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, May. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$13,612,910-23%4,349--$3,130$257,627,8071Disney
2Think Like a Man$555,668-22%2,010-5$276$75,054,3093Sony / Screen Gems
3The Five-Year Engagement$529,380-22%2,9415$180$20,809,3852Universal
4The Hunger Games$461,344-14%2,794-778$165$382,035,9947Lionsgate
5The Lucky One (2012)$457,210-22%3,005-170$152$49,239,6373Warner Bros.
6The Pirates! Band of Misfits$303,199-15%3,3580$90$19,598,3172Sony / Columbia
7The Raven$288,437-16%2,2096$131$13,072,6652Relativity Media
8Safe (2012)$276,894-27%2,2715$122$13,999,8952Lionsgate
9Chimpanzee$204,173-18%1,531-36$133$23,744,3843Disneynature
10The Cabin in the Woods$188,421-10%1,669-970$113$38,594,8954Lionsgate
1121 Jump Street$103,854-25%1,040-780$100$134,361,2418Sony / Columbia
12The Three Stooges$99,046-19%2,174-931$46$39,984,7504Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Reunion$72,760-29%856-1298$85$55,545,0405Universal
2Mirror Mirror$56,147-11%922-1095$61$60,340,6306Relativity Media
3Bully (2012)$47,062-9%2630$179$2,679,1826Weinstein Company
4Titanic 3D$38,450-14%333-1076$115$57,410,6735Paramount
5Wrath of the Titans$37,259-13%715-857$52$81,734,1786Warner Bros.
6Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$33,7561%247-88$137$8,319,3129CBS Films
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$28,425-16%521-362$55$209,128,41510Universal
8Lockout$16,7137%311-948$54$13,941,3134Open Road
9Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$16,681-20%303-98$55$102,327,91913Warner Bros. / New Line
10Safe House$11,295-1%175-54$65$126,053,19513Universal
11Act of Valor$9,279-10%193-92$48$69,853,04411Relativity Media
12This Means War$8,858-4%171-61$52$54,510,22112Fox
13A Thousand Words$6,786-14%140-29$48$18,207,3379Paramount
14Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$5,806-25%143104$41$34,957,64611Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$86,348-1%27--$3,198$988,9711Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$45,9804%500$920$1,149,2663Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$26,45753%340$778$18,697,59957Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Sound of My Voice$7,96913%2823$285$124,0922Fox Searchlight
5Casa de mi Padre$4,1070%6832$60$5,861,2708Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Jeff Who Lives at Home$3,7359%47-32$79$4,200,6188Paramount Vantage
7Chronicle$3,7243%78-43$48$64,483,36814Fox
8Project X (2012)$3,423-5%72-83$48$54,708,36910Warner Bros.
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,06549%75-36$41$133,037,53021Fox
10The Artist$2,44434%41-9$60$44,248,70524Weinstein Company
11Undefeated$2,391150%13-7$184$535,56112Weinstein Company
12Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$2,181-19%30-37$73$1,144,2504Code Black Entertainment
13Friends With Kids$2,021-17%34-19$59$7,191,5139Roadside Attractions
14Coriolanus$1,86725%184$104$732,59616Weinstein Company
15Blue Like Jazz$1,81927%20-26$91$582,3044Roadside Attractions
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$729-12%17-10$43$43,448,46013Fox
17Red Tails$55745%12-11$46$49,859,63416Fox
18Touchback$4901%12-16$41$198,7314Anchor Bay Films
19W.E.$248-49%6-4$41$583,05614Weinstein Company
20Albert Nobbs$7-65%5-11$1$3,013,85215Roadside Attractions