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 Fri, Nov. 12 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unstoppable (2010)$7,973,861--3,207--$2,486$7,973,8611Fox
2Megamind$7,808,4962%3,9495$1,977$67,510,6702Paramount / DreamWorks
3Due Date$5,513,44864%3,36510$1,638$48,991,7142Warner Bros.
4Skyline$4,737,555--2,880--$1,645$4,737,5551Universal / Rogue
5Morning Glory (2010)$3,076,802100%2,518--$1,222$5,682,8571Paramount
6For Colored Girls$1,984,10928%2,1270$933$26,154,2972Lionsgate
7Red (2010)$1,582,18235%2,878-351$550$76,286,0395Summit
8Paranormal Activity 2$1,049,78056%2,403-765$437$80,000,2364Paramount
9Saw 3D$954,97835%1,976-832$483$41,672,8393Lionsgate
10Jackass 3D$783,16236%1,607-558$487$113,190,9715Paramount
11Secretariat$666,15210%2,019-595$330$53,208,0266Disney
12The Social Network$553,90532%1,088-772$509$86,591,3307Sony / Columbia
13Life As We Know It$442,06921%1,239-711$357$49,902,6886Warner Bros.
14Hereafter$395,676-16%1,691-674$234$29,543,7525Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$279,456249%175129$1,597$1,178,4422Summit
2Conviction$179,7472%493-179$365$5,591,7235Fox Searchlight
3The Town$136,935-8%375-426$365$90,325,0949Warner Bros.
4Despicable Me$102,37533%273-34$375$248,554,69519Universal
5Inception$75,84634%262-29$289$291,673,92518Warner Bros.
6Waiting for 'Superman'$68,216-30%204-38$334$5,744,8858Paramount Vantage
7Easy A$55,080-12%197-289$280$57,431,6529Sony / Screen Gems
8Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$50,72561%249-104$204$52,042,8238Fox
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$49,125-46%240-500$205$54,241,5798Warner Bros.
10The Other Guys$37,543--182-53$206$119,138,26515Sony / Columbia
11Takers$30,352--176-39$172$57,673,69812Sony / Screen Gems
12Devil$21,0106%120-164$175$33,539,9759Universal
13Nowhere Boy$19,731-6%111-64$178$1,283,5386Weinstein Company
14Alpha and Omega$19,138-51%123-165$156$24,537,2769Lionsgate
15Let Me In$16,063280%14348$112$12,028,3767Relativity / Overture
16Case 39$8,455-31%106-51$80$13,226,9047Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$138,496350%2218$6,295$511,4852Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$59,80026%56-4$1,068$17,945,21035Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stone$22,1389%87-22$254$1,588,5636Relativity / Overture
4Under the Sea 3D$17,04570%140$1,218$24,761,67892Warner Bros. / IMAX
5It's Kind of a Funny Story$14,706-44%67-134$219$6,279,7386Focus
6Cool It$8,529--41--$208$8,5291Roadside Attractions
7Catfish$7,495-15%25-30$300$3,184,8339Universal / Rogue
8Avatar$7,17321%6-3$1,196$760,484,80848Fox
9Never Let Me Go$6,891-4%32-19$215$2,313,5599Fox Searchlight
10N-Secure$4,934-47%20-85$247$2,584,6535Freestyle
11Jack Goes Boating$3,53941%343$104$504,8099Relativity / Overture
12The Tillman Story$2,488-26%21-3$118$776,32513Weinstein Company
13Wild Target$1,766114%50$353$49,6853Freestyle
14Winter's Bone$405-19%100$41$6,038,44123Roadside Attractions
15Piranha 3D$26773%82$33$25,002,42713Weinstein Company
16I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$125-48%1-1$125$92,2036Anchor Bay