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 Sun, May. 8 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor$16,900,279-28%3,955--$4,273$65,723,3381Paramount
2Fast Five$9,026,830-29%3,66218$2,465$139,779,2852Universal
3Jumping the Broom$5,873,98013%2,035--$2,886$15,215,4871Sony / TriStar
4Something Borrowed$4,252,357-13%2,904--$1,464$13,945,3681Warner Bros.
5Rio (2011)$3,053,315-13%3,258-450$937$115,206,0694Fox
6Water for Elephants$2,170,197-3%2,614-206$830$42,083,2203Fox
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$1,620,1555%1,881-407$861$47,085,2183Lionsgate
8Soul Surfer$859,9561%1,781-229$483$36,886,2825Sony / TriStar
9Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$732,502-16%2,5050$292$6,876,2172Weinstein Company
10African Cats$448,27233%1,035-189$433$12,895,8843Disneynature
11Prom$445,084-54%2,7300$163$7,590,0302Disney
12Insidious$285,274-50%1,001-583$285$50,319,1156FilmDistrict
13Scream 4$147,020-51%1,333-888$110$36,920,1904Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Source Code$355,750-33%930-715$383$50,944,9226Summit
2Hanna$261,269-22%748-821$349$37,634,3075Focus
3The Conspirator$195,824-25%457-240$428$9,792,9544Roadside Attractions
4Win Win$167,208-30%268-34$624$8,351,3738Fox Searchlight
5HOP$157,825-29%902-2274$175$106,358,2606Universal
6Jane Eyre (2011)$156,008-6%248-46$629$9,433,9449Focus
7The Lincoln Lawyer$147,602-24%440-279$335$55,547,6248Lionsgate
8Limitless$131,213-36%379-459$346$77,006,4178Relativity Media
9Rango$84,578-58%2770$305$120,426,21310Paramount
10Arthur (2011)$65,292-24%355-896$184$32,245,3845Warner Bros.
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$62,986-37%339-164$186$51,289,7967Fox
12Battle: Los Angeles$56,192-28%229127$245$83,004,3899Sony / Columbia
13The Adjustment Bureau$44,910-70%215-62$209$62,057,09010Universal
14Paul$43,860-52%204-20$215$37,214,3858Universal
15Your Highness$31,160-65%164-238$190$21,422,3455Universal
16Sucker Punch$30,311-25%210136$144$36,188,5177Warner Bros.
17Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$28,849-25%464-411$62$1,106,8682Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
18Just Go With It$25,085-32%133-66$189$102,941,38013Sony / Columbia
19Red Riding Hood$24,756-27%156-53$159$37,522,7489Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$106,44914%59-10$1,804$4,252,3015Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Beaver$34,902-18%22--$1,586$107,5771Summit
3Hubble 3D$22,167-22%320$693$24,619,14060Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The King's Speech$19,025-14%90-95$211$138,647,69524Weinstein Company
5Beastly$12,114-29%76-50$159$27,812,32810CBS Films
6Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$10,968-28%52-17$211$37,860,85112Fox
7Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$10,649-32%57-52$187$73,000,94213Paramount
8Dum Maaro Dum$9,022-9%33-60$273$534,5743Fox Searchlight
9Hall Pass$8,630-35%67-49$129$45,045,03711Warner Bros. / New Line
10Kill the Irishman$7,594-36%23-7$330$1,108,8049Anchor Bay Films
11No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$7,37183%21-24$351$1,300,5135Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Unknown (2011)$5,665-25%49-52$116$63,677,73512Warner Bros.
13Cedar Rapids$5,412-43%22-4$246$6,827,58113Fox Searchlight
14The Company Men$3,356-14%3520$96$4,428,04316Weinstein Company
15Biutiful$2,291-11%16-6$143$5,071,44519Roadside Attractions
16Miral$1,128-20%5-5$226$366,7577Weinstein Company
17Passion Play$7441%2--$372$2,1001Image Entertainment
18Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$650-45%4--$163$143,88934Collective Eye
19The Music Never Stopped$597-24%73$85$236,8458Roadside Attractions
20Sympathy For Delicious$383-32%20$192$13,1142Maya Entertainment