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, Jan. 21 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Underworld Awakening$10,202,9909%3,078--$3,315$19,542,0661Sony / Screen Gems
2Red Tails$8,603,32044%2,512--$3,425$14,584,4261Fox
3Contraband$5,840,45059%2,8707$2,035$43,411,9252Universal
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$4,757,87250%2,6302624$1,809$8,622,8375Warner Bros.
5Beauty and the Beast 3D$4,039,84190%2,6250$1,539$30,977,8252Disney
6Haywire$3,801,60232%2,439--$1,559$6,685,4741Relativity Media
7Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$2,861,13686%2,519-827$1,136$196,212,6366Paramount
8Joyful Noise$2,837,70271%2,7350$1,038$20,321,9162Warner Bros.
9Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$2,291,44279%2,485-670$922$177,376,9536Warner Bros.
10The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$1,760,70376%1,907-767$923$93,786,2325Sony / Columbia
11The Iron Lady$1,712,39062%1,076274$1,591$11,669,8544Weinstein Company
12War Horse$1,561,38582%2,525-331$618$71,554,7145Disney / DreamWorks
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$1,551,257175%2,070-779$749$123,721,7266Fox
14We Bought a Zoo$1,403,598107%2,065-844$680$68,862,3945Fox
15The Devil Inside$1,257,97048%2,207-344$570$50,729,2153Paramount
16The Adventures of Tintin$1,090,265139%1,340-733$814$71,648,8135Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,198,63484%560-100$2,140$50,737,84110Fox Searchlight
2The Artist$1,124,58175%662446$1,699$11,513,6989Weinstein Company
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$903,10587%731-155$1,235$17,952,1597Focus
4Hugo$464,494137%650105$715$55,610,5929Paramount
5Happy Feet Two$205,526118%331-34$621$62,469,91110Warner Bros.
6Puss in Boots (2011)$181,126146%292-24$620$147,621,75613Paramount / DreamWorks
7Jack and Jill$167,16198%283-15$591$72,862,08511Sony / Columbia
8My Week with Marilyn$150,91267%225-175$671$11,980,4769Weinstein Company
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$148,79478%370-338$402$280,186,18710Lionsgate / Summit
10Tower Heist$90,20578%220-40$410$77,783,89512Universal
11The Darkest Hour$89,21173%301-881$296$21,032,4545Summit
12Young Adult$68,09180%150-237$454$16,043,2177Paramount
13The Sitter$67,12263%191-258$351$29,987,0527Fox
14New Year's Eve$63,46644%265-827$239$54,156,3467Warner Bros. / New Line
15Immortals$57,54270%169-18$340$83,238,80711Relativity Media
16Moneyball$30,81678%110-18$280$75,514,08318Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$106,01251%9554$1,116$2,915,7098Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$42,49669%450$944$15,629,75942Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Pariah (2011)$28,29559%21-3$1,347$478,6714Focus
4Coriolanus$27,50959%9--$3,057$44,8201Weinstein Company
5In Time$27,40656%97-9$283$37,442,13713Fox
6Courageous$23,30776%90-26$259$34,507,31417Sony / TriStar
7Vettai$15,83483%21-13$754$139,0122UTV Communications
8J. Edgar$14,31655%46-36$311$37,029,40611Warner Bros.
9Dolphin Tale$12,872154%63-28$204$72,272,73218Warner Bros.
10Drive (2011)$12,61359%331$382$35,004,45519FilmDistrict
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$11,69786%14-4$836$193,5265FilmDistrict
12Margin Call$2,61511%14-6$187$5,340,93114Roadside Attractions