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 tenth 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 Fri, Oct. 8 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life As We Know It$5,227,215--3,150--$1,659$5,227,2151Warner Bros.
2The Social Network$4,795,892163%2,7710$1,731$35,365,0622Sony / Columbia
3Secretariat$4,040,833--3,072--$1,315$4,040,8331Disney
4My Soul to Take$2,649,160--2,572--$1,030$2,649,1601Universal / Rogue
5The Town$1,844,406139%2,720-215$678$69,280,9254Warner Bros.
6Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$1,763,643210%3,225-350$547$34,149,6083Warner Bros.
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$1,382,84690%2,829-768$489$40,424,4243Fox
8Easy A$1,344,235194%2,847-127$472$45,283,0184Sony / Screen Gems
9Case 39$811,619129%2,2121$367$7,781,3192Paramount Vantage
10You Again$769,11585%2,332-216$330$19,026,3283Disney
11Let Me In$751,526117%2,04221$368$7,475,3272Relativity / Overture
12Devil$526,310131%1,442-950$365$28,763,1454Universal
13Resident Evil: Afterlife$348,59544%1,012-895$344$57,960,3215Sony / Screen Gems
14Alpha and Omega$339,409123%1,616-687$210$19,857,0834Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1It's Kind of a Funny Story$675,287--742--$910$675,2871Focus
2Waiting for 'Superman'$256,151402%10369$2,487$1,031,1023Paramount Vantage
3Inception$142,91495%403-222$355$288,834,21013Warner Bros.
4Catfish$121,311133%1437$848$1,964,0624Universal / Rogue
5Takers$107,15299%412-361$260$56,491,9337Sony / Screen Gems
6Never Let Me Go$98,886403%167124$592$902,8494Fox Searchlight
7Despicable Me$93,545212%353-110$265$246,303,29514Universal
8Salt$71,877--266-22$270$117,758,70312Sony / Columbia
9The Other Guys$57,36568%289-277$198$117,883,15410Sony / Columbia
10Nanny McPhee Returns$42,885198%318-163$135$28,618,9208Universal
11Eat Pray Love$42,8618%215-183$199$79,909,8079Sony / Columbia
12Lottery Ticket$37,078148%194-108$191$24,344,9668Warner Bros.
13The Expendables$35,76945%225-185$159$102,646,3709Lionsgate
14Dinner for Schmucks$31,86881%159-102$200$72,911,49411Paramount / DreamWorks
15Grown Ups$29,978--159-71$189$161,724,33616Sony / Columbia
16Machete$27,81638%167-147$167$26,316,8066Fox
17Vampires Suck$26,947109%190-71$142$36,438,4978Fox
18The American$25,07620%174-200$144$35,315,1726Focus
19Going the Distance (2010)$20,294361%19675$104$17,702,8436Warner Bros. / New Line
20Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$13,39794%119-69$113$43,475,02911Warner Bros.
21Ramona and Beezus$13,379168%106-55$126$26,003,75512Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Buried$76,482420%9259$831$365,8263Lionsgate
2Hubble 3D$45,17441%602$753$16,327,10430Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stone$23,241--6--$3,874$23,2411Relativity / Overture
4Jack Goes Boating$15,21643%9011$169$331,3064Relativity / Overture
5Nowhere Boy$12,666--4--$3,167$12,6661Weinstein Company
6The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$12,58658%83-58$152$300,451,35215Summit
7Under the Sea 3D$11,384127%180$632$24,370,82387Warner Bros. / IMAX
8I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$11,000--12--$917$11,0001Anchor Bay
9Piranha 3D$7,12342%54-41$132$24,928,1298Weinstein Company
10Winter's Bone$6,6999%52-20$129$6,151,59318Roadside Attractions
11The Kids Are All Right$5,720-12%31-33$185$20,761,24114Focus
12The Tillman Story$5,04140%24-3$210$654,3558Weinstein Company
13Avatar$4,94095%14-5$353$760,295,23043Fox
14Marwencol$3,276--1--$3,276$3,2761Cinema Guild
15Flipped$1,83119%18-17$102$1,747,10510Warner Bros.
16The Concert$1,693-51%10-11$169$625,34112Weinstein Company
17The Disappearance of Alice Creed$48685%2-1$243$163,25910Anchor Bay