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 Wed, Nov. 2 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$1,881,337-23%3,952--$476$40,505,2951Paramount / DreamWorks
2In Time$1,012,036-26%3,122--$324$15,493,8851Fox
3Paranormal Activity 3$988,773-26%3,3298$297$85,767,5402Paramount
4The Rum Diary$542,146-20%2,272--$239$6,902,1101FilmDistrict
5Footloose (2011)$396,644-17%3,224-331$123$39,801,8783Paramount
6The Three Musketeers (2011)$342,652-20%3,0170$114$16,003,8652Summit
7Real Steel$312,215-18%2,914-498$107$75,016,6834Disney / DreamWorks
8The Ides of March$263,755-14%1,572-470$168$34,519,5324Sony / Columbia
9Moneyball$223,121-10%1,631-722$137$68,184,0846Sony / Columbia
1050/50$167,742-9%1,194-738$140$31,837,5655Summit
11Courageous$159,053-11%1,134-61$140$28,213,8785Sony / TriStar
12Johnny English Reborn$117,025-35%1,5542$75$6,924,5902Universal
13Dolphin Tale$116,229-17%1,838-990$63$67,469,0826Warner Bros.
14The Thing (2011)$83,985-14%1,394-1601$60$16,389,0703Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$98,469-16%265--$372$1,347,9721Sony / Columbia
2Margin Call$73,217-10%14084$523$1,722,2782Roadside Attractions
3The Help$47,83510%450-326$106$167,042,21212Disney / DreamWorks
4The Way$42,709-2%258-25$166$1,741,8454Producers Distribution Agency
5Drive (2011)$35,143-11%194-173$181$33,825,3807FilmDistrict
6Contagion$34,001-12%411-490$83$74,215,2948Warner Bros.
7The Mighty Macs$32,814-20%389-586$84$1,619,2462Quaker Media
8Dream House$23,400-11%585-639$40$20,922,1455Universal
9The Big Year$19,600-16%423-1727$46$6,890,2073Fox
10The Lion King 3D$19,314-8%378-713$51$93,202,6217Disney
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$18,538-3%250-58$74$83,957,63714Warner Bros.
12Rise of the Planet of the Apes$17,905-4%231-18$78$175,942,91713Fox
13Abduction$16,016-19%351-402$46$27,216,0176Lionsgate
14Killer Elite$13,001-8%257-494$51$24,950,4126Open Road
15Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$11,0202%163-77$68$380,739,67016Warner Bros.
16Captain America: The First Avenger$6,087-22%139-45$44$176,573,05715Paramount
17Apollo 18$5,508-3%120107$46$17,621,9179Weinstein Company
18Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$3,379-6%151-27$22$38,293,40011Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$29,722-7%3228$929$535,9702Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$15,80316%490$323$13,855,42930Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Like Crazy$14,2827%4--$3,571$161,4871Paramount Vantage
4The Debt$6,826-20%87-32$78$31,170,3769Focus
5What's Your Number?$6,695-19%62-281$108$13,875,2285Fox
6Cowboys & Aliens$5,460-14%91-40$60$100,234,22614Universal
7Sarah's Key$3,901117%29-19$135$7,064,91115Weinstein Company
8Laugh at My Pain$3,6642%51-52$72$7,647,9148CodeBlack Entertainment
9Shark Night 3D$3,268-19%90-12$36$18,807,7119Relativity Media
10The Double (2011)$2,8909%11--$263$35,3641Image Entertainment
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$2,863-9%7522$38$23,985,22210FilmDistrict
12Our Idiot Brother$2,027-6%51-28$40$24,769,64310Weinstein Company
13Machine Gun Preacher$1,553-24%13-12$119$510,4746Relativity Media
14Warrior (2011)$1,5228%31-34$49$13,655,5658Lionsgate
15Munger Road$1,13995%10-6$114$247,0275Freestyle Releasing
16Circumstance$977-14%7-3$140$432,14710Roadside Attractions
17Texas Killing Fields$797-2%73$114$36,6813Anchor Bay Films
18I Don't Know How She Does It$666-22%14-15$48$9,605,0837Weinstein Company
19Inni$611-62%1--$611$34,4431Cinema Purgatorio
20The Future$373-33%5-9$75$566,17914Roadside Attractions
21Labios Rojos$312-17%11-32$28$135,7983Lionsgate / Pantelion
22Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$201-13%6-15$34$483,9409Indomina Media
23Project Nim$8656%3-9$29$406,06617Roadside Attractions
24Dirty Girl$54286%1-4$54$51,5574Weinstein Company
25Thunder Soul$6-76%40$2$143,6556Roadside Attractions