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, Jan. 30 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$1,173,361-32%3,372--$348$24,032,7461Paramount
2Silver Linings Playbook$805,040-18%2,641118$305$71,415,81711Weinstein Company
3Zero Dark Thirty$617,815-21%2,929-17$211$71,842,0796Sony / Columbia
4Mama$576,630-25%2,68235$215$50,928,6502Universal
5Parker$490,588-30%2,224--$221$8,746,0941FilmDistrict
6Django Unchained$394,513-19%2,007-509$197$147,521,2885Weinstein Company
7Les Miserables (2012)$364,650-18%2,210-369$165$138,696,4955Universal
8Gangster Squad$353,123-22%2,590-513$136$40,886,9043Warner Bros.
9Broken City$322,024-26%2,6222$123$16,352,1502Fox
10Lincoln$310,815-19%1,909-265$163$168,035,65212Disney / DreamWorks
11Movie 43$276,093-27%2,023--$136$5,793,5851Relativity Media
12The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$220,342-18%1,675-648$132$294,051,4807Warner Bros. / New Line
13A Haunted House$173,610-21%2,002-158$87$36,049,8773Open Road
14The Last Stand$170,872-26%2,9130$59$11,267,2172Lionsgate
15Parental Guidance$121,672-21%1,736-601$70$71,278,3365Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$186,108-15%635-121$293$118,150,56316Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$185,475-24%941-315$197$104,041,23710Fox
3Quartet$151,089-10%163131$927$2,139,4993Weinstein Company
4The Impossible$143,097-22%782-104$183$13,760,4056Lionsgate / Summit
5This is 40$58,305-12%507-725$115$66,496,1056Universal
6Jack Reacher$57,824-16%888-819$65$78,364,3236Paramount
7Race 2$41,973-48%153--$274$1,055,3701UTV Motion Pictures
8Wreck-It Ralph$31,316-13%588-724$53$182,598,61913Disney
9Hyde Park on Hudson$26,686-7%144-50$185$5,391,2258Focus
10The Guilt Trip$24,953-22%352-290$71$36,319,1556Paramount
11Flight$18,425-12%263-37$70$93,509,31113Paramount
12The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$16,221-4%216-90$75$291,126,79511Lionsgate / Summit
13Rise of The Guardians$14,928-29%305-169$49$100,275,87510Paramount / DreamWorks
14Red Dawn (2012)$10,354-8%205-44$51$44,570,19110FilmDistrict
15Texas Chainsaw 3D$8,592-13%285-1189$30$34,021,0774Lionsgate
16Taken 2$4,377-6%124-32$35$139,774,69717Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$14,924-14%98-19$152$12,478,06011Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$12,14415%520$234$11,014,28341Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$9,716-10%96-169$101$12,406,4576Paramount
4The Master$8,2872%3723$224$16,153,37920Weinstein Company
5The Sessions$5,323-3%620$86$5,882,72915Fox Searchlight
6Born to Be Wild 3D$4,25526%300$142$21,838,32295Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Hitchcock$3,471-36%90-32$39$5,870,43710Fox Searchlight
8A Late Quartet$3,30126%10-4$330$1,479,83213Entertainment One / RKO
9The Perks of Being A Wallflower$2,405-4%56-17$43$17,721,11719Lionsgate / Summit
10Pitch Perfect$2,275-16%91-34$25$64,974,55818Universal
11LUV$1,235-32%21-24$59$144,3512Indomina Media
12Playing For Keeps (2012)$1,233-22%35-23$35$12,956,3748FilmDistrict