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, Feb. 22 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Safe House$1,467,125-26%3,1212$470$85,260,9002Universal
2The Vow$1,266,647-30%2,9580$428$91,655,9942Sony / Screen Gems
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$1,206,333-31%3,50030$345$61,994,1852Warner Bros. / New Line
4Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$1,047,550-31%3,174--$330$28,038,7431Sony / Columbia
5This Means War$1,025,112-24%3,189--$321$23,995,4191Fox
6Chronicle$496,448-25%2,556-352$194$53,799,4843Fox
7Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$439,123-23%2,6550$165$36,804,7902Fox
8The Secret World of Arrietty$418,653-31%1,522--$275$9,713,6861Disney
9The Woman in Black$397,440-22%2,559-297$155$47,310,6963CBS Films
10The Grey$235,500-19%2,107-694$112$49,134,7964Open Road
11The Descendants$221,569-17%1,243-338$178$76,062,42314Fox Searchlight
12Big Miracle$179,740-31%1,634-499$110$18,046,8653Universal
13Red Tails$106,044-9%1,009-571$105$48,109,0105Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$244,826-11%8080$303$28,590,06513Weinstein Company
2Hugo$167,162-19%558-144$300$67,659,78913Paramount
3The Iron Lady$113,149-15%623111$182$24,903,3018Weinstein Company
4Underworld Awakening$96,242-17%826-831$117$61,805,9935Sony / Screen Gems
5One For the Money$61,810-16%933-1123$66$25,741,2274Lionsgate
6Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$59,256-3%577-798$103$30,894,5529Warner Bros.
7Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$47,548-14%403138$118$185,489,56910Warner Bros.
8Contraband$44,085-16%420-661$105$65,956,7856Universal
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$40,108-18%400-102$100$129,961,36610Fox
10Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$39,421-15%184-48$214$22,887,58511Focus
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$39,227-22%275-194$143$207,494,25010Paramount
12Man on a Ledge$28,565-25%401-1022$71$18,518,0624Lionsgate
13The Adventures of Tintin$28,357-29%30346$94$76,597,6009Paramount
14War Horse$27,893-12%394-108$71$78,834,9949Disney / DreamWorks
15My Week with Marilyn$23,626-9%120-5$197$13,743,94113Weinstein Company
16Beauty and the Beast 3D$23,234-8%214-464$109$47,152,9126Disney
17Albert Nobbs$23,131-11%119-32$194$2,456,8134Roadside Attractions
18We Bought a Zoo$19,851-22%287-133$69$73,788,1729Fox
19Puss in Boots (2011)$13,893-11%163-46$85$149,103,54717Paramount / DreamWorks
20Joyful Noise$13,602-26%340-346$40$30,387,4856Warner Bros.
21The Darkest Hour$7,905-12%11395$70$21,353,8899Summit
22Happy Feet Two$6,958-21%135-67$52$63,875,40314Warner Bros.
23The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$3,252-18%148-82$22$281,283,22014Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$24,9281%451$554$16,475,76746Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$9,734-32%98-13$99$1,082,2962UTV Communications
3Shame$9,313-7%44-8$212$3,754,36612Fox Searchlight
4Haywire$6,408-20%79-184$81$18,780,4785Relativity Media
5W.E.$5,951-7%203$298$223,1583Weinstein Company
6Coriolanus$3,9769%132$306$339,0955Weinstein Company
7Young Adult$3,720-7%8752$43$16,308,04311Paramount
8Undefeated$3,06321%5--$613$47,8321Weinstein Company
9Pariah (2011)$2,61020%130$201$697,3958Focus
10New Year's Eve$1,3046%33-122$40$54,543,06011Warner Bros. / New Line
11The Devil Inside$1,128-22%34-61$33$53,185,8007Paramount
12In the Land of Blood and Honey$600-30%8-2$75$288,2429FilmDistrict
13J. Edgar$330-7%11-31$30$37,305,63415Warner Bros.
14Immortals$2786%29-4$10$83,503,70115Relativity Media