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, Apr. 2 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1G.I. Joe: Retaliation$4,012,941-12%3,719--$1,079$59,568,6491Paramount
2The Croods$3,866,600-23%4,06519$951$97,759,9942Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$1,831,088-17%2,047--$895$25,686,5621Lionsgate
4Olympus Has Fallen$1,652,899-2%3,1068$532$58,224,1972FilmDistrict
5Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,563,182-16%3,324-481$470$201,792,5714Disney
6The Host (2013)$1,032,869-14%3,202--$323$12,833,9921Open Road
7The Call$653,9300%2,439-68$268$40,913,7893Sony / TriStar
8Admission$436,33413%2,1611$202$12,565,9902Focus
9Spring Breakers$403,0062%1,379275$292$10,872,2573A24
10The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$178,420-12%1,575-1585$113$21,011,1153Warner Bros. / New Line
11Jack the Giant Slayer$135,463-22%1,080-1480$125$61,709,0955Warner Bros. / New Line
12Identity Thief$129,840-8%1,082-1084$120$130,186,6058Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$100,184-4%752-292$133$128,917,10020Weinstein Company
2Quartet$62,99825%302-123$209$16,713,17712Weinstein Company
3Escape From Planet Earth$61,248-20%977-517$63$54,065,1427Weinstein Company
4Life of Pi$61,118-10%340-149$180$123,450,51819Fox
5Safe Haven$59,188-9%550-729$108$69,935,5867Relativity Media
6Snitch (2013)$52,049-4%746-1061$70$41,460,0026Lionsgate / Summit
721 And Over$44,106-10%344-790$128$25,045,4375Relativity Media
8Stoker$24,71215%194-81$127$1,520,0665Fox Searchlight
9Argo$23,27419%26075$90$135,772,96425Warner Bros.
10Django Unchained$23,203-13%233-63$100$162,364,53614Weinstein Company
11A Good Day to Die Hard$21,9382%209-239$105$66,594,4917Fox
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$21,8885%202-7$108$55,263,12510Paramount
13Emperor$19,7202%138-99$143$2,929,4464Roadside Attractions
14Parental Guidance$16,4243%140-45$117$76,930,80814Fox
15Warm Bodies$16,244-14%162-137$100$65,281,7919Lionsgate / Summit
16Rise of The Guardians$16,1481%134-28$121$103,328,03419Paramount / DreamWorks
17Side Effects (2013)$13,7405%102-123$135$31,261,4018Open Road
18The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$10,252-10%145-90$71$302,871,19816Warner Bros. / New Line
19Mama$9,840-11%123-7$80$71,609,13011Universal
20Les Miserables (2012)$8,720-6%109-20$80$148,793,44514Universal
21Dark Skies$7,221-1%101-104$71$17,145,2906Weinstein / Dimension
22Beautiful Creatures (2013)$6,552-2%115-73$57$19,411,5577Warner Bros.
23The Last Exorcism Part II$5,477-31%102-353$54$15,166,2735CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$26,266-15%4--$6,567$336,5881Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$15,192-13%520$292$11,949,81150Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Himmatwala$14,0566%99--$142$225,0641UTV Motion Pictures
4From Up on Poppy Hill$13,766-14%2519$551$313,2073GKIDS
5Born to Be Wild 3D$8,41112%300$280$22,377,479104Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Sapphires$7,2258%128$602$140,1162Weinstein Company
7Starbuck$7,12080%1714$419$3,538,4042eOne Films US
8The Impossible$7,115-4%86-37$83$18,833,45215Lionsgate / Summit
9Girl Rising$6,350-38%3930$163$535,0794Gathr Films
10Dead Man Down$4,01913%75-537$54$10,772,1914FilmDistrict
11Parker$1,65714%36-19$46$17,613,09210FilmDistrict
12Bless Me, Ultima$1,371-21%11-10$125$1,539,6166Arenas Entertainment
13Gangster Squad$976-25%500$20$45,998,99812Warner Bros.
14The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$970-3%7-21$139$365,8055Methinx Entertainment
15Kai Po Che$61447%5-13$123$1,117,3276UTV Motion Pictures
16Camp (2013)$4498%6-11$75$105,1746Freestyle Releasing