossing film ever released in April.

Rio 2 will get over $100 Million domestic but it was always bound to be more powerful internationally, and it should make at least $300 Million worldwide, which means that it will turn a profit. Heaven is for Real likely benefited from the Easter weekend (as did God’s Not Dead and Noah), so it’s possible that it could collapse next weekend. If studios can figure out how to make these films for $5 Million or so, they may have a sure and steady audience that will always net them a profit.

Transcendence bombed. Critics went to town on it. It’s safe to assume they didn’t like it, but this film wasn’t protected in the way some bigger franchise films are. There were no soft passes. Did it deserve it? As Clint Eastwood once opined, deserve’s got nothing to do with it. Director Wally Pfister, working with producer Christopher Nolan, had the clout to make this film, and Pfister chose — for his feature film debut — material that wasn’t audience-friendly. That partly makes sense because it comes from the Nolan brand (though Inception is pretty crowd-friendly, and so are the Bat-films), but it’s a film that better pray for good international numbers because it’s not cracking $40 Million domestic. Ouch.

I have no idea why Summit is pursuing a Divergent sequel when I look at the film’s numbers. International is at $75 Million, which means the worldwide total is above $200 Million, but that’s more break-even business than franchise business. I like to pretend the Haunted House franchise doesn’t exist, and with these numbers it seems a lot of people do too. It may make it to over $25 Million, but there’s no international business with this one, so (though it may make a little money) it’s the end of this franchise.

Out of the top ten, Frozen is edging up to $400 Million (next weekend it should get there), and is now the sixth highest grossing film ever worldwide.

Reality Check: I thought Transcendence would open. I was very wrong, though I could tell there was blood in the water, and that threw my game off. Oh well.

What did you watch this weekend?