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, Mar. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jack the Giant Slayer$1,544,127-26%3,525--$438$32,500,9601Warner Bros. / New Line
221 And Over$699,308-23%2,771--$252$11,100,8971Relativity Media
3Identity Thief$678,300-16%3,2308$210$109,548,7354Universal
4Snitch (2013)$537,837-21%2,5110$214$26,238,2862Lionsgate / Summit
5Safe Haven$489,534-19%2,951-272$166$58,583,4103Relativity Media
6Silver Linings Playbook$433,098-8%1,836-176$236$116,599,81016Weinstein Company
7A Good Day to Die Hard$377,950-18%2,589-966$146$60,896,1863Fox
8Escape From Planet Earth$372,207-18%3,110-243$120$44,264,3563Weinstein Company
9The Last Exorcism Part II$270,002-26%2,700--$100$8,697,1831CBS Films
10Dark Skies$222,289-21%2,3130$96$14,102,5372Weinstein / Dimension
11Side Effects (2013)$156,845-15%1,112-958$141$28,555,7024Open Road
12Warm Bodies$150,968-15%1,930-714$78$62,421,0075Lionsgate / Summit
13Beautiful Creatures (2013)$71,235-2%1,075-1875$66$18,773,4243Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$203,980-11%725369$281$11,789,8858Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$182,461-25%62654$291$117,613,78715Fox
3Argo$153,041-11%985183$155$133,128,25221Warner Bros.
4Zero Dark Thirty$101,2554%722-475$140$93,865,65511Sony / Columbia
5Django Unchained$94,156-19%983324$96$160,571,20310Weinstein Company
6Lincoln$85,406-5%652-223$131$180,323,11017Disney / DreamWorks
7Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$55,658-24%601-824$93$54,272,5536Paramount
8Les Miserables (2012)$49,280-10%352-110$140$147,781,24510Universal
9Mama$22,225-1%447-716$50$70,944,0657Universal
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$21,339-21%210-178$102$301,473,01812Warner Bros. / New Line
11Jack Reacher$18,801-6%225125$84$79,738,76611Paramount
12Bless Me, Ultima$17,202-7%183-80$94$1,312,6822Arenas Entertainment
13Rise of The Guardians$16,8942%295-10$57$102,437,23015Paramount / DreamWorks
14The Impossible$16,649-13%151-122$110$18,372,52511Lionsgate / Summit
15Parental Guidance$15,011-1%258-123$58$76,104,62510Fox
16Gangster Squad$11,084-11%138-64$80$45,787,8978Warner Bros.
17Kai Po Che$11,084-26%104-6$107$910,7212UTV Motion Pictures
18The Guilt Trip$8,444-6%133-53$63$37,125,33011Paramount
19The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$6,092-5%180-43$34$292,318,34416Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$12,761-14%7--$1,823$202,8931Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$11,25517%520$216$11,508,81746Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hyde Park on Hudson$9,604-14%38-27$253$6,244,07813Focus
4The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$6,431-3%68--$95$161,8261Methinx Entertainment
5Bullet to the Head$4,460-5%86-19$52$9,467,8645Warner Bros.
6Born to Be Wild 3D$4,10776%300$137$22,095,521100Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Broken City$3,609-19%69-29$52$19,651,8147Fox
8Parker$2,510-35%51-161$49$17,450,8406FilmDistrict
9Stand Up Guys$2,20117%17-24$129$3,307,3915Lionsgate / Roadside
10The Sweeney$1,319-8%11--$120$24,3791eOne Films US
11Camp (2013)$78824%21$394$17,5852Freestyle Releasing
12A Late Quartet$75638%6-1$126$1,553,58818Entertainment One / RKO
13Movie 43$418-9%17-4$25$8,810,2356Relativity Media
14ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$6870%2-7$34$222,0984UTV Motion Pictures