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 Sat, Feb. 16 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Good Day to Die Hard$10,165,91641%3,553--$2,861$25,609,3661Fox
2Identity Thief$9,906,45052%3,16524$3,130$63,714,2302Universal
3Safe Haven$8,381,64718%3,223--$2,601$24,337,2241Relativity Media
4Escape From Planet Earth$6,680,25480%3,288--$2,032$10,381,5081Weinstein Company
5Warm Bodies$3,662,06041%2,897-112$1,264$47,486,4143Lionsgate / Summit
6Beautiful Creatures (2013)$3,037,09532%2,950--$1,030$7,876,9261Warner Bros.
7Silver Linings Playbook$2,721,64178%2,202-607$1,236$96,622,05014Weinstein Company
8Side Effects (2013)$2,654,41758%2,6050$1,019$17,155,2642Open Road
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$1,487,34371%2,103-1182$707$48,588,4384Paramount
10Zero Dark Thirty$1,280,35891%1,527-1035$838$86,881,0829Sony / Columbia
11Mama$1,161,84053%1,648-1029$705$67,400,0955Universal
12Lincoln$705,08697%1,007-510$700$175,651,64915Disney / DreamWorks
13Django Unchained$641,49676%1,017-485$631$156,497,9748Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Feb. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$961,47497%903-502$1,065$126,111,98019Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$644,14794%647-277$996$110,278,29913Fox
3Quartet$557,05264%33389$1,673$6,473,6056Weinstein Company
4The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$426,39696%605-396$705$299,527,80410Warner Bros. / New Line
5Les Miserables (2012)$361,66075%676-771$535$145,233,8208Universal
6Wreck-It Ralph$343,76297%506-251$679$185,252,04516Disney
7The Impossible$205,67974%422-317$487$17,350,7039Lionsgate / Summit
8Parental Guidance$204,21672%603-616$339$74,986,7258Fox
9Rise of The Guardians$178,40899%33863$528$101,227,85513Paramount / DreamWorks
10Parker$176,29353%705-1299$250$16,847,8874FilmDistrict
11A Haunted House$131,41175%340-573$387$39,454,2746Open Road
12The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$119,06172%25494$469$291,681,73814Lionsgate / Summit
13Skyfall$116,25660%262-108$444$303,819,94115Sony / Columbia
14Bullet to the Head$98,24460%470-1934$209$9,153,3613Warner Bros.
15Gangster Squad$79,84349%210-732$380$45,277,8876Warner Bros.
16Jack Reacher$56,19751%175-132$321$79,299,3299Paramount
17This is 40$41,75047%167-111$250$67,403,5809Universal
18Stand Up Guys$41,28747%119-551$347$3,124,4043Lionsgate / Roadside
19Hotel Transylvania$38,760107%144-47$269$148,248,97421Sony / Columbia
20Broken City$34,23344%133-622$257$19,462,9455Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Feb. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$55,09647%40-260$1,377$2,909,5812Paramount
2Hyde Park on Hudson$42,93461%86-44$499$5,982,99011Focus
3To the Arctic 3D$32,98773%520$634$11,251,62344Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Texas Chainsaw 3D$24,46876%96-89$255$34,267,4347Lionsgate
5Here Comes the Boom$24,04880%96-48$251$45,257,85819Sony / Columbia
6ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$21,95891%22-3$998$159,5892UTV Motion Pictures
7The Guilt Trip$20,69644%88-137$235$36,778,1949Paramount
8Anna Karenina (2012)$15,20550%51-40$298$12,747,40714Focus
9Born to Be Wild 3D$14,62823%300$488$21,966,29198Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Red Dawn (2012)$11,95267%56-49$213$44,786,04613FilmDistrict
11The Last Stand$10,25068%54-185$190$11,950,1535Lionsgate
12Race 2$7,183114%11-52$653$1,559,7204UTV Motion Pictures
13Movie 43$7,08213%35-742$202$8,773,6524Relativity Media
14A Late Quartet$5,397135%131$415$1,526,22516Entertainment One / RKO
15The Sessions$5,379115%16-2$336$5,950,09318Fox Searchlight
16Hitchcock$4,03549%14-22$288$5,941,20213Fox Searchlight
17Playing For Keeps (2012)$3,35948%23-58$146$13,097,41211FilmDistrict
18Lost in Thailand$3,06948%350$88$52,4172WAMCR
19Taken 2$2,53264%16-19$158$139,850,17020Fox
20The Package (2013)$422-25%1--$422$9811Anchor Bay Films