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 Tue, Nov. 20 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$11,772,33817%4,070--$2,892$162,930,6821Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$5,639,79541%3,5050$1,609$170,595,3442Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$3,155,95928%1,7751764$1,778$28,080,8692Disney / DreamWorks
4Wreck-It Ralph$2,812,98445%3,622-130$777$126,501,9533Disney
5Flight$1,155,27137%2,612565$442$63,522,1963Paramount
6Argo$601,46649%2,210-553$272$93,003,7796Warner Bros.
7Taken 2$324,65043%2,063-424$157$135,202,8987Fox
8Pitch Perfect$274,89058%1,122-269$245$61,533,0138Universal
9Here Comes the Boom$217,88956%1,350-694$161$41,349,2796Sony / Columbia
10Hotel Transylvania$158,94434%1,248-1318$127$143,012,1458Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cloud Atlas$166,92135%920-1103$181$25,214,0544Warner Bros.
2Jab Tak Hai Jaan$138,04480%1600$863$2,156,6421Yash Raj Films
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$132,67860%511-96$260$15,788,0439Lionsgate / Summit
4The Man With the Iron Fists$131,96538%910-962$145$14,909,3953Universal
5The Sessions$118,23322%516388$229$3,029,3335Fox Searchlight
6Sinister$72,65931%789-765$92$47,579,2466Lionsgate / Summit
7Paranormal Activity 4$59,64541%850-1498$70$53,606,6835Paramount
8Alex Cross$38,66530%535-555$72$25,263,1685Lionsgate / Summit
9Looper$36,89972%214-277$172$65,175,3728Sony / TriStar
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$35,09017%456-1446$77$17,192,8584Open Road
11Chasing Mavericks$32,84526%198-261$166$5,677,9544Fox
12Seven Psychopaths$28,00531%171-185$164$14,506,9706CBS Films
13Fun Size$23,50660%388-913$61$9,191,8394Paramount
14A Late Quartet$20,29528%10038$203$566,9793Entertainment One / RKO
15ParaNorman$19,65518%180-18$109$55,670,16714Focus
16Trouble with the Curve$19,16551%272-149$70$35,561,2759Warner Bros.
17House at the End of the Street$16,07513%17597$92$31,384,9279Relativity Media
18The Dark Knight Rises$14,12524%160-83$88$447,936,62018Warner Bros.
19Ice Age: Continental Drift$13,56857%132-15$103$160,714,31019Fox
20The Campaign$3,81414%101-37$38$86,904,34215Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$57,14515%16--$3,572$549,6431Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$36,47910%16--$2,280$390,3491Focus
3To the Arctic 3D$17,297-1%520$333$9,849,73831Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$8,87228%72-10$123$48,885,33116Fox
5End of Watch$8,60510%75-50$115$39,142,9189Open Road
6The Master$8,07726%52-36$155$15,803,18010Weinstein Company
7Born to Be Wild 3D$7,6549%300$255$21,332,13085Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Arbitrage$7,01216%80-7$88$7,774,76910Roadside Attractions
9The Expendables 2$5,90021%95-39$62$85,028,19214Lionsgate
10The Intouchables$4,51118%24-10$188$13,011,93226Weinstein Company
11The Possession$4,23017%81-40$52$49,130,15412Lionsgate
12This Must Be the Place$2,553-28%154$170$93,3363Weinstein Company
13Lawless$1,07436%19-1$57$37,390,89912Weinstein Company
14Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$1,01933%15-28$68$3,327,7376Atlas Distribution