Grosses

'Captain America 2' Still #1 with $26.6M; 'Heaven is for Real' Breaks Out with $21.5M; 'Transcendence' BombsApril 20, 2014 08:48 AM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Captain America: The Winter Soldier took in an estimated $26.61 million this weekend to lead the weekend box office for a third consecutive frame. The blockbuster 3D superhero sequel from Marvel is set to surpass the $200 million domestic milestone on Sunday, making it the second release of 2014 to reach the milestone (The LEGO Movie being the first). Captain America: The Winter Soldier was down 36 percent from last weekend, which indicates that strong word of mouth is really starting to kick in for the film. With a 17-day take of $201.53 million, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is now running 20 percent ahead of the $167.92 million 17-day gross of last year's Thor: The Dark World and will soon surpass that film's final domestic gross of $206.36 million.

Fox's Rio 2 held steady in second place with an estimated $22.5 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from Blue Sky Studios was down 43 percent from last weekend. That represented a harsher second weekend decline than 2011's Rio experienced, when it fell 33 percent to gross $26.32 million. Rio 2 has grossed $75.36 million through ten days of release. That is 7 percent softer than the $80.81 million ten-day take of Rio, but Rio 2 is still performing well in its own right, especially when considering its strength overseas. With the lack of high-profile animated releases entering the marketplace between now and June 13, when Fox releases How to Train Your Dragon 2, Rio 2 is likely to stabilize going forward.

Heaven is for Real exceeded its rapidly rising expectations this weekend with an estimated third place start of $21.5 million. The low-budget faith-based drama from Sony has grossed $28.53 million in its first five days of release. With a five-day to three-day ratio of 1.33 to 1, Heaven is for Real clearly built up momentum once the weekend arrived, as moviegoers were in the mood to catch the film over Easter weekend. The five-day start for Heaven is for Real was an impressive 12 percent stronger than the $25.39 million five-day launch of The Last Song over Easter weekend back in 2010.

Heaven is for Real took in $7.85 million on Good Friday, increased 5 percent on Saturday to take in $8.26 million and is estimated to fall 35 percent on Sunday to gross $5.39 million. The film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.74 to 1 is extremely strong for a faith-based film over Easter weekend and is a good early sign going forward. The film's A rating on CinemaScore is also a strong sign for the film. The audience breakdown for Heaven is for Real skewed heavily towards female moviegoers (62 percent) and slightly towards moviegoers 35 years and older (51 percent).

On the other end of the box office spectrum, Warner's Transcendence bombed this weekend with an estimated fourth place start of just $11.15 million. The pricey sci-fi film starring Johnny Depp had been widely expected to get off to a lackluster start this weekend, but the film was ultimately unable to live up to its relatively modest expectations for a film of its cost. Clearly, the film's largely negative critical reviews didn't help matters this weekend. The opening weekend performance of Transcendence was quite similar to the $11.59 million launch of Grindhouse over Easter weekend back in 2007.

Transcendence opened with $4.85 million on Friday (with an alarmingly high $850,000 of that total coming from Thursday night shows), fell a harsh 21 percent on Saturday to take in $3.82 million and is estimated to slide 35 percent on Sunday to gross $2.49 million. The film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.30 to 1 is soft for a film aimed at adult audiences over Easter weekend. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards male moviegoers (56 percent) and moviegoers over the age of 25 (56 percent). Transcendence looks to fade away from theatres quickly, especially with it having received a disappointing C+ rating on CinemaScore.

Also off to a lackluster start this weekend was Open Road's A Haunted House 2. The low-budget horror comedy sequel starring Marlon Wayans debuted in fifth with an estimated $9.1 million. That was below pre-release expectations and was a disappointing 50 percent softer than the $18.10 million start of last year's A Haunted House. A Haunted House 2 opened with $4.04 million on Friday, fell 25 percent to take in $3.03 million on Saturday and is estimated to fall 33 percent on Sunday to gross $2.03 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at just 2.25 to 1. A Haunted House 2 received an underwhelming B- rating on CinemaScore and is extremely likely to be front-loaded towards its opening weekend performance.

The weekend's other new wide release, Bears, debuted in eleventh with an estimated $4.77 million. The latest nature documentary from Disneynature opened softer than was widely anticipated and 20 percent below the $6.00 million start of African Cats over Easter weekend back in 2011. However, it should be noted that African Cats did have the added advantage of having Earth Day fall on its opening Friday. With Earth Day falling this coming Tuesday, Bears is likely to hold up nicely during the midweek. The film received a strong A rating on CinemaScore.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, Sep. 4 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The American$4,841,73726%2,823--$1,715$11,829,6481Focus
2Takers$4,204,06837%2,2060$1,906$33,720,5882Sony / Screen Gems
3Machete$3,805,293-2%2,670--$1,425$7,671,6501Fox
4The Last Exorcism$2,767,93323%2,8740$963$29,786,0752Lionsgate
5The Expendables$2,455,92349%3,3980$723$89,674,7034Lionsgate
6Going the Distance (2010)$2,388,0657%3,030--$788$4,617,4471Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Other Guys$1,950,06943%2,607-574$748$104,778,6455Sony / Columbia
8Eat Pray Love$1,758,32732%2,663-445$660$67,197,7864Sony / Columbia
9Inception$1,697,28247%1,704-366$996$275,428,3238Warner Bros.
10Nanny McPhee Returns$1,394,62058%2,708-90$515$21,140,6803Universal
11Vampires Suck$1,290,05857%2,434-799$530$31,408,8413Fox
12Despicable Me$1,160,03073%1,600-233$725$239,282,8659Universal
13The Switch (2010)$1,151,10735%1,885-132$611$20,377,8923Miramax
14Lottery Ticket$905,55576%1,310-663$691$19,778,6183Warner Bros.
15Piranha 3D$895,20346%1,789-702$500$21,602,9133Weinstein Company
16Toy Story 3$764,22882%1,520920$503$407,339,29512Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$842,53249%812--$1,038$756,692,29738Fox
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$577,00538%807-759$715$28,278,5554Universal
3Salt$474,95049%705-463$674$114,753,7167Sony / Columbia
4Dinner for Schmucks$380,44145%804-697$473$70,534,1046Paramount / DreamWorks
5Step Up 3D$304,17761%434-467$701$40,782,4555Disney
6Grown Ups$227,47163%383120$594$159,811,67711Sony / Columbia
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$180,60069%455-368$397$41,853,9116Warner Bros.
8The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$163,47744%396-80$413$298,530,25510Summit
9The Kids Are All Right$158,28756%239-103$662$19,656,8129Focus
10The Last Airbender$128,25371%257-49$499$130,940,14710Paramount
11Hubble 3D$111,456106%123-28$906$14,880,78525Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Ramona and Beezus$106,51669%305-49$349$25,109,0887Fox
13The Karate Kid (2010)$101,20989%227-28$446$176,146,73813Sony / Columbia
14Shrek Forever After$78,479105%179-28$438$238,240,39216Paramount / DreamWorks
15Charlie St. Cloud$60,52557%220-113$275$30,910,8006Universal
16Knight and Day$53,26348%142-87$375$76,156,73811Fox
17Predators$35,70374%111-76$322$51,731,2859Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1We Are Family$110,97754%78--$1,423$183,1271UTV Communications
2The Tillman Story$52,16353%2419$2,173$210,4193Weinstein Company
3Winter's Bone$45,97951%90-27$511$5,567,90613Roadside Attractions
4Under the Sea 3D$26,54488%160$1,659$24,067,32782Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Flipped$19,38552%282$692$732,2635Warner Bros.
6The Concert$18,25785%200$913$422,3827Weinstein Company
7The A-Team$16,52966%54-38$306$77,146,93113Fox
8Peepli Live$12,05295%26-19$464$736,6584UTV Communications
9Marmaduke$11,25782%45-21$250$33,600,71614Fox
10Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$10,58181%18-3$588$475,7437NeoClassics
11Cyrus$5,58626%26-6$215$7,373,61712Fox Searchlight
12Solitary Man$3,99170%245$166$4,333,47916Anchor Bay
13The Disappearance of Alice Creed$3,19243%6-1$532$140,9505Anchor Bay
14La Soga$2,95050%5-7$590$155,60347-57 Releasing
15White Wedding (2009)$1,716-28%4--$429$4,1001Dada Films
16Princess Kaiulani$833-5%32$278$874,61817Roadside Attractions