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 Mon, Sep. 12 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$1,655,322-67%3,222--$514$24,058,9181Warner Bros.
2The Help$751,822-68%2,93592$256$138,079,6225Disney / DreamWorks
3Warrior (2011)$446,358-67%1,869--$239$5,688,4651Lionsgate
4The Debt$359,677-69%1,87650$192$22,227,3532Focus
5Colombiana$308,607-69%2,354-260$131$30,034,8953Sony / TriStar
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$257,705-73%2,887-306$89$168,104,8216Fox
7Our Idiot Brother$231,464-62%2,396-159$97$21,541,0113Weinstein Company
8Shark Night 3D$196,378-75%2,84842$69$14,868,9702Relativity Media
9Apollo 18$192,661-71%3,3302$58$15,131,9642Weinstein Company
10Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$155,216-69%2,251-529$69$21,155,8203FilmDistrict
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$151,354-70%1,310-140$116$78,568,8027Warner Bros.
12Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$131,028-62%1,500--$87$1,546,0511Sony / Columbia
13The Smurfs$75,202-87%1,977-729$38$136,084,4797Sony / Columbia
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$64,178-92%2,544-463$25$34,287,1964Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$86,245-70%810-282$106$377,190,9299Warner Bros.
2Cowboys & Aliens$64,400-70%920-265$70$98,106,2217Universal
3Captain America: The First Avenger$60,731-71%804-246$76$173,520,3948Paramount
4Seven Days in Utopia$59,688-63%555-6$108$2,809,5442Visio Entertainment
5Horrible Bosses$57,341-59%50381$114$115,853,16410Warner Bros. / New Line
630 Minutes or Less$45,526-63%646-709$70$36,517,8805Sony / Columbia
7Final Destination 5$37,980-70%655-571$58$41,794,4535Warner Bros. / New Line
8Sarah's Key$36,502-66%306-13$119$5,888,9278Weinstein Company
9One Day$35,754-63%492-695$73$13,472,7454Focus
10Conan the Barbarian (2011)$33,268-61%551-1171$60$20,954,1504Lionsgate
11The Change-Up$28,005-63%374-165$75$36,513,3306Universal
12Saving Private Perez$18,018-80%1654$109$1,193,3922Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Bridesmaids$13,790-61%197-23$70$168,762,37518Universal
14Transformers: Dark of the Moon$13,668-70%177-247$77$350,813,74511Paramount / DreamWorks
15Super 8$11,510-69%203-37$57$126,740,21914Paramount
16Green Lantern$7,452-76%155-30$48$116,471,57713Warner Bros.
17Kung Fu Panda 2$7,227-80%164-141$44$165,008,83616Paramount / DreamWorks
18Mr. Popper's Penguins$6,914-84%2520$27$67,708,42013Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$143,576-62%98--$1,465$2,051,9961CodeBlack Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$8,997-72%490$184$12,691,09623Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Attack the Block$7,087-51%51-15$139$956,3047Sony / Screen Gems
4The Tree of Life$5,872-63%62-24$95$13,096,39316Fox Searchlight
5Circumstance$5,248-68%2312$228$187,3623Roadside Attractions
6Monte Carlo$5,200-81%6928$75$23,053,00211Fox
7X-Men: First Class$3,768-61%67-34$56$146,361,94315Fox
8Another Earth$3,023-58%41-30$74$1,276,9618Fox Searchlight
9The Devil's Double$2,638-58%33-16$80$1,323,7607Lionsgate
10The Future$2,433-57%0-17--$478,3847Roadside Attractions
11The Hangover Part II$1,943-62%60-30$32$254,457,92916Warner Bros.
12Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$1,896-72%30$632$104,4812Indomina Media
13Project Nim$646-52%11-4$59$374,59010Roadside Attractions
14Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$618-28%8-4$77$1,338,5379Fox Searchlight
15Tanner Hall$443-39%5--$89$3,2461Anchor Bay Films
16Everything Must Go$146-13%40$37$2,711,35618Roadside Attractions
175 Days of War$65-31%1-2$65$17,3084Anchor Bay Films
18The Music Never Stopped$16-90%10$16$258,09326Roadside Attractions