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, Oct. 22 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 3$17,203,500-35%3,321--$5,180$43,509,2451Paramount
2Real Steel$4,885,15157%3,412-28$1,432$63,898,2823Disney / DreamWorks
3Footloose (2011)$4,526,66629%3,5556$1,273$28,049,6512Paramount
4The Three Musketeers (2011)$3,517,99518%3,017--$1,166$6,487,6821Summit
5The Ides of March$2,229,90646%2,042-157$1,092$28,018,0463Sony / Columbia
6Dolphin Tale$1,849,60548%2,828-458$654$63,286,7295Warner Bros.
7Moneyball$1,816,37837%2,353-487$772$62,801,2625Sony / Columbia
8Johnny English Reborn$1,645,13541%1,552--$1,060$2,808,9801Universal
9The Thing (2011)$1,302,82530%2,995-1$435$13,285,4952Universal
1050/50$1,222,17732%1,932-459$633$28,133,5874Summit
11Courageous$1,004,88427%1,195-19$841$24,279,7674Sony / TriStar
12The Big Year$721,48726%2,1500$336$5,614,5232Fox
13The Lion King 3D$563,54383%1,091-879$517$92,225,4216Disney
14Dream House$532,40540%1,224-948$435$19,959,5304Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$384,69842%901-783$427$73,277,5367Warner Bros.
2The Mighty Macs$356,4133%975--$366$703,2531Quaker Media
3The Help$315,99545%776-491$407$166,010,45911Disney / DreamWorks
4Abduction$268,09650%753-954$356$26,658,7275Lionsgate
5Drive (2011)$254,34336%367-336$693$33,021,9326FilmDistrict
6Killer Elite$177,02546%751-680$236$24,520,6255Open Road
7The Smurfs$168,09055%327-43$514$140,444,76813Sony / Columbia
8What's Your Number?$124,06026%343-939$362$13,620,0434Fox
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$106,04050%249-24$426$175,570,76012Fox
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$101,96829%308146$331$83,586,57613Warner Bros.
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$78,22542%240-90$326$380,484,06615Warner Bros.
12Captain America: The First Avenger$70,75239%184-62$385$176,384,41714Paramount
13Colombiana$53,53066%17644$304$36,511,0099Sony / TriStar
14Laugh at My Pain$52,35950%103-85$508$7,533,0837CodeBlack Entertainment
15Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$49,00890%178-133$275$38,165,19010Weinstein Company
16The Debt$47,82569%119-81$402$31,028,1388Focus
17Cowboys & Aliens$40,61538%131-77$310$100,093,04113Universal
18Shark Night 3D$30,53888%102-13$299$18,712,4458Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Margin Call$239,13141%56--$4,270$408,4211Roadside Attractions
2Martha Marcy May Marlene$54,37635%4--$13,594$94,5411Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$34,0657%490$695$13,643,77229Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Zookeeper$19,16467%94-61$204$80,347,86016Sony / Columbia
5Our Idiot Brother$13,64628%7938$173$24,723,5789Weinstein Company
6Munger Road$13,63522%16-16$852$214,0474Freestyle Releasing
7Machine Gun Preacher$12,80939%25-18$512$466,3305Relativity Media
8Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$12,71842%53-27$240$23,919,3369FilmDistrict
9Warrior (2011)$10,95211%65-70$168$13,624,7697Lionsgate
10Horrible Bosses$10,31138%50-35$206$117,524,03416Warner Bros. / New Line
11Sarah's Key$9,04431%48-38$188$7,019,40714Weinstein Company
12Labios Rojos$8,81335%43-24$205$113,1342Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$5,16461%21-1$246$471,1128Indomina Media
14I Don't Know How She Does It$3,78735%29-78$131$9,593,3336Weinstein Company
15Seven Days in Utopia$3,648-14%20-21$182$4,351,7238Visio Entertainment
16Circumstance$3,55952%10-9$356$415,7279Roadside Attractions
17Texas Killing Fields$3,42814%41$857$19,8042Anchor Bay Films
18Apollo 18$2,85723%13-5$220$17,551,1448Weinstein Company
19Dirty Girl$1,56136%5-5$312$46,5073Weinstein Company
20The Future$1,416-18%14-2$101$558,33713Roadside Attractions
21Project Nim$74357%129$62$401,16516Roadside Attractions
22Thunder Soul$41275%4-8$103$142,6365Roadside Attractions