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 Sat, Sep. 10 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$9,421,48618%3,222--$2,924$17,406,0501Warner Bros.
2The Help$3,925,54847%2,93592$1,337$135,002,4795Disney / DreamWorks
3The Debt$2,187,03753%1,87650$1,166$20,717,4802Focus
4Warrior (2011)$2,133,56220%1,869--$1,142$3,904,3071Lionsgate
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$1,827,54567%2,887-306$633$166,882,3716Fox
6Colombiana$1,794,14855%2,354-260$762$28,730,4453Sony / TriStar
7Shark Night 3D$1,625,10262%2,84842$571$13,891,1852Relativity Media
8Apollo 18$1,311,58850%3,3302$394$14,271,2222Weinstein Company
9Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,235,783164%2,544-463$486$33,425,8404Weinstein Company
10Our Idiot Brother$1,199,91844%2,396-159$501$20,694,0013Weinstein Company
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$999,22248%2,251-529$444$20,507,5693FilmDistrict
12Crazy, Stupid, Love$973,00841%1,310-140$743$77,911,2727Warner Bros.
13The Smurfs$879,648150%1,977-729$445$135,439,7497Sony / Columbia
14Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$532,762-1%1,500--$355$1,070,9501Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$449,80770%810-282$555$376,817,2009Warner Bros.
2Captain America: The First Avenger$392,50161%804-246$488$173,250,6888Paramount
3Cowboys & Aliens$381,80063%920-265$415$97,830,2217Universal
4Seven Days in Utopia$273,53428%555-6$493$2,587,9842Visio Entertainment
5Horrible Bosses$262,50543%50381$522$115,655,96710Warner Bros. / New Line
6Final Destination 5$261,63756%655-571$399$41,630,7315Warner Bros. / New Line
730 Minutes or Less$236,66236%646-709$366$36,349,9215Sony / Columbia
8Zookeeper$208,35487%343-58$607$78,650,85410Sony / Columbia
9Sarah's Key$173,78562%306-13$568$5,744,1848Weinstein Company
10One Day$160,18526%492-695$326$13,339,5534Focus
11The Change-Up$143,99043%374-165$385$36,408,6556Universal
12Conan the Barbarian (2011)$132,21251%551-1171$240$20,836,6404Lionsgate
13Saving Private Perez$95,75955%1654$580$1,084,7572Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Transformers: Dark of the Moon$82,99277%177-247$469$350,755,10911Paramount / DreamWorks
15Mr. Popper's Penguins$79,477104%2520$315$67,657,43813Fox
16Bridesmaids$70,92036%197-23$360$168,713,12518Universal
17Super 8$64,40660%203-37$317$126,691,69014Paramount
18Kung Fu Panda 2$59,532121%164-141$363$164,965,22216Paramount / DreamWorks
19Green Lantern$55,34689%155-30$357$116,433,57813Warner Bros.
20Friends With Benefits$35,02329%114-47$307$55,688,6688Sony / Screen Gems

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$769,7641%98--$7,855$1,528,2251CodeBlack Entertainment
2Monte Carlo$47,69590%6928$691$23,020,42311Fox
3Born to Be Wild 3D$41,713147%490$851$12,649,41223Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Bad Teacher$28,75948%96-890$300$99,028,28112Sony / Columbia
5Circumstance$22,15129%2312$963$165,8533Roadside Attractions
6Attack the Block$20,20717%51-15$396$934,7067Sony / Screen Gems
7The Tree of Life$18,52644%62-24$299$13,074,77616Fox Searchlight
8X-Men: First Class$18,52254%67-34$276$146,348,46115Fox
9The Hangover Part II$14,09553%60-30$235$254,450,91216Warner Bros.
10Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$9,73629%30$3,245$95,7442Indomina Media
11The Devil's Double$9,20543%33-16$279$1,314,8157Lionsgate
12Another Earth$9,04654%41-30$221$1,266,6878Fox Searchlight
13The Future$7,29137%269$280$470,3517Roadside Attractions
14Project Nim$2,67641%11-4$243$372,61210Roadside Attractions
15Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$1,22247%8-4$153$1,337,0599Fox Searchlight
16Tanner Hall$998-7%5--$200$2,0721Anchor Bay Films
17Everything Must Go$22626%40$57$2,711,04218Roadside Attractions
18In/Sight$12451%3-20$41$16,9562Check Entertainment
195 Days of War$1097%1-2$109$17,1494Anchor Bay Films
20The Conspirator$8-50%10$8$11,538,19622Roadside Attractions