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. 20 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
121 Jump Street$4,036,85512%3,121--$1,293$43,947,0311Sony / Columbia
2Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,620,67012%3,76923$430$161,459,5103Universal
3John Carter$1,221,86212%3,7490$326$55,539,1942Disney
4Project X (2012)$504,49321%2,922-133$173$49,091,8113Warner Bros.
5Act of Valor$392,87810%2,765-186$142$63,204,7874Relativity Media
6A Thousand Words$308,02228%1,8955$163$12,533,5042Paramount
7Safe House$278,40016%1,920-224$145$120,728,1356Universal
8The Vow$231,36830%2,175-303$106$121,566,5646Sony / Screen Gems
9Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$228,25125%1,935-590$118$95,404,3636Warner Bros. / New Line
10Silent House (2012)$216,04323%2,1240$102$10,997,6562Open Road
11This Means War$213,03024%1,660-289$128$50,927,0485Fox
12The Artist$130,75522%1,155-350$113$42,346,06317Weinstein Company
13Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$101,3824%1,016-500$100$32,929,7784Lionsgate
14Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$81,22318%1,024-780$79$49,892,4525Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Friends With Kids$153,48134%640271$240$4,452,4812Roadside Attractions
2Casa de mi Padre$152,627-5%382--$400$2,600,9581Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Jeff Who Lives at Home$98,90620%254--$389$1,037,2071Paramount Vantage
4Wanderlust$73,29040%698-522$105$16,869,7654Universal
5The Iron Lady$67,41033%4569$148$28,734,01512Weinstein Company
6Hugo$58,18326%38370$152$73,098,23217Paramount
7Chronicle$44,8126%432-163$104$63,246,3037Fox
8The Descendants$40,33232%347-170$116$82,067,04218Fox Searchlight
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$34,34820%286-1$120$131,711,29314Fox
10Seeking Justice$31,21117%231--$135$307,7691Anchor Bay Films
11Gone$28,16428%476-668$59$11,409,9144Summit
12Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$28,08222%2290$123$208,833,96614Paramount
13The Woman in Black$21,55510%305-128$71$53,514,9397CBS Films
14The Grey$19,58019%21968$89$51,206,0968Open Road
15We Bought a Zoo$19,08915%188-40$102$74,944,47413Fox
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$14,1677%156-102$91$43,142,1076Fox
17Big Miracle$12,98010%236-2$55$19,817,2057Universal
18Red Tails$12,75941%152-26$84$49,502,5799Fox
19Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$8,9724%125-83$72$186,694,90314Warner Bros.
20One For the Money$8,61828%11248$77$26,211,4118Lionsgate
21The Adventures of Tintin$7,17130%123-30$58$77,576,72213Paramount
22Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$4,54024%105-97$43$31,807,10613Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$48,51236%6244$782$853,2382CBS Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$28,03781%400$701$17,304,67550Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Being Flynn$19,21246%8876$218$298,9193Focus
4Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$12,64030%86-23$147$24,126,46215Focus
5Undefeated$5,3300%218$254$341,5425Weinstein Company
6Coriolanus$4,70132%212$224$539,5479Weinstein Company
7Albert Nobbs$4,63515%483$97$2,854,9818Roadside Attractions
8The Devil Inside$4,3003%7767$56$53,253,52411Paramount
9My Week with Marilyn$3,82520%50-70$77$14,561,95717Weinstein Company
10W.E.$3,73215%20-4$187$435,9547Weinstein Company
11Joyful Noise$3,40441%65-38$52$30,925,98110Warner Bros.
12Haywire$2,07142%69-13$30$18,938,3859Relativity Media