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 Tue, Mar. 13 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$3,916,05014%3,74617$1,045$129,067,5602Universal
2John Carter$2,800,94811%3,749--$747$35,515,2561Disney
3Project X (2012)$1,312,06010%3,0550$429$42,217,3502Warner Bros.
4Act of Valor$734,3569%2,951-102$249$57,497,8593Relativity Media
5A Thousand Words$652,52324%1,890--$345$7,354,1671Paramount
6Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$606,00644%2,525-535$240$91,669,0815Warner Bros. / New Line
7Safe House$546,72021%2,144-409$255$116,603,3455Universal
8Silent House (2012)$539,46111%2,124--$254$7,688,7081Open Road
9The Vow$473,90333%2,478-348$191$118,287,7275Sony / Screen Gems
10This Means War$423,71022%1,949-393$217$47,665,6474Fox
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$252,0607%1,516-616$166$30,935,1873Lionsgate
12The Artist$241,66428%1,505-251$161$40,664,96916Weinstein Company
13Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$221,71015%1,804-683$123$48,480,3954Sony / Columbia
14Wanderlust$214,05030%1,220-782$175$15,895,9053Universal
15Gone$110,44439%1,144-1042$97$10,917,0813Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Friends With Kids$206,20428%369--$559$2,386,8181Roadside Attractions
2Chronicle$104,6454%595-459$176$62,472,4066Fox
3The Iron Lady$76,41737%447-64$171$28,063,81411Weinstein Company
4The Descendants$75,73935%517-177$146$81,586,54717Fox Searchlight
5Hugo$68,93326%313-93$220$72,392,76416Paramount
6The Woman in Black$52,9016%433-379$122$53,133,9486CBS Films
7The Secret World of Arrietty$52,59514%501-930$105$17,671,6824Disney
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$49,51524%287-27$173$131,276,95913Fox
9Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$41,81919%229122$183$208,471,62713Paramount
10Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$30,8317%258-473$120$42,905,3405Fox
11The Adventures of Tintin$29,18642%153-62$191$77,434,42412Paramount
12We Bought a Zoo$27,10120%228-38$119$74,719,57912Fox
13Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$21,45134%109-17$197$23,959,64714Focus
14Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$18,34621%208-58$88$186,556,87413Warner Bros.
15Big Miracle$17,90525%238-121$75$19,626,9506Universal
16The Grey$15,96422%151-157$106$50,989,0907Open Road
17My Week with Marilyn$14,68264%1200$122$14,509,96316Weinstein Company
18Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$12,96724%202-101$64$31,734,49312Warner Bros.
19Red Tails$11,79013%178-71$66$49,365,4188Fox
20Contraband$10,11513%119-29$85$66,508,4659Universal
21Joyful Noise$6,06721%103-99$59$30,878,7869Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$31,65040%400$791$17,062,08149Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$22,84821%18--$1,269$267,6321CBS Films
3Haywire$6,06211%8250$74$18,909,7098Relativity Media
4Undefeated$6,0208%130$463$265,9894Weinstein Company
5Coriolanus$5,6095%195$295$485,7228Weinstein Company
6Albert Nobbs$5,189-17%45-23$115$2,802,8647Roadside Attractions
7Being Flynn$4,4208%128$368$111,4932Focus
8W.E.$4,1446%245$173$392,9786Weinstein Company
9One For the Money$3,45717%64-53$54$26,126,1927Lionsgate
10Shame$3,28730%20-2$164$3,901,91115Fox Searchlight
11Pariah (2011)$2,267-24%196$119$763,36511Focus
12Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$1,27347%10-16$127$173,9153UTV Communications
13Paan Singh Tomar$481114%5-5$96$34,6192UTV Communications
14Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$456204%4-21$114$1,153,9665UTV Communications
15The Devil Inside$19923%10-7$20$53,206,12010Paramount