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 Mon, May. 21 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$5,687,934-66%4,249-100$1,339$463,353,4513Disney
2Battleship$2,361,665-66%3,690--$640$27,896,4901Universal
3The Dictator$2,157,365-57%3,008--$717$26,633,5381Paramount
4Dark Shadows$1,255,159-64%3,7550$334$51,976,9182Warner Bros.
5What to Expect When You're Expecting$1,138,289-56%3,021--$377$11,685,3571Lionsgate
6The Hunger Games$353,004-59%2,064-467$171$391,934,4459Lionsgate
7Think Like a Man$260,717-62%1,722-330$151$86,099,1775Sony / Screen Gems
8The Pirates! Band of Misfits$249,648-56%1,840-1239$136$25,739,7844Sony / Columbia
9The Lucky One (2012)$188,259-58%2,005-834$94$57,122,8875Warner Bros.
10The Five-Year Engagement$141,025-55%1,175-1394$120$27,244,0354Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$522,294-48%354176$1,475$8,750,3193Fox Searchlight
2Chimpanzee$82,966-61%895-664$93$27,091,4815Disneynature
3The Cabin in the Woods$55,174-48%448-581$123$40,606,8136Lionsgate
4Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$47,375-66%379-76$125$210,238,70012Universal
5Wrath of the Titans$45,320-70%36095$126$82,565,6108Warner Bros.
6Mirror Mirror$44,338-66%407-200$109$61,595,5748Relativity Media
7Safe (2012)$38,557-62%503-1187$77$16,628,5074Lionsgate
8Girl in Progress$36,347-76%3220$113$2,173,7182Lionsgate / Pantelion
9The Three Stooges$36,206-68%594-822$61$41,866,8386Fox
10The Raven$30,507-50%432-1456$71$15,576,2934Relativity Media
11American Reunion$30,450-60%290-231$105$56,525,4057Universal
12Bully (2012)$30,21648%204-59$148$3,150,3458Weinstein Company
13Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$18,859-69%245-15$77$102,878,47415Warner Bros. / New Line
14Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$17,171-36%134-66$128$8,738,20811CBS Films
15Lockout$9,737-58%191-64$51$14,301,3076Open Road
16A Thousand Words$5,601-68%110-17$51$18,380,12811Paramount
17The Artist$3,087-64%103-648$30$44,552,53826Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$58,925-5%490$1,203$1,894,0945Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$19,69030%340$579$18,939,85459Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Crooked Arrows$13,596-73%55--$247$269,9421Branded/Peck Films
4Titanic 3D$8,128-50%70-87$116$57,744,3637Paramount
5Sound of My Voice$6,239-33%37-9$169$255,9664Fox Searchlight
6This Means War$5,230-51%90-42$58$54,675,93414Fox
7Act of Valor$3,561-86%96-22$37$69,982,00113Relativity Media
8Friends With Kids$1,420-62%25-11$57$7,227,93011Roadside Attractions
9Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$1,357-60%17-6$80$1,202,9196Code Black Entertainment
10Lovely Molly$958-28%5--$192$13,5121Image Entertainment
11Coriolanus$837-48%8-3$105$750,47818Weinstein Company
12The Road (2012)$804-60%10-40$80$89,6752Freestyle Releasing
13Undefeated$608-53%9-4$68$549,07814Weinstein Company
14Red Tails$253-53%3-6$84$49,869,06118Fox
15Blue Like Jazz$238-49%7-4$34$592,8276Roadside Attractions
16Touchback$75168%3-1$25$204,1436Anchor Bay Films
17Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$38-76%1-11$38$43,455,95415Fox