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, Jun. 21 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Green Lantern$4,989,129-2%3,816--$1,307$63,277,8751Warner Bros.
2Mr. Popper's Penguins$2,751,77315%3,339--$824$23,580,4621Fox
3Super 8$2,629,6173%3,40829$772$78,194,1012Paramount
4X-Men: First Class$1,576,1638%3,375-317$467$123,396,3943Fox
5Kung Fu Panda 2$1,319,22114%3,469-460$380$146,150,9564Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Hangover Part II$1,285,4674%3,460-215$372$235,629,5604Warner Bros.
7Bridesmaids$1,248,50516%2,573-349$485$138,778,6156Universal
8Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$923,1979%2,742-691$337$222,513,5485Disney
9Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$444,22623%2,5240$176$11,835,7972Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$159,1059%11568$1,384$4,206,0624Fox Searchlight
2Thor$155,7029%875-907$178$176,410,1817Paramount
3The Art of Getting By$140,4794%610--$230$955,0201Fox Searchlight
4Fast Five$106,0600%729-600$145$207,028,6458Universal
5Rio (2011)$101,27226%408-119$248$138,906,80210Fox
6Water for Elephants$62,90724%351-115$179$57,305,7349Fox
7Rango$37,64365%188-32$200$122,811,59016Paramount
8Something Borrowed$35,95226%212-154$170$38,142,1707Warner Bros.
9The Lincoln Lawyer$30,81223%220119$140$57,429,73714Lionsgate
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$22,68349%162-20$140$9,885,8938Weinstein Company
11Source Code$18,9103%161-87$117$54,426,17312Summit
12Limitless$12,3535%117-49$106$79,101,94114Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$67,28327%470$1,432$7,360,71711Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Beginners$44,99412%4425$1,023$994,2723Focus
3Hubble 3D$28,270-3%332$857$25,895,99966Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Insidious$13,086-5%98-36$134$53,426,25612FilmDistrict
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$12,58537%90-27$140$52,585,76713Fox
6Jane Eyre (2011)$10,14427%68-22$149$11,118,80415Focus
7Hanna$9,7354%91-56$107$40,141,81511Focus
8Submarine$9,481-1%2811$339$226,6853Weinstein Company
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$5,87914%71-41$83$52,859,3719Lionsgate
10Win Win$5,70217%67-33$85$10,088,73314Fox Searchlight
11Everything Must Go$3,563-7%55-32$65$2,606,1736Roadside Attractions
12The Conspirator$3,24111%44-22$74$11,466,47810Roadside Attractions
13Scream 4$2,5416%39-41$65$38,165,31110Weinstein Company
14Beautiful Boy$2,44921%84$306$53,5023Anchor Bay Films
15The Beaver$1,273-14%23-23$55$938,2427Summit
16The Last Mountain$1,250-22%74$179$67,3883Dada Films
1735 and Ticking$24834%10$248$73,2115Image Entertainment
18Kill the Irishman$18425%2-3$92$1,185,58415Anchor Bay Films
19The Music Never Stopped$46-18%31$15$249,09214Roadside Attractions