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 Sun, Oct. 23 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 3$9,058,938-47%3,321--$2,728$52,568,1831Paramount
2Real Steel$2,833,870-42%3,412-28$831$66,732,1523Disney / DreamWorks
3Footloose (2011)$2,314,587-49%3,5556$651$30,364,2382Paramount
4The Three Musketeers (2011)$2,186,770-38%3,017--$725$8,674,4521Summit
5Dolphin Tale$1,121,206-39%2,828-458$396$64,407,9355Warner Bros.
6The Ides of March$1,094,331-51%2,042-157$536$29,112,3773Sony / Columbia
7Johnny English Reborn$1,024,320-38%1,552--$660$3,833,3001Universal
8Moneyball$839,484-54%2,353-487$357$63,640,7465Sony / Columbia
9The Thing (2011)$763,725-41%2,995-1$255$14,049,2202Universal
10Courageous$695,419-31%1,195-19$582$24,975,1864Sony / TriStar
1150/50$687,161-44%1,932-459$356$28,820,7484Summit
12The Big Year$385,895-47%2,1500$179$6,000,4182Fox
13The Lion King 3D$383,116-32%1,091-879$351$92,608,5376Disney
14Dream House$220,320-59%1,224-948$180$20,179,8504Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Mighty Macs$259,968-27%975--$267$963,2211Quaker Media
2Contagion$196,818-49%901-783$218$73,474,3547Warner Bros.
3The Help$179,806-43%776-491$232$166,190,26511Disney / DreamWorks
4Drive (2011)$167,051-34%367-336$455$33,188,9836FilmDistrict
5Abduction$133,893-50%753-954$178$26,792,6205Lionsgate
6The Smurfs$110,441-34%327-43$338$140,555,20913Sony / Columbia
7Killer Elite$106,010-40%751-680$141$24,626,6355Open Road
8What's Your Number?$71,162-43%343-939$207$13,691,2054Fox
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$60,505-43%249-24$243$175,631,26512Fox
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$57,913-43%308146$188$83,644,48913Warner Bros.
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$47,361-39%240-90$197$380,531,42715Warner Bros.
12Captain America: The First Avenger$38,978-45%184-62$212$176,423,39514Paramount
13Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$32,587-34%178-133$183$38,197,77710Weinstein Company
14Colombiana$31,840-41%17644$181$36,542,8499Sony / TriStar
15Cowboys & Aliens$24,915-39%131-77$190$100,117,95613Universal
16The Debt$24,486-49%119-81$206$31,052,6248Focus
17Laugh at My Pain$24,470-53%103-85$238$7,557,5537CodeBlack Entertainment
18Shark Night 3D$19,868-35%102-13$195$18,732,3138Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Margin Call$153,486-36%56--$2,741$561,9061Roadside Attractions
2Martha Marcy May Marlene$43,110-21%4--$10,778$137,6511Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$27,147-20%490$554$13,670,91929Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Zookeeper$13,006-32%94-61$138$80,360,86616Sony / Columbia
5Machine Gun Preacher$9,748-24%25-18$390$476,0785Relativity Media
6Our Idiot Brother$9,366-31%7938$119$24,732,9449Weinstein Company
7Labios Rojos$8,9141%43-24$207$122,0482Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Warrior (2011)$7,748-29%65-70$119$13,632,5177Lionsgate
9Sarah's Key$6,263-31%48-38$130$7,025,67014Weinstein Company
10Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$6,128-52%53-27$116$23,925,4649FilmDistrict
11Munger Road$5,006-63%16-16$313$219,0534Freestyle Releasing
12Horrible Bosses$4,612-55%50-35$92$117,528,64616Warner Bros. / New Line
13Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$3,642-29%21-1$173$474,7548Indomina Media
14Seven Days in Utopia$3,497-4%20-21$175$4,355,2208Visio Entertainment
15Circumstance$3,166-11%10-9$317$418,8939Roadside Attractions
16Texas Killing Fields$2,962-14%41$741$22,7662Anchor Bay Films
17I Don't Know How She Does It$2,171-43%29-78$75$9,595,5046Weinstein Company
18The Future$1,99141%14-2$142$560,32813Roadside Attractions
19Dirty Girl$1,424-9%5-5$285$47,9313Weinstein Company
20Apollo 18$896-69%13-5$69$17,552,0408Weinstein Company
21Project Nim$466-37%129$39$401,90816Roadside Attractions
22Thunder Soul$405-2%4-8$101$143,0415Roadside Attractions