'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 Thu, Sep. 27 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1End of Watch$1,046,554-14%2,730--$383$18,168,6321Open Road
2Trouble with the Curve$894,063-15%3,212--$278$16,195,9621Warner Bros.
3House at the End of the Street$558,738-17%3,083--$181$15,070,9691Relativity Media
4Dredd 3D$475,160-10%2,506--$190$8,584,6071Lionsgate
5Resident Evil: Retribution$468,858-11%3,0164$155$35,704,9332Sony / Screen Gems
6Finding Nemo 3D$433,956-40%2,9040$149$32,408,9802Disney
7Lawless$217,539-8%2,614-449$83$35,409,6404Weinstein Company
8The Possession$174,688-8%2,598-262$67$46,049,3184Lionsgate
92016: Obama's America$130,8874%1,216--$108$32,534,43611Rocky Mountain Pictures
10The Bourne Legacy$128,150-6%1,431-739$90$110,917,1557Universal
11The Expendables 2$111,313-7%1,820-1076$61$83,501,1486Lionsgate
13The Campaign$101,479-4%1,250-752$81$85,411,5127Warner Bros.
14Hope Springs (2012)$87,654-4%1,147-799$76$62,512,2317Sony / Columbia
15The Odd Life of Timothy Green$84,973-39%1,752-663$49$49,062,8426Disney
16Last Ounce of Courage$74,66314%1,064--$70$3,044,9012Rocky Mountain Pictures
17The Words$63,716-16%1,247-1554$51$11,286,8903CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$320,678-16%788783$407$6,888,0702Weinstein Company
2The Dark Knight Rises$106,289-16%948-633$112$443,588,23110Warner Bros.
3Arbitrage$86,655-18%24447$355$4,240,7592Roadside Attractions
4Premium Rush$28,902-10%567-772$51$19,792,5245Sony / Columbia
5Barfi!$27,996-31%130-2$215$2,140,9742UTV Communications
6Ice Age: Continental Drift$27,666-31%420-121$66$158,696,44511Fox
7Ted (2012)$25,045-6%293-118$85$217,943,06513Universal
8The Intouchables$21,6324%156-24$139$12,335,05318Weinstein Company
9Moonrise Kingdom$16,804-5%120-37$140$45,229,04318Focus
10For A Good Time, Call...$16,350-5%105-2$156$1,151,5864Focus
11Hit and Run$16,190-3%291-360$56$13,672,9615Open Road
12Beasts of the Southern Wild$14,914-4%132-80$113$10,960,36713Fox Searchlight
13Heroine$12,777-41%114--$112$484,5601UTV Communications
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$11,879-49%374-217$32$47,843,9898Fox
15Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$10,948-29%240-66$46$215,947,17416Paramount / DreamWorks
16Step Up Revolution$7,246-24%182-86$40$34,993,8239Lionsgate / Summit
17The Cold Light of Day$4,661-23%155-1356$30$3,715,2663Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$18,072-48%4--$4,518$324,8391Lionsgate / Summit
2To the Arctic 3D$17,51215%520$337$8,715,85823Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$11,25225%85-237$132$3,088,5933Paramount
410 Years$7,295-31%4340$170$138,3162Anchor Bay Films
5My Uncle Rafael$6,253-20%14--$447$137,0461Rocky Mountain Pictures
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$6,188-15%47-33$132$46,288,31521Fox Searchlight
7The Watch$5,068-13%77-61$66$34,254,3389Fox
8Born to Be Wild 3D$3,868-41%330$117$20,902,74977Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Magic Mike$3,18212%55-60$58$113,721,57113Warner Bros.
10Ruby Sparks$2,602-11%43-27$61$2,488,7359Fox Searchlight
11Safety Not Guaranteed$2,430-5%40-6$61$3,968,09516FilmDistrict
12Toys in the Attic$91410%6--$152$51,9073Hannover House
13The Apparition$79845%35-33$23$4,863,1795Warner Bros.
14Cosmopolis$508-19%9-22$56$759,2046Entertainment One Films
15Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$37960%70$54$3,372,8257ARC Entertainment
16Tales of the Night$314-91%1--$314$3,8210GKIDS
17Husbands In Goa$50-81%7--$7$5,4641UTV Communications
18Branded$3182%2-78$16$353,4443Roadside Attractions