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, Dec. 21 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$8,921,045428%3,448--$2,587$26,015,3591Paramount
2The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$5,065,496--2,914--$1,738$5,065,4960Sony / Columbia
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$4,283,299-17%3,703--$1,157$54,008,5731Warner Bros.
4Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,509,7970%3,726--$942$32,972,5681Fox
5The Adventures of Tintin$2,302,020--3,087--$746$5,577,0200Paramount
6New Year's Eve$1,056,104-18%3,051-454$346$28,172,0102Warner Bros. / New Line
7Arthur Christmas$667,892-17%2,105-1167$317$40,612,1394Sony / Columbia
8The Muppets$586,401-14%1,859-1469$315$72,848,1464Disney
9The Sitter$553,978-23%2,473-277$224$19,905,5462Fox
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$515,186-26%1,822-1782$283$268,192,5425Lionsgate / Summit
11Hugo$507,511-30%1,487-1121$341$41,015,4134Paramount
12Immortals$44,264-64%1,216-1083$36$82,196,3426Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$384,822-14%835-41$461$29,874,8315Fox Searchlight
2Young Adult$351,843-17%986978$357$5,034,1542Paramount
3Happy Feet Two$133,151-47%760-2080$175$59,501,5235Warner Bros.
4Puss in Boots (2011)$127,94022%757-1086$169$143,097,6808Paramount / DreamWorks
5Jack and Jill$94,550-46%677-2110$140$70,951,4296Sony / Columbia
6My Week with Marilyn$73,911-19%2440$303$6,339,9654Weinstein Company
7Tower Heist$43,890-58%418-1651$105$76,062,7557Universal
8Dolphin Tale$39,036-31%250-92$156$71,466,20413Warner Bros.
9J. Edgar$36,364-38%455-1100$80$35,870,8726Warner Bros.
10A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$26,580-19%245-225$108$34,505,4177Warner Bros. / New Line
11Footloose (2011)$24,078-12%25352$95$51,366,58110Paramount
12Moneyball$23,21393%24234$96$74,363,31713Sony / Columbia
13Courageous$20,95539%187-4$112$33,564,61912Sony / TriStar
14In Time$16,611-40%273-81$61$36,804,9068Fox
15Paranormal Activity 3$14,702-16%206-96$71$103,831,6829Paramount
16Margin Call$11,032-29%121-27$91$5,154,2259Roadside Attractions
17The Ides of March$9,16018%141-46$65$40,592,29011Sony / Columbia
1850/50$8,801-6%111-35$79$34,991,59812Summit
19Like Crazy$8,765-17%100-62$88$3,324,7188Paramount Vantage
20The Three Musketeers (2011)$6,110-51%123-45$50$20,342,5769Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$51,772-9%1612$3,236$1,044,0452Focus
2The Artist$39,607-15%171$2,330$1,455,0914Weinstein Company
3Shame$38,140-22%5029$763$1,367,2553Fox Searchlight
4The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$31,19057%22-3$1,418$533,3874Warner Bros.
5Born to Be Wild 3D$15,8515%490$323$14,829,58337Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Way$13,0203%93-27$140$4,025,02511Producers Distribution Agency
7Drive (2011)$8,91115%56-14$159$34,749,65414FilmDistrict
8Martha Marcy May Marlene$2,534-20%39-33$65$2,880,1559Fox Searchlight
9The Rum Diary$1,939-25%30-33$65$13,107,3048FilmDistrict
10Pastorela$705-45%19-25$37$160,2633Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Cook County$448-17%5--$90$9,1161Hanover House