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 Mon, May. 31 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 31 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$13,749,371-9%4,3678$3,148$146,810,7852Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$7,717,816-19%3,646--$2,117$37,813,0751Disney
3Sex and the City 2$5,833,000-28%3,445--$1,693$51,043,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
4Iron Man 2$4,617,249-21%3,804-373$1,214$279,653,1494Paramount
5Robin Hood$3,019,000-19%3,373-132$895$86,144,0003Universal
6Letters to Juliet$1,658,752-11%2,825-150$587$38,195,9423Summit
7Just Wright$679,124-7%1,195-636$568$18,833,2203Fox Searchlight
8Date Night$489,902-22%1,126-743$435$94,005,3658Fox
9MacGruber$458,000-20%2,546-5$180$7,674,0002Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 31 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1How to Train Your Dragon$362,843-10%825-926$440$213,117,89610Paramount / DreamWorks
2A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$205,000-35%891-1234$230$61,906,0005Warner Bros. / New Line
3Babies$166,416-4%301-94$553$6,090,7714Focus
4Alice in Wonderland (2010)$143,206--341-70$420$333,160,34513Disney
5The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$124,531--166--$750$6,938,56911Music Box
6City Island$120,987-17%201-33$602$4,862,13711Anchor Bay
7The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$119,986--155--$774$3,452,7747Sony Pictures Classics
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$82,7524%283-69$292$62,769,86811Fox
9The Bounty Hunter$79,184-19%287--$276$65,652,47911Sony / Columbia
10Death at a Funeral (2010)$71,552-13%247-314$290$41,945,5967Sony / Screen Gems
11The Back-up Plan$68,495-34%391-688$175$36,594,9906CBS Films
12Hot Tub Time Machine$62,000-28%36486$170$50,007,00010MGM
13Clash of the Titans (2010)$57,000-30%225-187$253$161,380,0009Warner Bros.
14Kites$53,983-42%176-32$307$1,497,6452Reliance Big Cinema
15Oceans$46,773--178-346$263$18,910,0836Disneynature
16Kick-Ass$46,042-26%163-146$282$47,508,2277Lionsgate
17The Last Song$38,376--214-143$179$61,971,2489Disney
18Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$38,260-9%17744$216$59,982,6299Lionsgate
19Furry Vengeance$37,555-47%247-1122$152$16,501,8585Summit
20Shutter Island$33,067-50%201-55$165$127,845,04115Paramount
21Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$21,98623%108-58$204$88,603,07816Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 31 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$90,000-25%480$1,875$7,097,00011Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Exit Through the Gift Shop$66,117--46--$1,437$1,950,3487Producers Distribution Agency
3Please Give$55,398--50--$1,108$1,395,2905Sony Pictures Classics
4Harry Brown$37,940--54--$703$1,066,7585Samuel Goldwyn
5Princess Kaiulani$33,518-1%38-9$882$626,9853Roadside Attractions
6Our Family Wedding$32,047226%52-32$616$20,217,84512Fox Searchlight
7Solitary Man$26,252-13%62$4,375$243,0872Anchor Bay
8Avatar$24,161-46%84-83$288$749,073,10024Fox
9The Ghost Writer$19,970-25%58-28$344$15,331,63915Summit
10Mother and Child$17,037--33--$516$336,5454Sony Pictures Classics
11Holy Rollers$16,513--20--$826$126,08518First Independent Pictures
12The Losers$16,000-59%83-102$193$23,247,0006Warner Bros.
13La Mission$12,000--25--$480$863,0008Screen Media
14The Father of My Children$11,119--5--$2,224$56,0242IFC Films
15Agora$11,051--2--$5,526$44,3131Newmarket
16Survival of the Dead$10,848--20--$542$54,6051Magnolia / Magnet
17The Tooth Fairy$10,7631%76-39$142$59,965,64919Fox
18Breathless (2010 re-issue)$9,200--4--$2,300$41,4001Rialto
19Micmacs$9,163--4--$2,291$51,9141Sony Classics
20The Secret of Kells$8,785-2%252$351$541,97313GKIDS
21Under the Sea 3D$8,500-29%180$472$22,221,00068Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Casino Jack and the United States of Money$7,089--21--$338$136,6914Magnolia
23The City of Your Final Destination$6,400--14--$457$291,0007Screen Media Films
24Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$6,344--12--$529$456,59211Zeitgeist
25The Square (2010)$4,577-22%153$305$288,7318Apparition
26The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$3,751--1--$3,751$52,6798International Film Circuit
27A Prophet (Un proph├Ęte)$2,743--14--$196$2,063,52014Sony Classics
28The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$2,356--14--$168$135,9625IFC
29Looking for Eric$2,341--8--$293$34,0353IFC
30Vincere$2,328--12--$194$590,97811IFC
31Chloe$2,179--18--$121$3,014,59210Sony Pictures Classics
32The Good, the Bad, the Weird$2,105--13--$162$101,7738IFC
33Madeo (Mother)$1,803--12--$150$526,45353Magnolia
34Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$1,627--6--$271$23,196,718139National Geographic
35Racing Dreams$1,616-16%8-23$202$29,4092Hanover House
36Letters to God$1,500--14-25$107$2,839,0008Vivendi
37The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$1,241--5--$248$444,29518First Run Features
38The Runaways$1,1150%11-19$101$3,571,73511Apparition
39OSS 117: Lost in Rio$1,080--3--$360$49,86659Music Box
40180┬░ South$1,079--4--$270$24,2062Magnolia
41The Eclipse$914--5--$183$119,37710Magnolia
42John Rabe$911--4--$228$12,8242Strand
43The Joneses$670-29%8-19$84$1,435,7547Roadside Attractions
44Best Worst Movie$665--2--$333$41,1466Area23a
45Sweetgrass$651--3--$217$164,10136Cinema Guild
46No One Knows About Persian Cats$599--7--$86$69,6337IFC
47Daddy Longlegs$497--2--$249$20,7283Sundance Selects
48Crazy Heart$450--7-21$64$39,462,00024Fox Searchlight
49After the Cup: Sons of Sakhin United$327--2--$164$5,5072Variance Films
50U2 3D$202--1--$202$10,329,092123National Geographic
51The Last Station$198--3--$66$6,606,85220Sony Pictures Classics
52Terribly Happy$190--3--$63$168,16817Oscilloscope
53Here and There (Tamo i Ovde)$183--4--$46$15,9793Cinema Purgatorio
54The Girl on the Train$90--2--$45$201,79519Strand Releasing
55The White Ribbon$15--1--$15$2,222,64722Sony Classics