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 Thu, Nov. 3 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$1,967,7435%3,952--$498$42,473,0381Paramount / DreamWorks
2Paranormal Activity 3$1,015,5143%3,3298$305$86,783,0542Paramount
3In Time$1,014,7600%3,122--$325$16,508,6451Fox
4The Rum Diary$533,624-2%2,272--$235$7,435,7341FilmDistrict
5Footloose (2011)$447,74213%3,224-331$139$40,249,6203Paramount
6The Three Musketeers (2011)$345,1311%3,0170$114$16,348,9962Summit
7Real Steel$326,5595%2,914-498$112$75,343,2424Disney / DreamWorks
8The Ides of March$280,7536%1,572-470$179$34,800,2854Sony / Columbia
9Moneyball$243,3069%1,631-722$149$68,427,3906Sony / Columbia
10Courageous$197,85524%1,134-61$174$28,411,7335Sony / TriStar
1150/50$183,6769%1,194-738$154$32,021,2415Summit
12Dolphin Tale$126,0358%1,838-990$69$67,595,1176Warner Bros.
13Johnny English Reborn$124,3206%1,5542$80$7,048,9102Universal
14The Thing (2011)$90,6108%1,394-1601$65$16,479,6803Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$102,3544%265--$386$1,450,3261Sony / Columbia
2Margin Call$76,2324%14084$545$1,798,5102Roadside Attractions
3The Help$52,44910%450-326$117$167,094,66112Disney / DreamWorks
4The Way$47,11510%258-25$183$1,788,9604Producers Distribution Agency
5Drive (2011)$41,72819%194-173$215$33,867,1087FilmDistrict
6Contagion$35,8215%411-490$87$74,251,1158Warner Bros.
7The Mighty Macs$23,712-28%389-586$61$1,642,9582Quaker Media
8Dream House$23,3850%585-639$40$20,945,5305Universal
9The Big Year$22,88917%423-1727$54$6,913,0963Fox
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$21,71917%250-58$87$83,979,35614Warner Bros.
11The Lion King 3D$20,9859%378-713$56$93,223,6067Disney
12Abduction$19,70423%351-402$56$27,235,7216Lionsgate
13Rise of the Planet of the Apes$19,65910%231-18$85$175,962,57613Fox
14Killer Elite$13,6255%257-494$53$24,964,0376Open Road
15Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$13,59523%163-77$83$380,753,26516Warner Bros.
16Captain America: The First Avenger$6,94814%139-45$50$176,580,00515Paramount
17Apollo 18$5,9829%120107$50$17,627,8999Weinstein Company
18Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$4,05220%151-27$27$38,297,45211Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$29,282-1%3228$915$565,2522Fox Searchlight
2Like Crazy$16,50916%4--$4,127$177,9961Paramount Vantage
3Born to Be Wild 3D$12,733-19%490$260$13,868,16230Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Debt$7,1725%87-32$82$31,177,5489Focus
5Cowboys & Aliens$6,32516%91-40$70$100,240,55114Universal
6What's Your Number?$5,909-12%62-281$95$13,881,1375Fox
7Sarah's Key$4,2649%29-19$147$7,069,17515Weinstein Company
8Shark Night 3D$3,64211%90-12$40$18,811,3539Relativity Media
9Laugh at My Pain$3,173-13%51-52$62$7,651,0878CodeBlack Entertainment
10The Double (2011)$3,0044%11--$273$38,3681Image Entertainment
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$2,9493%7522$39$23,988,17110FilmDistrict
12Machine Gun Preacher$2,60468%13-12$200$513,0786Relativity Media
13Our Idiot Brother$2,22410%51-28$44$24,771,86710Weinstein Company
14Munger Road$1,88866%10-6$189$248,9155Freestyle Releasing
15Warrior (2011)$1,5502%31-34$50$13,657,1158Lionsgate
16Inni$1,307114%2--$654$35,7501Cinema Purgatorio
17Circumstance$1,13716%7-3$162$433,28410Roadside Attractions
18Texas Killing Fields$1,03029%73$147$37,7113Anchor Bay Films
19I Don't Know How She Does It$85128%14-15$61$9,605,9347Weinstein Company
20Labios Rojos$36517%11-32$33$136,1633Lionsgate / Pantelion
21The Future$323-13%5-9$65$566,50214Roadside Attractions
22Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$25627%6-15$43$484,1969Indomina Media
23Dirty Girl$145169%1-4$145$51,7024Weinstein Company
24Thunder Soul$52767%40$13$143,7076Roadside Attractions
25Project Nim$32-63%3-9$11$406,09817Roadside Attractions