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, Aug. 29 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lawless$1,136,084--2,565--$443$1,136,0840Weinstein Company
2The Expendables 2$1,062,193-35%3,35539$317$56,306,4922Lionsgate
3The Bourne Legacy$732,900-32%3,490-263$210$88,263,9353Universal
4The Dark Knight Rises$669,125-25%2,606-551$257$424,645,7436Warner Bros.
5ParaNorman$644,841-38%3,45526$187$30,845,5252Focus
6The Campaign$641,208-29%3,30247$194$66,941,6103Warner Bros.
7Hope Springs (2012)$593,541-24%2,40241$247$46,785,1723Sony / Columbia
8The Odd Life of Timothy Green$558,766-38%2,5980$215$29,316,3922Disney
9Premium Rush$458,220-42%2,255--$203$7,908,4181Sony / Columbia
10Hit and Run$355,613-38%2,870172$124$7,138,6701Open Road
11Sparkle (2012)$262,729-36%2,020-224$130$19,667,6772Sony / TriStar
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$152,810-49%1,547-761$99$43,616,1984Fox
13Ice Age: Continental Drift$148,551-48%1,211-719$123$154,188,6837Fox
14Total Recall (2012)$131,945-41%1,326-825$100$55,732,1924Sony / Columbia
15The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$102,564--2,160--$47$102,5640Kenn Viselman Presents

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Apparition$161,486-30%810--$199$3,464,6871Warner Bros.
2Ted (2012)$81,480-33%679-339$120$215,083,1009Universal
3Brave$60,032-25%452-124$133$230,314,78510Disney
4Beasts of the Southern Wild$54,917-12%2322$237$9,031,3759Fox Searchlight
5Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$50,641-23%374-32$135$213,858,92012Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Amazing Spider-Man$49,984-34%368-174$136$258,548,9278Sony / Columbia
7Moonrise Kingdom$45,367-8%33250$137$43,815,05814Focus
8The Intouchables$41,664-30%1940$215$10,591,51414Weinstein Company
9Magic Mike$35,251-15%355100$99$113,196,5569Warner Bros.
10Step Up Revolution$32,544-49%428-477$76$33,850,4195Lionsgate / Summit
11The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$17,953-15%106-14$169$45,809,06117Fox Searchlight
12Ruby Sparks$17,182-21%119-75$144$2,163,0745Fox Searchlight
13The Watch$15,867-16%250-145$63$33,518,1795Fox
14Snow White and the Huntsman$13,580-18%194-50$70$154,962,84513Universal
15Savages$10,530-14%117-37$90$47,236,8058Universal
16The Hunger Games$9,197-12%189-41$49$407,913,65123Lionsgate
17Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$5,028-44%130-168$39$3,320,1663ARC Entertainment
18Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$3,448-22%106-93$33$65,066,7189Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$28,144-13%520$541$8,051,38619Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Cosmopolis$15,768-14%6360$250$501,8712Entertainment One Films
3Born to Be Wild 3D$9,125-10%330$277$20,704,26773Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Prometheus$8,57410%91-10$94$126,321,96812Fox
5Safety Not Guaranteed$6,6152%540$123$3,773,39612FilmDistrict
6Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$5,315-9%75-30$71$37,413,66710Fox
7Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$3,870-8%66-74$59$25,322,0808Paramount
8The Day$1,412--12--$118$1,4120Anchor Bay Films
9Easy Money (2012)$1,256-13%50$251$183,5997Weinstein Company
10A Cat In Paris$276-64%6-1$46$304,08913GKIDS