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, Feb. 16 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Vow$2,913,7310%2,958--$985$61,926,8371Sony / Screen Gems
2Safe House$2,557,5802%3,119--$820$54,269,6151Universal
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$1,144,06618%3,470--$330$33,116,3421Warner Bros. / New Line
4Chronicle$744,6478%2,9081$256$43,479,4262Fox
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$717,2869%2,655--$270$25,873,2351Fox
6The Woman in Black$616,16014%2,8561$216$38,610,6182CBS Films
7The Grey$421,1214%2,801-406$150$44,893,0593Open Road
8The Descendants$289,5027%1,581-457$183$72,082,77013Fox Searchlight
9Big Miracle$266,62525%2,1334$125$14,443,4952Universal
10Underworld Awakening$238,679-4%1,657-979$144$60,243,8014Sony / Screen Gems
11Red Tails$230,0568%1,580-767$146$46,116,5364Fox
12One For the Money$213,2509%2,056-681$104$24,676,2093Lionsgate
13Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$136,29115%1,375-1130$99$30,002,9778Warner Bros.
14Man on a Ledge$120,02211%1,423-1575$84$18,045,9483Lionsgate
15Contraband$113,5055%1,081-966$105$65,226,0205Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$231,8445%808-197$287$25,098,95912Weinstein Company
2Hugo$142,55411%702-328$203$65,086,12412Paramount
3The Iron Lady$132,0769%512-509$258$23,359,7867Weinstein Company
4Beauty and the Beast 3D$67,29528%678-1041$99$46,744,8265Disney
5Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$63,11516%469-608$135$206,813,4239Paramount
6War Horse$49,83817%502-661$99$78,407,9668Disney / DreamWorks
7Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$49,2857%232-70$212$22,202,84710Focus
8Joyful Noise$44,00117%686-664$64$30,087,9595Warner Bros.
9Albert Nobbs$33,2895%151-94$220$2,164,5643Roadside Attractions
10The Adventures of Tintin$31,65339%257-229$123$76,001,3168Paramount
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$30,08420%502-316$60$129,188,4959Fox
12Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$29,1164%265-592$110$184,717,3549Warner Bros.
13We Bought a Zoo$26,61037%420-334$63$73,356,6218Fox
14My Week with Marilyn$25,55718%125-46$204$13,445,11712Weinstein Company
15Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$22,597-21%111--$204$795,5331UTV Communications
16Haywire$22,1363%263-988$84$18,681,7444Relativity Media
17Puss in Boots (2011)$16,19034%209-44$77$148,810,97616Paramount / DreamWorks
18The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$12,35220%230-66$54$281,213,34513Lionsgate / Summit
19Happy Feet Two$11,92111%202-53$59$63,729,22413Warner Bros.
20New Year's Eve$7,47826%155-67$48$54,525,28310Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$20,82010%44-1$473$16,223,56545Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Shame$11,524-1%52-12$222$3,653,62011Fox Searchlight
3W.E.$6,806-4%1713$400$153,9302Weinstein Company
4The Sitter$6,3772%99-27$64$30,441,32610Fox
5Coriolanus$4,11228%11-3$374$282,7504Weinstein Company
6The Devil Inside$3,227-5%95-208$34$53,166,4436Paramount
7Pariah (2011)$2,64632%13-6$204$667,2657Focus
8Young Adult$2,525-3%35-23$72$16,266,21110Paramount
9Immortals$2,20913%33-29$67$83,497,43614Relativity Media
10J. Edgar$1,6794%42-93$40$37,300,47214Warner Bros.
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,5527%103$155$277,8698FilmDistrict
12The Darkest Hour$83012%18-21$46$21,221,0058Summit
13Vettai$34942%2-2$175$200,0635UTV Communications
14Margin Call$112-7%2--$56$5,354,03917Roadside Attractions