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 Sun, Feb. 19 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Safe House$7,412,375-24%3,1212$2,375$77,911,1902Universal
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$6,920,170-18%3,50030$1,977$52,961,6242Warner Bros. / New Line
3Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$6,469,785-26%3,174--$2,038$22,115,3341Sony / Columbia
4The Vow$6,448,359-30%2,9580$2,180$84,991,9142Sony / Screen Gems
5This Means War$4,928,641-29%3,189--$1,546$19,015,7351Fox
6Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,706,808-19%2,6550$1,020$33,839,6662Fox
7Chronicle$2,482,491-21%2,556-352$971$51,098,8093Fox
8The Secret World of Arrietty$2,180,325-15%1,522--$1,433$6,446,3951Disney
9The Woman in Black$2,007,896-26%2,559-297$785$45,289,8143CBS Films
10The Grey$1,044,010-21%2,107-694$495$48,035,1704Open Road
11The Descendants$974,076-25%1,243-338$784$75,015,59414Fox Searchlight
12Big Miracle$825,170-8%1,634-499$505$16,707,0103Universal
13Red Tails$459,647-23%1,009-571$456$47,558,6295Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$854,109-16%8080$1,057$27,529,31913Weinstein Company
2Hugo$641,130-5%558-144$1,149$66,741,80813Paramount
3Underworld Awakening$374,546-20%826-831$453$61,380,4875Sony / Screen Gems
4The Iron Lady$358,579-21%623111$576$24,423,4908Weinstein Company
5One For the Money$257,275-21%933-1123$276$25,461,1474Lionsgate
6Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$209,835-21%577-798$364$30,630,5959Warner Bros.
7Contraband$176,400-21%420-661$420$65,765,7056Universal
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$176,045-18%400-102$440$129,683,21810Fox
9Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$170,185-27%403138$422$185,271,15610Warner Bros.
10Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$169,169-23%184-48$919$22,695,33811Focus
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$157,611-24%275-194$573$207,299,47910Paramount
12The Adventures of Tintin$135,694-18%30346$448$76,391,1709Paramount
13The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$118,904-18%189-80$629$101,364,9149Sony / Columbia
14War Horse$104,703-13%394-108$266$78,706,2989Disney / DreamWorks
15Man on a Ledge$103,071-25%401-1022$257$18,377,4564Lionsgate
16Beauty and the Beast 3D$102,192-2%214-464$478$46,999,1186Disney
17We Bought a Zoo$95,591-25%287-133$333$73,656,6549Fox
18Puss in Boots (2011)$79,53111%163-46$488$148,998,02617Paramount / DreamWorks
19My Week with Marilyn$72,040-14%120-5$600$13,642,95813Weinstein Company
20Albert Nobbs$68,854-16%119-32$579$2,360,2314Roadside Attractions
21Joyful Noise$65,759-27%340-346$193$30,307,8946Warner Bros.
22Jack and Jill$41,812-17%134-53$312$74,020,22315Sony / Columbia
23Happy Feet Two$35,063-16%135-67$260$63,826,40014Warner Bros.
24The Darkest Hour$32,605-21%11395$289$21,319,6969Summit
25The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$16,306-29%148-82$110$281,267,66314Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$74,570-22%98-13$761$1,026,3032UTV Communications
2Born to Be Wild 3D$54,790-6%451$1,218$16,373,13046Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Haywire$23,106-21%79-184$292$18,751,4605Relativity Media
4Shame$21,561-22%44-8$490$3,720,16712Fox Searchlight
5W.E.$18,847-11%203$942$206,9463Weinstein Company
6Coriolanus$14,615-9%132$1,124$321,9655Weinstein Company
7Undefeated$12,657-2%5--$2,531$33,1651Weinstein Company
8Young Adult$9,350-19%8752$107$16,295,03311Paramount
9Pariah (2011)$7,454-8%130$573$687,9228Focus
10The Devil Inside$4,413-21%34-61$130$53,180,7847Paramount
11New Year's Eve$3,231-41%33-122$98$54,538,01311Warner Bros. / New Line
12In the Land of Blood and Honey$2,295-26%8-2$287$284,9919FilmDistrict
13J. Edgar$1,82743%11-31$166$37,304,45115Warner Bros.
14Immortals$1,366-42%29-4$47$83,502,40315Relativity Media
15Vettai$1,342125%1-1$1,342$202,5816UTV Communications