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, May. 13 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$30,923,238-28%4,3490$7,110$373,071,6472Disney
2Dark Shadows$9,162,239-16%3,755--$2,440$29,685,2741Warner Bros.
3Think Like a Man$1,994,593-11%2,05242$972$81,432,8404Sony / Screen Gems
4The Hunger Games$1,461,615-21%2,531-263$577$387,007,0488Lionsgate
5The Lucky One (2012)$1,181,454-27%2,839-166$416$53,788,2334Warner Bros.
6The Pirates! Band of Misfits$1,094,434-16%3,079-279$355$23,047,0003Sony / Columbia
7The Five-Year Engagement$1,053,290-19%2,569-372$410$24,623,4203Universal
8Chimpanzee$751,53322%1,55928$482$25,717,4784Disneynature
9Safe (2012)$506,299-9%1,690-581$300$15,717,4293Lionsgate
10The Raven$423,936-22%1,888-321$225$14,723,7753Relativity Media
11The Three Stooges$347,389-24%1,416-758$245$41,153,7695Fox
12The Cabin in the Woods$267,397-33%1,029-640$260$39,753,9125Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$919,057-15%178151$5,163$3,744,6562Fox Searchlight
2Girl in Progress$532,71220%322--$1,654$1,384,0781Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Mirror Mirror$241,7829%607-315$398$60,993,8867Relativity Media
421 Jump Street$154,652-45%589-451$263$135,117,5439Sony / Columbia
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$145,595-19%455-66$320$209,591,93511Universal
6American Reunion$91,175-53%521-335$175$56,050,1706Universal
7Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$86,190-12%260-43$332$102,581,33414Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Artist$79,79015%751710$106$44,439,47025Weinstein Company
9Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$63,838-18%200-47$319$8,541,99210CBS Films
10Titanic 3D$59,2191%157-176$377$57,614,3106Paramount
11Wrath of the Titans$50,210-46%265-450$189$81,990,1687Warner Bros.
12Lockout$43,181-47%255-56$169$14,136,7035Open Road
13Bully (2012)$30,381-24%2630$116$2,864,0717Weinstein Company
14A Thousand Words$27,666-16%127-13$218$18,292,87010Paramount
15Safe House$25,855-24%136-39$190$126,149,65514Universal
16This Means War$16,776-41%132-39$127$54,586,78413Fox
17Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$16,721-8%110-33$152$35,010,19212Lionsgate
18The Vow$13,496-39%111-46$122$125,014,03014Sony / Screen Gems
19Act of Valor$12,437-28%118-75$105$69,903,95712Relativity Media
20Jeff Who Lives at Home$12,116-26%11770$104$4,244,1559Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$69,1715%49-1$1,412$1,412,7854Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Sound of My Voice$17,220-26%4618$374$188,2743Fox Searchlight
3The Road (2012)$17,161-23%50--$343$56,6921Freestyle Releasing
4Born to Be Wild 3D$17,005-3%340$500$18,784,71758Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$15,78824%23-7$686$1,180,9305Code Black Entertainment
6Casa de mi Padre$11,4929%56-12$205$5,895,2389Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Chronicle$8,697-15%51-27$171$64,511,76315Fox
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$7,731-14%67-8$115$133,062,41922Fox
9Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$5,309-29%10--$531$17,1011UTV Communications
10Project X (2012)$3,874-16%40-32$97$54,724,27211Warner Bros.
11Friends With Kids$3,174-45%362$88$7,206,80010Roadside Attractions
12Coriolanus$1,951-8%11-7$177$740,16917Weinstein Company
13Blue Like Jazz$1,8685%11-9$170$588,7005Roadside Attractions
14Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$1,362-33%12-5$114$43,453,65614Fox
15Undefeated$1,300-34%130$100$541,31913Weinstein Company
16Touchback$1,018-41%6-6$170$202,7135Anchor Bay Films
17Red Tails$792-74%9-3$88$49,866,61417Fox
18Tonight You're Mine$682-13%2--$341$2,1441Roadside Attractions
19Albert Nobbs$250541%2-3$125$3,014,54116Roadside Attractions