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 Sat, Sep. 24 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$9,239,01852%2,3300$3,965$54,860,8052Disney
2Dolphin Tale$8,636,20869%3,507--$2,463$13,733,3371Warner Bros.
3Moneyball$8,374,49724%2,993--$2,798$15,102,6921Sony / Columbia
4Abduction$4,658,54421%3,118--$1,494$8,502,7661Lionsgate
5Contagion$3,856,18947%3,136-86$1,230$55,033,8013Warner Bros.
6Killer Elite$3,699,1059%2,986--$1,239$7,105,3131Open Road
7Drive (2011)$2,402,72529%2,90418$827$19,922,7462FilmDistrict
8The Help$1,908,31645%2,695-319$708$153,266,1067Disney / DreamWorks
9Straw Dogs (2011)$860,20726%2,4080$357$8,329,2852Sony / Screen Gems
10I Don't Know How She Does It$858,30426%2,49014$345$7,504,3092Weinstein Company
11The Debt$596,80067%1,067-764$559$28,661,1794Focus
12Rise of the Planet of the Apes$545,48372%1,178-1162$463$173,300,4588Fox
13Warrior (2011)$470,35734%1,411-472$333$11,910,6413Lionsgate
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$349,351202%1,207-443$289$36,773,4336Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$521,37644%28757$1,817$4,914,6573CodeBlack Entertainment
2Colombiana$432,52760%847-1086$511$34,888,8995Sony / TriStar
3Crazy, Stupid, Love$353,12940%675-470$523$81,890,0609Warner Bros.
4The Smurfs$258,687103%669-750$387$138,198,3209Sony / Columbia
5Shark Night 3D$224,40366%637-1445$352$18,115,8094Relativity Media
6Transformers: Dark of the Moon$178,37875%251-55$711$351,781,68113Paramount / DreamWorks
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$175,36781%320-281$548$378,709,04311Warner Bros.
8Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$162,90248%424-910$384$23,396,5295FilmDistrict
9Zookeeper$143,56477%294-54$488$79,544,09012Sony / Columbia
10Captain America: The First Avenger$139,51963%334-206$418$174,715,88010Paramount
11Cowboys & Aliens$124,22553%345-269$360$99,203,8169Universal
12Horrible Bosses$116,77032%313-131$373$116,882,26212Warner Bros. / New Line
13Our Idiot Brother$111,35837%411-1336$271$24,378,0505Weinstein Company
14Seven Days in Utopia$91,97814%272-165$338$3,956,6644Visio Entertainment
15Apollo 18$85,81249%339-1456$253$17,340,6154Weinstein Company
16Final Destination 5$74,90766%254-48$295$42,330,9327Warner Bros. / New Line
17Bad Teacher$69,19442%232-242$298$99,642,06414Sony / Columbia
18Sarah's Key$60,29767%151-115$399$6,556,58310Weinstein Company
19Mr. Popper's Penguins$50,78999%153-60$332$68,005,82115Fox
20The Change-Up$47,32040%169-138$280$37,011,3408Universal
21Kung Fu Panda 2$38,171104%113-29$338$165,208,56718Paramount / DreamWorks
22Super 8$35,78375%117-42$306$126,957,99716Paramount
23Bridesmaids$34,96534%111-59$315$169,059,54020Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$50,29987%490$1,027$12,967,44825Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$34,96660%4829$728$241,0924Indomina Media
330 Minutes or Less$32,94643%95-196$347$37,036,8587Sony / Columbia
4Machine Gun Preacher$21,228105%4--$5,307$31,5581Relativity Media
5Thunder Soul$19,417-2%35--$555$39,2831Roadside Attractions
6Monte Carlo$14,91828%34-12$439$23,170,85913Fox
7Circumstance$14,22254%29-2$490$300,8885Roadside Attractions
8The Tree of Life$12,84153%39-2$329$13,194,82418Fox Searchlight
9Saving Private Perez$11,52570%44-72$262$1,378,8604Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Green Lantern$11,18570%49-54$228$116,586,13415Warner Bros.
11Conan the Barbarian (2011)$8,75536%56-98$156$21,205,6946Lionsgate
12The Future$4,39181%27-2$163$518,5939Roadside Attractions
13Attack the Block$3,44938%17-18$203$1,021,6349Sony / Screen Gems
14The Devil's Double$3,21442%4823$67$1,354,9439Lionsgate
15Project Nim$1,389-23%181$77$390,25912Roadside Attractions