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 Sun, Jun. 30 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$13,522,498-23%4,0040$3,377$170,433,1932Disney
2The Heat$10,952,911-24%3,181--$3,443$39,115,0431Fox
3World War Z$9,136,868-22%3,6070$2,533$123,696,9192Paramount
4White House Down$6,596,562-29%3,222--$2,047$24,852,2581Sony / Columbia
5Man of Steel$6,365,117-24%4,131-76$1,541$248,577,5963Warner Bros.
6This Is The End$2,797,912-15%2,710-345$1,032$74,681,8363Sony / Columbia
7Now You See Me$1,705,605-24%2,564-259$665$104,792,8585Lionsgate / Summit
8Fast & Furious 6$736,250-26%1,550-867$475$233,351,7656Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$696,546-21%1,035-530$673$220,591,0707Paramount
10The Internship$425,249-27%1,008-908$422$41,711,7964Fox
11The Purge$336,600-31%1,122-1079$300$62,791,3154Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$347,192-42%540-384$643$405,393,2059Disney
2The Bling Ring$267,685-14%630-20$425$4,350,3503A24
3Epic$240,723-24%774-1220$311$103,010,1336Fox
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$179,690-27%22216$809$2,193,5664Roadside Attractions
5The Croods$138,286-26%307-17$450$184,419,44115Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$123,665-19%255-107$485$142,376,0678Warner Bros.
7The Hangover Part III$102,533-28%277-253$370$110,707,3356Warner Bros.
8After Earth$100,730-23%331-835$304$58,247,3675Sony / Columbia
9The East$77,009-31%185-10$416$1,640,5685Fox Searchlight
10Mud$63,587-29%168-45$378$20,570,15410Roadside Attractions
11The Big Wedding$59,27920%101-40$587$21,805,33410Lionsgate
1242 (2013)$53,046-31%252-73$211$94,565,75812Warner Bros.
13Scary Movie 5$37,01115%122-12$303$31,814,07112Weinstein / Dimension
14Olympus Has Fallen$31,729-25%165-12$192$98,770,22015FilmDistrict
15G.I. Joe: Retaliation$25,071-24%118-21$212$122,400,46614Paramount
16Escape From Planet Earth$9,533-17%101-37$94$56,852,48420Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ghanchakkar$38,567-28%89--$433$143,6161UTV Motion Pictures
2Unfinished Song$30,391-25%1917$1,600$131,8232Weinstein Company
3The Kings of Summer$26,768-25%48-17$558$925,1785CBS Films
4Copperhead$17,692-7%59--$300$55,6251Brainstorm Media
5Kon-Tiki$10,233-6%34-19$301$1,362,63410Weinstein Company
6To the Arctic 3D$10,064-29%520$194$12,928,01863Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Stories We Tell$9,213-23%23-10$401$1,385,3448Roadside Attractions
8Redemption (2013)$7,162-5%19--$377$19,9771Roadside Attractions
9The Sapphires$5,2381%18-11$291$2,393,08215Weinstein Company
10Born to Be Wild 3D$4,927-36%300$164$22,896,869117Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Not Today$4,5371%52$907$309,55012Freestyle Releasing
12Pain and Gain$3,674-11%26-24$141$49,359,97310Paramount
13Lost and Found in Armenia$2,2260%21$1,113$117,1914High Top Releasing
14Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$1,86518%6-2$311$497,8829eOne Films US
15Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$1,8134%1--$1,813$32,35811Rialto Pictures
16Made in Cleveland$420-2%3-2$140$9,8742Striped Entertainment
17Detention of the Dead$1032%2--$52$1,3321Anchor Bay Films
18The Stroller Strategy$57-64%1--$57$3,2553Rialto Premieres
19Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$32-58%1-16$32$6,7812High Top Releasing