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, Apr. 3 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$3,277,554-15%4,06519$806$101,037,5482Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2G.I. Joe: Retaliation$2,988,366-26%3,719--$804$62,557,0151Paramount
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$1,370,554-25%2,047--$670$27,057,1161Lionsgate
4Olympus Has Fallen$1,369,079-17%3,1068$441$59,593,2762FilmDistrict
5Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,326,831-15%3,324-481$399$203,119,4024Disney
6The Host (2013)$795,309-23%3,202--$248$13,629,3011Open Road
7The Call$528,613-19%2,439-68$217$41,442,4023Sony / TriStar
8Admission$363,163-17%2,1611$168$12,929,1532Focus
9Spring Breakers$291,740-28%1,379275$212$11,163,9973A24
10The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$156,167-12%1,575-1585$99$21,167,2823Warner Bros. / New Line
11Identity Thief$119,020-8%1,082-1084$110$130,305,6258Universal
12Jack the Giant Slayer$112,388-17%1,080-1480$104$61,821,4835Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$96,120-4%752-292$128$129,013,22020Weinstein Company
2Quartet$57,949-8%302-123$192$16,771,12612Weinstein Company
3Safe Haven$55,521-6%550-729$101$69,991,1077Relativity Media
4Escape From Planet Earth$54,540-11%977-517$56$54,119,6827Weinstein Company
5Life of Pi$52,582-14%340-149$155$123,503,10019Fox
6Snitch (2013)$47,525-9%746-1061$64$41,507,5276Lionsgate / Summit
721 And Over$33,192-25%344-790$96$25,078,6295Relativity Media
8Django Unchained$22,362-4%233-63$96$162,386,89814Weinstein Company
9Stoker$21,862-12%194-81$113$1,541,9285Fox Searchlight
10Emperor$20,4724%138-99$148$2,949,9184Roadside Attractions
11Argo$18,851-19%26075$73$135,791,81525Warner Bros.
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$18,068-17%202-7$89$55,281,19310Paramount
13A Good Day to Die Hard$17,051-22%209-239$82$66,611,5427Fox
14Warm Bodies$15,287-6%162-137$94$65,297,0789Lionsgate / Summit
15Rise of The Guardians$15,035-7%134-28$112$103,343,06919Paramount / DreamWorks
16Parental Guidance$14,876-9%140-45$106$76,945,68414Fox
17Side Effects (2013)$12,778-7%102-123$125$31,274,1798Open Road
18The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$9,637-6%145-90$66$302,880,83516Warner Bros. / New Line
19Mama$9,225-6%123-7$75$71,618,35511Universal
20Les Miserables (2012)$7,630-13%109-20$70$148,801,07514Universal
21Dark Skies$6,565-9%101-104$65$17,151,8556Weinstein / Dimension
22Beautiful Creatures (2013)$5,897-10%115-73$51$19,417,4547Warner Bros.
23The Last Exorcism Part II$5,135-6%102-353$50$15,171,4085CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$26,4431%4--$6,611$363,0311Focus
2From Up on Poppy Hill$13,7000%2519$548$326,9073GKIDS
3To the Arctic 3D$11,947-21%520$230$11,961,75850Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Born to Be Wild 3D$9,29711%300$310$22,386,776104Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Girl Rising$8,98041%3932$230$544,0594Gathr Films
6Himmatwala$8,929-36%99--$90$233,9931UTV Motion Pictures
7The Impossible$6,699-6%86-37$78$18,840,15115Lionsgate / Summit
8The Sapphires$5,680-21%128$473$145,7962Weinstein Company
9Starbuck$4,848-32%1714$285$3,543,2522eOne Films US
10Dead Man Down$2,679-33%75-537$36$10,774,8704FilmDistrict
11Parker$1,7325%36-19$48$17,614,82410FilmDistrict
12Bless Me, Ultima$1,60017%11-10$145$1,550,9526Arenas Entertainment
13The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$1,0266%7-21$147$366,8315Methinx Entertainment
14Gangster Squad$967-1%500$19$45,999,96512Warner Bros.
15Camp (2013)$73564%6-11$123$105,9096Freestyle Releasing
16Kai Po Che$563-8%5-13$113$1,117,8906UTV Motion Pictures