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, Mar. 24 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Limitless$1,610,2221%2,756--$584$26,055,9821Relativity Media
2The Lincoln Lawyer$1,077,390-2%2,707--$398$17,967,1831Lionsgate
3Rango$1,045,7957%3,843-80$272$96,563,1653Paramount
4Battle: Los Angeles$1,000,6770%3,4170$293$64,979,5442Sony / Columbia
5Paul$937,4503%2,802--$335$17,104,1701Universal
6Red Riding Hood$544,1087%3,0300$180$28,113,4572Warner Bros.
7The Adjustment Bureau$477,4953%2,660-187$180$50,626,0703Universal
8Mars Needs Moms$408,2349%3,1170$131$16,966,2132Disney
9Hall Pass$251,046-1%1,905-650$132$40,618,1104Warner Bros. / New Line
10Beastly$236,34114%1,810-149$131$23,128,5733CBS Films
11The King's Speech$209,1417%1,249-519$167$133,293,61117Weinstein Company
12Gnomeo and Juliet$208,74713%1,748-837$119$94,362,5346Disney
13Just Go With It$201,78610%1,708-690$118$98,740,8216Sony / Columbia
14Unknown (2011)$122,4444%1,401-902$87$61,593,2255Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1I Am Number Four$98,18411%955-1050$103$52,990,6255Disney / DreamWorks
2Cedar Rapids$58,322-2%46268$126$5,714,7506Fox Searchlight
3Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$34,4269%480-767$72$72,342,8566Paramount
4Yogi Bear$34,42416%43834$79$99,549,37514Warner Bros.
5Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$32,2879%550-381$59$36,549,2265Fox
6True Grit (2010)$24,7018%268-133$92$169,876,61013Paramount
7The Fighter$23,4691%316-147$74$93,461,48515Paramount
8Black Swan$22,4956%191-146$118$106,394,06916Fox Searchlight
9No Strings Attached$21,0033%232-22$91$70,341,5289Paramount
10Take Me Home Tonight$16,552-7%281-1722$59$6,773,4293Relativity Media
11The Rite$12,1856%202117$60$32,907,1718Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$51,3424%2622$1,975$915,5332Focus
2Hubble 3D$43,04621%490$878$22,973,93653Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Win Win$14,894-3%5--$2,979$207,9161Fox Searchlight
4I Love You Phillip Morris$14,32131%11-1$1,302$2,003,70116Roadside Attractions
5Biutiful$14,32131%88-26$163$4,751,26712Roadside Attractions
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$8,12910%94-28$86$294,856,40918Warner Bros.
7Kill the Irishman$7,376-41%2116$351$379,6182Anchor Bay Films
8The Mechanic$6,8829%9957$70$29,026,2928CBS Films
9The Music Never Stopped$6,294-5%32--$197$101,8481Roadside Attractions
10The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$6,27326%82-41$77$104,247,47415Fox
11The Eagle$5,7454%92-7$62$19,388,7486Focus
12Drive Angry$5,6729%95-456$60$10,530,6764Summit
13The Company Men$4,92026%58-5$85$4,228,2469Weinstein Company
14Blue Valentine (2010)$4,7991%43-17$112$9,597,51312Weinstein Company
15127 Hours$3,21349%32-47$100$18,292,81420Fox Searchlight
16Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,65724%43-56$62$42,714,64513Fox
17happythankyoumoreplease$2,397-14%12-7$200$147,6983Anchor Bay Films
18Rabbit Hole$1,285-48%29-9$44$2,193,64214Lionsgate
19Nostalgia for the Light$1,23626%1--$1,236$15,8241Icarus Films
20Season of the Witch$9704%31-23$31$24,827,22811Relativity Media
21From Prada to Nada$776-2%27-6$29$2,974,6938Lionsgate / Pantelion
22Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$564-16%50$113$83,8396Phase 4 Films