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. 10 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$2,377,57379%3,96311$600$83,309,1662Paramount / DreamWorks
2Tower Heist$1,801,34530%3,367--$535$30,691,8501Universal
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$1,121,27322%2,875--$390$17,322,3821Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$724,27037%3,1275$232$26,516,7372Fox
5Paranormal Activity 3$619,35448%3,286-43$188$97,197,5523Paramount
6Footloose (2011)$458,40883%2,811-413$163$46,040,7784Paramount
7The Rum Diary$309,99910%2,29220$135$11,567,9842FilmDistrict
8Real Steel$303,85061%2,438-476$125$79,748,1165Disney / DreamWorks
9The Ides of March$190,14720%1,391-181$137$37,414,0265Sony / Columbia
10Courageous$186,92745%1,1384$164$30,553,5886Sony / TriStar
11The Three Musketeers (2011)$179,45833%1,863-1154$96$18,670,3043Summit
12Moneyball$172,97833%1,278-353$135$70,791,5697Sony / Columbia
13Dolphin Tale$105,35780%1,105-733$95$68,940,7787Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$137,70626%514249$268$3,171,3912Sony / Columbia
250/50$107,47635%747-447$144$33,334,1156Summit
3Margin Call$64,63910%17838$363$2,766,6833Roadside Attractions
4Johnny English Reborn$57,96050%644-910$90$7,924,7903Universal
5The Way$42,69219%224-34$191$2,298,9555Producers Distribution Agency
6Sarah's Key$37,65917%318289$118$7,477,40316Weinstein Company
7Contagion$26,90143%260-151$103$74,553,4489Warner Bros.
8The Thing (2011)$26,88017%384-1010$70$16,842,5254Universal
9Drive (2011)$22,82812%136-58$168$34,153,8458FilmDistrict
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$18,81531%199-32$95$176,202,65114Fox
11Dream House$16,49543%330-255$50$21,204,5256Universal
12Crazy, Stupid, Love$16,13230%172-78$94$84,162,42615Warner Bros.
13Abduction$13,19240%207-144$64$27,411,7907Lionsgate
14The Mighty Macs$11,62623%101-288$115$1,771,5553Quaker Media
15The Big Year$10,58433%213-210$50$7,049,4414Fox
16Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$9,67551%22562$43$380,901,82117Warner Bros.
17What's Your Number?$7,2109%10240$71$13,965,0116Fox
18Killer Elite$5,84912%119-138$49$25,027,8787Open Road
19Captain America: The First Avenger$5,84255%102-37$57$176,654,50516Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1J. Edgar$45,889-13%7--$6,556$98,5340Warner Bros.
2Martha Marcy May Marlene$45,4277%9866$464$1,200,0463Fox Searchlight
3Like Crazy$30,97423%1612$1,936$551,2662Paramount Vantage
4Born to Be Wild 3D$21,59048%490$441$14,027,04531Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Double (2011)$8,0527%4534$179$128,2362Image Entertainment
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$5,13989%98-53$52$38,369,78412Weinstein Company
7Inni$3,7483%75$535$57,1542Cinema Purgatorio
8Apollo 18$3,38526%93-27$36$17,675,92110Weinstein Company
9Our Idiot Brother$2,84716%35-16$81$24,802,27511Weinstein Company
10Laugh at My Pain$2,46752%38-13$65$7,682,1839CodeBlack Entertainment
11The Son of No One$2,37830%10--$238$26,1871Anchor Bay Films
12Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$2,25314%52-23$43$24,028,64511FilmDistrict
13Shark Night 3D$1,88947%44-46$43$18,844,57210Relativity Media
14Machine Gun Preacher$1,28647%12-1$107$524,7477Relativity Media
15Munger Road$85333%9-1$95$261,2776Freestyle Releasing
16Circumstance$722142%5-2$144$438,41511Roadside Attractions
17Texas Killing Fields$57413%103$57$44,5634Anchor Bay Films
18I Don't Know How She Does It$423-30%8-6$53$9,610,5018Weinstein Company
19Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$392120%5-1$78$486,76210Indomina Media
20Dirty Girl$268-25%65$45$55,1255Weinstein Company
21Project Nim$14955%30$50$406,80918Roadside Attractions
22The Future$42-82%50$8$567,72515Roadside Attractions