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, Jun. 18 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Man of Steel$11,511,127-9%4,207--$2,736$152,777,6181Warner Bros.
2This Is The End$3,356,333-2%3,055--$1,099$39,801,8121Sony / Columbia
3Now You See Me$1,725,08916%3,08262$560$83,920,5603Lionsgate / Summit
4The Purge$1,177,6250%2,59155$455$54,320,5752Universal
5Fast & Furious 6$1,145,8656%3,375-396$340$221,950,5904Universal
6The Internship$1,136,48116%3,39933$334$33,212,0732Fox
7Epic$1,108,22435%3,151-443$352$97,639,9394Fox
8Star Trek Into Darkness$723,89612%2,331-821$311$212,456,6695Paramount
9After Earth$573,34612%2,432-969$236$55,601,7173Sony / Columbia
10Iron Man 3$368,60513%1,649-702$224$400,353,8017Disney
11The Hangover Part III$368,2839%1,901-1341$194$108,740,1934Warner Bros.
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$297,48618%1,175-985$253$140,526,6086Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$118,49236%368-46$322$182,856,75913Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Mud$78,80119%405-175$195$19,763,4938Roadside Attractions
342 (2013)$69,14210%44474$156$93,833,67210Warner Bros.
4The East$38,27217%11574$333$780,3053Fox Searchlight
5Oblivion (2013)$29,54514%258-40$115$88,833,3409Universal
6Olympus Has Fallen$20,70510%201-35$103$98,428,06113FilmDistrict
7The Big Wedding$17,60733%16573$107$21,508,1458Lionsgate
8Scary Movie 5$16,6553%14190$118$31,562,36510Weinstein / Dimension
9G.I. Joe: Retaliation$16,6185%170-66$98$122,141,30712Paramount
10Escape From Planet Earth$15,60652%151-31$103$56,716,57218Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bling Ring$34,324-7%5--$6,865$285,7351A24
2The Kings of Summer$22,35016%6319$355$588,3953CBS Films
3Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$19,970-5%2318$868$429,7962Roadside Attractions
4Stories We Tell$11,23915%63-7$178$1,265,1766Roadside Attractions
5Kon-Tiki$10,260-2%70-5$147$1,232,9368Weinstein Company
6Born to Be Wild 3D$9,52234%300$317$22,816,706115Warner Bros. / IMAX
7To the Arctic 3D$8,68875%520$167$12,819,89061Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Place Beyond the Pines$6,57319%76-58$86$21,342,28912Focus
9Pain and Gain$4,94814%70-105$71$49,299,8648Paramount
10Lost and Found in Armenia$3,379-19%2-7$1,690$90,2392High Top Releasing
11The Sapphires$3,20428%39-16$82$2,331,44313Weinstein Company
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$2,64516%14-15$189$478,5437eOne Films US
13Quartet$2,028-92%25-89$81$18,364,41323Weinstein Company
14We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$1,98811%11-14$181$162,7084Focus World
15Wish You Were Here (2013)$81277%6-5$135$42,2232eOne Films US
16Tiger Eyes$71375%6-11$119$22,8382Freestyle Releasing
17Not Today$63949%7-12$91$292,89410Freestyle Releasing
18From Up on Poppy Hill$46021%100$46$1,001,71914GKIDS
19The Stroller Strategy$34913%1--$349$2,4581Rialto Premieres
20Camp (2013)$31445%2--$157$324,15917Freestyle Releasing