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 Wed, Aug. 24 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$2,636,642-14%2,690156$980$79,656,9362Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$1,390,106-23%3,471-220$400$138,418,3433Fox
3Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$901,065-32%3,295--$273$14,979,3901Weinstein Company
4The Smurfs$779,492-28%3,057-370$255$120,298,4024Sony / Columbia
5Conan the Barbarian (2011)$727,137-32%3,015--$241$12,807,5641Lionsgate
630 Minutes or Less$719,711-28%2,8880$249$28,420,1892Sony / Columbia
7Fright Night (2011)$669,645-29%3,114--$215$10,552,5121Disney / DreamWorks
8Final Destination 5$662,487-29%3,1550$210$34,728,7172Warner Bros. / New Line
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$551,482-17%1,940-695$284$66,053,0014Warner Bros.
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$508,281-15%1,738-676$292$367,711,6406Warner Bros.
11One Day$493,021-26%1,721--$286$6,785,9541Focus
12Captain America: The First Avenger$400,440-18%1,988-847$201$166,086,7315Paramount
13Cowboys & Aliens$387,275-15%2,213-1097$175$90,759,4904Universal
14The Change-Up$310,270-21%1,633-1280$190$32,991,0303Universal
15Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$244,327-13%1,982-58$123$11,230,2642Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Horrible Bosses$141,151-13%755-583$187$113,036,7177Warner Bros. / New Line
2Sarah's Key$95,735-7%201100$476$3,354,3455Weinstein Company
3Friends With Benefits$66,171-22%413-881$160$54,934,9205Sony / Screen Gems
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$65,015-15%484-402$134$348,752,0658Paramount / DreamWorks
5Bridesmaids$39,040-9%244-41$160$167,780,94515Universal
6Zookeeper$38,698-20%370-378$105$76,900,3727Sony / Columbia
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$33,531-18%274-20$122$66,734,71310Fox
8Green Lantern$33,056-18%2420$137$115,709,65710Warner Bros.
9Kung Fu Panda 2$28,317-22%237-15$119$164,038,65413Paramount / DreamWorks
10X-Men: First Class$16,072-18%146-37$110$145,993,24612Fox
11The Hangover Part II$15,571-4%193-39$81$254,222,08413Warner Bros.
12Monte Carlo$7,379-13%107-17$69$22,836,3778Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$45,2921%490$924$11,915,12720Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Devil's Double$20,396-8%83-6$246$1,065,0684Lionsgate
3Another Earth$18,008-4%875$207$989,9245Fox Searchlight
4The Tree of Life$16,594-17%96-22$173$12,748,95313Fox Searchlight
5Super 8$13,648-6%86-22$159$125,732,03511Paramount
6Attack the Block$12,114-8%444$275$642,0424Sony / Screen Gems
7Beginners$9,237-1%69-34$134$5,667,64312Focus
8The Future$9,0705%3111$293$361,1734Roadside Attractions
9Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$5,6523%37-67$153$1,300,0596Fox Searchlight
10Thor$4,0206%54-27$74$181,026,50416Paramount
11Rio (2011)$3,645-21%68-31$54$143,570,30819Fox
12A Better Life$2,693-10%6514$41$1,740,7129Summit
13Project Nim$1,170-8%12-6$98$337,9997Roadside Attractions
145 Days of War$84230%2--$421$8,4321Anchor Bay Films
15Everything Must Go$4704%41$118$2,707,59115Roadside Attractions
16Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$371-59%3--$124$239,82149Collective Eye
17Insidious$31633%9-4$35$53,985,12121FilmDistrict
18The Conspirator$17915%42$45$11,535,99919Roadside Attractions
19Daylight (2011)$75-3%1--$75$4,1016Cinema Purgatorio