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 Tue, Apr. 26 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$1,906,314-43%3,84215$496$86,056,6892Fox
2Water for Elephants$1,712,594-4%2,817--$608$20,339,2381Fox
3Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$1,578,933-28%2,288--$690$28,827,7591Lionsgate
4Scream 4$604,077-19%3,3149$182$32,380,9942Weinstein Company
5African Cats$549,428-17%1,220--$450$7,213,9401Disneynature
6Hanna$514,858-12%2,384-161$216$32,843,1773Focus
7HOP$505,985-59%3,6168$140$101,978,4104Universal
8Soul Surfer$440,721-40%2,24026$197$29,672,4253Sony / TriStar
9Source Code$422,806-18%2,363-194$179$45,633,5324Summit
10Insidious$404,596-25%2,130-103$190$44,946,8244FilmDistrict
11Arthur (2011)$364,463-23%2,770-506$132$30,053,7813Warner Bros.
12Limitless$241,164-22%1,363-522$177$74,554,3426Relativity Media
13Your Highness$185,150-18%1,610-1162$115$20,175,0953Universal
14The Lincoln Lawyer$160,855-8%1,220-482$132$53,717,5066Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$197,419-9%849142$233$7,303,6902Roadside Attractions
2Jane Eyre (2011)$92,457-7%31945$290$8,049,0077Focus
3Born to Be Wild 3D$83,056-27%2081$399$3,276,2643Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Win Win$82,009-2%3884$211$6,796,5816Fox Searchlight
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$65,090-58%928-921$70$50,509,9675Fox
6Rango$34,228-41%557-419$61$119,615,1598Paramount
7Sucker Punch$29,547-22%244-311$121$35,950,0605Warner Bros.
8The King's Speech$26,7504%234-81$114$138,376,31822Weinstein Company
9The Adjustment Bureau$22,355-15%263-85$85$61,182,3508Universal
10Paul$22,050-31%245-291$90$36,607,2956Universal
11Dum Maaro Dum$21,81029%101--$216$366,1891Fox Searchlight
12Just Go With It$20,474-10%265-61$77$102,645,79811Sony / Columbia
13Red Riding Hood$19,321-13%30860$63$37,227,4217Warner Bros.
14Battle: Los Angeles$17,897-18%220-334$81$82,689,1267Sony / Columbia
15Hall Pass$14,318-1%202-131$71$44,899,4549Warner Bros. / New Line
16Beastly$10,333-20%13727$75$27,621,7708CBS Films
17Unknown (2011)$10,026-6%162-113$62$63,576,05110Warner Bros.
18Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$9,815-8%166131$59$72,869,42711Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$29,0932%320$909$24,266,55458Warner Bros. / IMAX
2No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$8,765-9%89-100$98$1,222,6853Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$6,3641%92-36$69$37,746,87410Fox
4True Grit (2010)$4,963-1%80-97$62$171,041,33418Paramount
5Kill the Irishman$4,179-26%23-16$182$1,016,5427Anchor Bay Films
6Cedar Rapids$3,0487%36-11$85$6,779,54111Fox Searchlight
7Biutiful$2,31112%21-11$110$5,044,12917Roadside Attractions
8Miral$1,927-20%20-6$96$349,7225Weinstein Company
9The Company Men$825-14%15-5$55$4,403,39014Weinstein Company
10Black Swan$69116%20-29$35$106,949,42921Fox Searchlight
11The Music Never Stopped$21042%6-7$35$233,7136Roadside Attractions
12happythankyoumoreplease$17134%2-2$86$215,8758Anchor Bay Films
13Meet Monica Velour$64540%1-3$64$18,5603Anchor Bay Films