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, Feb. 19 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Good Day to Die Hard$2,105,433-45%3,553--$593$38,985,2061Fox
2Identity Thief$1,867,350-51%3,16524$590$76,611,6052Universal
3Safe Haven$1,647,343-46%3,223--$511$34,945,4161Relativity Media
4Escape From Planet Earth$1,301,098-75%3,288--$396$22,403,0741Weinstein Company
5Warm Bodies$657,151-61%2,897-112$227$52,427,7853Lionsgate / Summit
6Side Effects (2013)$628,465-39%2,6050$241$20,748,4462Open Road
7Beautiful Creatures (2013)$604,211-56%2,950--$205$12,091,7891Warner Bros.
8Silver Linings Playbook$568,301-52%2,202-607$258$100,356,52914Weinstein Company
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$334,486-50%2,103-1182$159$50,739,7374Paramount
10Zero Dark Thirty$261,706-57%1,527-1035$171$88,792,6899Sony / Columbia
11Mama$181,280-54%1,648-1029$110$68,743,2205Universal
12Lincoln$160,578-62%1,007-510$159$176,811,62515Disney / DreamWorks
13Django Unchained$160,202-51%1,017-485$158$157,510,3498Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Feb. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$196,995-61%647-277$304$111,573,51313Fox
2Argo$194,470-56%903-502$215$127,482,87919Warner Bros.
3Quartet$183,795-41%33389$552$7,384,4596Weinstein Company
4Les Miserables (2012)$104,780-56%676-771$155$145,869,2058Universal
5The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$88,138-69%605-396$146$300,249,42310Warner Bros. / New Line
6Wreck-It Ralph$68,044-78%506-251$134$185,903,97316Disney
7Parker$63,649-25%705-1299$90$17,148,6054FilmDistrict
8The Impossible$57,689-45%422-317$137$17,669,8559Lionsgate / Summit
9Parental Guidance$48,619-74%603-616$81$75,392,3118Fox
10Rise of The Guardians$39,381-75%33863$117$101,579,83513Paramount / DreamWorks
11Bullet to the Head$29,068-35%470-1934$62$9,308,0803Warner Bros.
12The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$25,602-57%25494$101$291,864,40614Lionsgate / Summit
13Gangster Squad$25,252-44%210-732$120$45,416,7586Warner Bros.
14A Haunted House$25,184-44%340-573$74$39,616,5186Open Road
15Stand Up Guys$14,921-42%119-551$125$3,202,3573Lionsgate / Roadside
16Jack Reacher$11,692-56%175-132$67$79,372,2519Paramount
17Broken City$11,440-30%133-622$86$19,516,1255Fox
18This is 40$9,185-45%167-111$55$67,458,6909Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Feb. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$10,654-53%520$205$11,313,00844Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Top Gun 3D$10,429-62%40-260$261$2,996,5672Paramount
3Hyde Park on Hudson$10,034-36%86-44$117$6,040,79111Focus
4The Guilt Trip$6,076-42%88-137$69$36,811,3929Paramount
5Anna Karenina (2012)$5,640-35%51-40$111$12,777,27614Focus
6Texas Chainsaw 3D$5,156-45%96-89$54$34,303,3717Lionsgate
7ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$4,530-63%22-3$206$196,5442UTV Motion Pictures
8Born to Be Wild 3D$4,321-74%300$144$22,006,47698Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Last Stand$2,595-44%54-185$48$11,966,8615Lionsgate
10Race 2$2,461-49%11-52$224$1,574,0344UTV Motion Pictures
11Red Dawn (2012)$1,996-65%56-49$36$44,802,70213FilmDistrict
12Movie 43$1,702-48%35-742$49$8,783,6634Relativity Media
13The Sessions$1,521-52%16-2$95$5,958,99418Fox Searchlight
14A Late Quartet$1,451-60%131$112$1,536,60416Entertainment One / RKO
15Hitchcock$1,038102%14-22$74$5,945,61513Fox Searchlight
16Playing For Keeps (2012)$692-49%23-58$30$13,101,83411FilmDistrict
17Taken 2$452-47%16-19$28$139,853,42320Fox
18The Package (2013)$41-77%1--$41$1,3191Anchor Bay Films