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, Dec. 16 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$1,569,66410%3,555--$442$30,363,5751Fox
2The Tourist$1,271,108-3%2,756--$461$22,091,2331Sony / Columbia
3Tangled$1,006,65316%3,565-38$282$119,142,9323Disney
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$777,0037%3,577-548$217$260,701,2574Warner Bros.
5Burlesque$393,1373%2,876-161$137$34,111,9103Sony / Screen Gems
6Love and Other Drugs$361,7110%2,240-218$161$29,089,2633Fox
7Unstoppable (2010)$338,0306%2,967-185$114$75,542,6085Fox
8Due Date$291,2034%1,990-460$146$96,064,9226Warner Bros.
9Megamind$188,55510%2,425-748$78$140,950,9626Paramount / DreamWorks
10Faster (2010)$178,4891%2,106-364$85$22,066,5483CBS Films
11The Next Three Days$113,8702%1,426-810$80$20,763,0504Lionsgate
12The Warrior's Way$108,790-6%1,6220$67$5,419,8172Relativity Media
13Morning Glory (2010)$62,6346%1,004-1259$62$30,451,3385Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$127,006-2%416-17$305$8,765,5276Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$54,2622%4360$124$8,430,4156Summit
3Red (2010)$51,2112%564-215$91$88,093,4219Summit
4The Social Network$47,93311%227-33$211$91,558,90111Sony / Columbia
5Despicable Me$19,1258%255-25$75$250,322,31523Universal
6The Town$18,6416%255-63$73$92,017,26613Warner Bros.
7Skyline$15,2951%277-301$55$21,315,4605Universal / Rogue
8Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$14,31217%288-34$50$55,087,50212Warner Bros.
9For Colored Girls$13,7932%243-242$57$37,588,7236Lionsgate
10Life As We Know It$7,66525%120-88$64$52,235,47410Warner Bros.
11Inception$6,44014%108-9$60$292,485,54422Warner Bros.
12Jackass 3D$5,952-13%108-72$55$116,857,7369Paramount
13Paranormal Activity 2$4,878-4%125-75$39$84,354,4408Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$445,010-7%9072$4,945$7,408,2742Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$84,0852%1913$4,426$1,839,8283Weinstein Company
3The Fighter$31,791-6%4--$7,948$433,9351Paramount
4Hubble 3D$25,506-4%570$447$19,250,55739Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$17,77941%150$1,185$382,5976Warner Bros.
6I Love You Phillip Morris$17,5410%3528$501$374,5112Roadside Attractions
7Waiting for 'Superman'$9,37496%55-30$170$6,402,17412Paramount Vantage
8Under the Sea 3D$6,39437%11-2$581$25,056,16896Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Tempest$6,21727%6--$1,036$63,3901Disney
10Conviction$5,142-23%75-32$69$6,756,0959Fox Searchlight
11Hereafter$3,723-9%87-27$43$32,505,7639Warner Bros.
12The Nutcracker in 3D$1,856144%37-78$50$195,4593Freestyle Releasing
13Hemingway's Garden of Eden$1,665-15%14--$119$19,5481Roadside Attractions
14Stone$1,111-16%19-3$58$1,782,08710Relativity / Overture
15Frankie & Alice (2010)$99813%1--$998$10,6711Freestyle Releasing
16Wild Target$812-1%9-4$90$108,5897Freestyle
17Jack Goes Boating$743-1%4233$18$541,99213Relativity / Overture
18Winter's Bone$518118%31$173$6,233,82927Roadside Attractions
19Cool It$96-18%10-5$10$62,4205Roadside Attractions