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 Thu, Apr. 18 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
142 (2013)$1,936,3854%3,003--$645$36,032,1011Warner Bros.
2The Croods$725,13811%3,689-190$197$145,397,7424Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3G.I. Joe: Retaliation$670,3613%3,535-199$190$105,436,2663Paramount
4Evil Dead$607,681-2%3,0250$201$44,344,9502Sony / TriStar
5Olympus Has Fallen$592,3166%2,935-124$202$84,301,2524FilmDistrict
6Jurassic Park 3D$555,655-7%2,7787$200$34,471,0902Universal
7Scary Movie 5$524,0711%3,402--$154$16,647,5921Weinstein / Dimension
8Oz: The Great and Powerful$322,3654%2,504-401$129$220,722,1086Disney
9Tyler Perry's Temptation$282,1455%1,805-242$156$46,664,1653Lionsgate
10The Host (2013)$182,3074%2,172-1030$84$24,178,7533Open Road
11The Call$157,7296%1,630-372$97$49,222,1495Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$362,2256%514484$705$6,725,1003Focus
2Trance$80,152-8%438434$183$1,422,6142Fox Searchlight
3Admission$75,6591%909-498$83$17,110,7444Focus
4Spring Breakers$44,184-2%426-646$104$13,728,5275A24
5Identity Thief$39,480-7%564-157$70$132,191,21010Universal
6Silver Linings Playbook$38,8327%451-73$86$130,483,21522Weinstein Company
7Quartet$27,283-6%224-28$122$17,688,76514Weinstein Company
8Jack the Giant Slayer$22,19512%331-171$67$63,051,1647Warner Bros. / New Line
9Life of Pi$21,47512%217-52$99$124,363,11921Fox
10Warm Bodies$18,70414%279-8$67$65,968,02911Lionsgate / Summit
11Safe Haven$15,3283%277-83$55$70,667,5529Relativity Media
12A Good Day to Die Hard$13,40411%210-15$64$67,058,2209Fox
13The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$12,087-4%274-261$44$22,182,5825Warner Bros. / New Line
14Escape From Planet Earth$11,118-1%276-156$40$54,704,9899Weinstein Company
15Snitch (2013)$10,4884%215-89$49$42,031,3688Lionsgate / Summit
16Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$8,55410%154-26$56$55,620,51712Paramount
17Django Unchained$7,6607%126-57$61$162,721,64716Weinstein Company
1821 And Over$6,826-24%107-73$64$25,466,2587Relativity Media
19Argo$3,9989%1720$23$136,002,57427Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$25,25918%480$526$750,8166Gathr Films
2The Sapphires$24,343-1%9333$262$882,7584Weinstein Company
3From Up on Poppy Hill$10,90613%498$223$648,1875GKIDS
4To the Arctic 3D$10,28619%520$198$12,151,95752Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Born to Be Wild 3D$8,65452%300$288$22,476,852106Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Emperor$7,8377%96-24$82$3,248,1976Roadside Attractions
7Side Effects (2013)$6,1286%53-27$116$31,502,83010Open Road
8Not Today$6,11622%41--$149$119,0861Freestyle Releasing
9The Impossible$5,784-9%77-3$75$19,019,88217Lionsgate / Summit
10Dead Man Down$4,05028%94-52$43$10,895,2956FilmDistrict
11Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$3,85326%13-3$296$121,4802CodeBlack Films
12Starbuck$2,987-5%321$93$3,670,8354eOne Films US
13Camp (2013)$2,9590%2113$141$180,9158Freestyle Releasing
14Parental Guidance$2,74016%90-20$30$77,129,30316Fox
15The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$2,15528%55-22$39$302,982,41218Warner Bros. / New Line
16Stoker$1,9054%30-59$64$1,680,7537Fox Searchlight
17Dark Skies$1,719-4%25-3$69$17,225,0708Weinstein / Dimension
18Settai$545-7%15-18$36$80,2892UTV Motion Pictures
19Kai Po Che$10-71%1-1$10$1,120,8968UTV Motion Pictures