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 Mon, Jan. 2 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$8,780,560-13%3,4557$2,541$141,186,6463Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$6,006,473-12%3,7030$1,622$136,910,2193Warner Bros.
3Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$5,118,98012%3,72441$1,375$97,848,1143Fox
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$4,366,072-17%2,9140$1,498$59,950,9532Sony / Columbia
5The Adventures of Tintin$3,925,3038%3,0870$1,272$51,400,4502Paramount
6We Bought a Zoo$3,765,441-3%3,16346$1,190$44,490,9992Fox
7War Horse$3,638,014-11%2,547171$1,428$44,089,7862Disney / DreamWorks
8New Year's Eve$1,258,473-30%2,2250$566$47,257,8234Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$1,077,671-26%2,3273$463$14,215,6342Summit
10The Muppets$1,031,62141%1,5415$669$83,561,0736Disney
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$594,738-14%1,4110$422$276,125,4767Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$498,483-29%1,348-138$370$26,816,3404Fox
13Arthur Christmas$252,92849%1,343-181$188$46,073,1636Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$894,890-14%7585$1,181$40,315,6657Fox Searchlight
2Hugo$859,2933%9510$904$50,313,4956Paramount
3Young Adult$607,481-20%9870$615$12,669,2524Paramount
4The Artist$404,373-10%1670$2,421$5,448,7176Weinstein Company
5My Week with Marilyn$271,499-15%63028$431$9,207,2206Weinstein Company
6Puss in Boots (2011)$254,6669%3890$655$145,738,32710Paramount / DreamWorks
7Happy Feet Two$157,69836%525-10$300$60,965,8667Warner Bros.
8Don 2$114,260--1676$684$3,288,6862Reliance Big Entertainment
9Footloose (2011)$88,848196%1820$488$51,670,51212Paramount
10J. Edgar$78,226-2%4550$172$36,650,8318Warner Bros.
11Real Steel$75,174--2270$331$84,568,41513Disney / DreamWorks
12Tower Heist$68,310-18%253-30$270$76,802,2259Universal
13Moneyball$54,417-16%2508$218$75,016,05915Sony / Columbia
14Courageous$52,440-13%181-11$290$34,088,36014Sony / TriStar
15Jack and Jill$52,389-15%222-20$236$71,750,0378Sony / Columbia
16Dolphin Tale$52,17727%1880$278$72,015,96915Warner Bros.
17Immortals$42,433-21%2280$186$82,699,4328Relativity Media
18A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$33,509-20%2450$137$34,928,5459Warner Bros. / New Line
19In Time$30,120-12%12311$245$37,076,41510Fox
20The Ides of March$25,176-15%143-2$176$40,850,78813Sony / Columbia
21Paranormal Activity 3$14,589-33%1240$118$104,007,82811Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$324,452-17%572$5,692$4,280,1864Focus
2A Dangerous Method$99,824--613$1,636$1,676,5816Sony Pictures Classics
3Shame$77,991-6%555$1,418$2,043,8655Fox Searchlight
4The Iron Lady$65,400-16%4--$16,350$285,8091Weinstein Company
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$39,368-13%60$6,561$352,4172Warner Bros.
6Born to Be Wild 3D$36,036169%490$735$15,183,66539Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Carnage (2011)$29,829--125$2,486$378,4343Sony Pictures Classics
8Pina$28,805--30$9,602$257,7972IFC Films
9Melancholia$22,281--63-3$354$2,539,7878Magnolia Pictures
10A Separation$21,037--3--$7,012$80,5181Sony Pictures Classics
11The Way$17,350--4720$369$4,187,40813Producers Distribution Agency
12Pariah (2011)$16,769-11%4--$4,192$101,7551Focus
13The Help$11,126--650$171$169,510,67221Disney / DreamWorks
14The Skin I Live In$9,140--28-6$326$3,051,24812Sony Pictures Classics
15Margin Call$7,821-5%29-1$270$5,254,18711Roadside Attractions
16Drive (2011)$7,144-42%25-1$286$34,840,19116FilmDistrict
17Midnight in Paris$6,895--23-5$300$56,384,62733Sony Pictures Classics
18Martha Marcy May Marlene$4,227--0-15--$2,913,44311Fox Searchlight
19In the Land of Blood and Honey$4,214-4%2-1$2,107$53,3562FilmDistrict
20Like Crazy$4,10250%300$137$3,372,10010Paramount Vantage
21Take Shelter$3,637--20-4$182$1,674,83914Sony Pictures Classics
22The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$2,932-13%16-4$183$711,1686Warner Bros.
23Mozart's Sister$2,334--96$259$686,83020Music Box Films
24The Lion King 3D$1,635--7-3$234$94,234,98616Disney
25The Guard$830--4-2$208$5,336,97423Sony Pictures Classics
26Miss Minoes (2011 re-issue)$594--30$198$6,5412Music Box Films
27Young Goethe In Love$374--53$75$101,6119Music Box Films
28Outrage$372--1--$372$30,8125Magnolia / Magnet
29Blackthorn$343--4--$86$187,84413Magnolia Pictures
30Paul Goodman Changed My Life$226--1--$226$25,24611Zeitgeist Films
31Higher Ground$150--4-1$38$841,20619Sony Pictures Classics
32Inni$143155%10$143$117,69110Cinema Purgatorio
33Angels Crest$91--1--$91$4981Magnolia Pictures