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, Feb. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$2,497,095-71%3,141--$795$37,048,1201Universal
2Warm Bodies$777,380-72%3,0090$258$37,258,5522Lionsgate / Summit
3Side Effects (2013)$737,011-69%2,605--$283$10,040,1561Open Road
4Silver Linings Playbook$506,541-70%2,8090$180$90,026,05113Weinstein Company
5Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$503,854-71%3,285-90$153$44,339,8723Paramount
6Zero Dark Thirty$327,652-71%2,562-309$128$83,895,1028Sony / Columbia
7Mama$281,085-71%2,677-104$105$64,232,8954Universal
8Argo$228,371-66%1,405470$163$123,837,32818Warner Bros.
9Django Unchained$225,183-66%1,502-275$150$154,741,8107Weinstein Company
10Bullet to the Head$209,191-68%2,4040$87$8,478,4052Warner Bros.
11Lincoln$206,798-62%1,517-239$136$173,827,80414Disney / DreamWorks
12Parker$186,543-67%2,004-234$93$16,034,6073FilmDistrict
13Les Miserables (2012)$159,170-65%1,447-401$110$144,142,8757Universal
14The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$148,366-67%1,001-299$148$298,481,7929Warner Bros. / New Line
15Parental Guidance$92,083-70%1,219-261$76$74,436,3397Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$255,058-61%300--$850$2,220,7951Paramount
2Life of Pi$190,097-66%92422$206$108,720,34612Fox
3Quartet$108,404-62%24442$444$5,108,8215Weinstein Company
4Gangster Squad$94,123-62%942-683$100$44,902,0345Warner Bros.
5Wreck-It Ralph$89,844-74%75797$119$184,504,37615Disney
6The Impossible$87,484-69%739-26$118$16,755,8228Lionsgate / Summit
7Stand Up Guys$72,688-62%67011$108$2,839,3622Lionsgate / Roadside
8A Haunted House$58,523-72%913-588$64$39,058,9745Open Road
9Broken City$48,586-65%755-1031$64$19,281,5864Fox
10Movie 43$29,396-56%777-1246$38$8,690,5763Relativity Media
11Rise of The Guardians$27,883-68%275-32$101$100,893,79112Paramount / DreamWorks
12Jack Reacher$20,545-62%307-143$67$79,137,4898Paramount
13This is 40$16,680-61%278-95$60$67,272,3008Universal
14Hyde Park on Hudson$14,986-63%130-14$115$5,847,36310Focus
15Texas Chainsaw 3D$10,070-67%18564$54$34,195,8616Lionsgate
16The Guilt Trip$9,997-65%225-66$44$36,705,5598Paramount
17The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$8,591-67%160-29$54$291,437,86413Lionsgate / Summit
18The Last Stand$7,438-72%239-450$31$11,912,2734Lionsgate
19Flight$5,323-64%115-85$46$93,754,52615Paramount
20Red Dawn (2012)$4,188-69%105-48$40$44,754,80312FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$8,104-57%520$156$11,177,39743Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Anna Karenina (2012)$7,907-61%911$87$12,687,09413Focus
3ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$6,424-79%25--$257$101,6601UTV Motion Pictures
4Race 2$6,043-75%63-76$96$1,530,9203UTV Motion Pictures
5Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$4,870-54%47-3$104$12,500,7358Paramount
6Lost in Thailand$4,270-62%35--$122$36,4761WAMCR
7Hitchcock$3,805-43%36-8$106$5,928,02912Fox Searchlight
8Born to Be Wild 3D$3,255-78%300$109$21,927,59997Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Master$2,835-64%291$98$16,249,99422Weinstein Company
10Playing For Keeps (2012)$2,585-62%81-67$32$13,084,26610FilmDistrict
11The Sessions$2,104-41%18-11$117$5,935,93217Fox Searchlight
12Taken 2$1,183-68%35-48$34$139,842,03719Fox
13A Late Quartet$809-74%120$67$1,514,83815Entertainment One / RKO
14Pitch Perfect$375-61%15-26$25$64,998,74320Universal
15LUV$212-49%3-5$71$156,4634Indomina Media
16Brief Reunion$151-69%1--$151$6,0424Striped Entertainment