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, Sep. 23 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1End of Watch$3,428,166-33%2,730--$1,256$13,152,6831Open Road
2Finding Nemo 3D$2,719,241-40%2,9040$936$30,175,4492Disney
3Trouble with the Curve$2,679,735-50%3,212--$834$12,162,0401Warner Bros.
4House at the End of the Street$2,287,860-57%3,083--$742$12,287,2341Relativity Media
5Resident Evil: Retribution$1,848,536-36%3,0164$613$33,469,5302Sony / Screen Gems
6Dredd 3D$1,640,470-32%2,506--$655$6,278,4911Lionsgate
7ParaNorman$753,711-33%1,617-709$466$52,582,7286Focus
8The Possession$586,032-53%2,598-262$226$45,291,6174Lionsgate
9Lawless$566,093-44%2,614-449$217$34,477,1344Weinstein Company
10The Odd Life of Timothy Green$415,755-44%1,752-663$237$48,655,8286Disney
11The Expendables 2$377,593-45%1,820-1076$207$83,019,8056Lionsgate
12The Bourne Legacy$343,440-56%1,431-739$240$110,402,5757Universal
132016: Obama's America$262,413-32%1,216--$216$32,022,60111Rocky Mountain Pictures
14The Campaign$260,549-54%1,250-752$208$84,986,2017Warner Bros.
15Hope Springs (2012)$195,348-52%1,147-799$170$62,154,3837Sony / Columbia
16The Words$170,875-52%1,247-1554$137$11,000,2113CBS Films
17Last Ounce of Courage$161,166-28%1,064--$151$2,765,5352Rocky Mountain Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$1,046,795-46%788783$1,328$5,446,9752Weinstein Company
2The Dark Knight Rises$309,898-49%948-633$327$443,124,01410Warner Bros.
3Arbitrage$284,447-51%24447$1,166$3,858,2072Roadside Attractions
4Barfi!$181,151-39%130-2$1,393$1,977,5282UTV Communications
5Ice Age: Continental Drift$159,532-39%420-121$380$158,561,29211Fox
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$99,491-39%374-217$266$47,779,3188Fox
7Heroine$90,590-42%114--$795$389,9011UTV Communications
8Premium Rush$82,378-52%567-772$145$19,665,1025Sony / Columbia
9Total Recall (2012)$72,839-42%32219$226$58,462,9508Sony / Columbia
10Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$66,031-38%240-66$275$215,896,45116Paramount / DreamWorks
11The Amazing Spider-Man$64,413-44%253-75$255$261,471,26812Sony / Columbia
12Ted (2012)$61,530-45%293-118$210$217,838,90013Universal
13The Intouchables$45,076-50%156-24$289$12,253,18318Weinstein Company
14Step Up Revolution$37,887-43%182-86$208$34,960,0689Lionsgate / Summit
15For A Good Time, Call...$36,085-42%105-2$344$1,084,2524Focus
16Hit and Run$34,123-43%291-360$117$13,606,2185Open Road
17Beasts of the Southern Wild$33,345-42%132-80$253$10,902,97313Fox Searchlight
18Moonrise Kingdom$31,738-44%120-37$264$45,161,62318Focus
19Sparkle (2012)$29,884-53%206-288$145$24,259,8916Sony / TriStar
20The Cold Light of Day$10,941-62%155-1356$71$3,691,3943Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$56,824-34%4--$14,206$228,3591Lionsgate / Summit
2My Uncle Rafael$35,538-9%14--$2,538$109,7481Rocky Mountain Pictures
3Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$21,506-37%85-237$253$3,055,3033Paramount
4To the Arctic 3D$21,118-44%520$406$8,657,38223Warner Bros. / IMAX
510 Years$17,354-44%4340$404$105,1132Anchor Bay Films
6The Watch$13,516-45%77-61$176$34,232,6509Fox
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$11,950-33%47-33$254$46,263,06121Fox Searchlight
8Born to Be Wild 3D$5,946-34%330$180$20,885,55377Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Safety Not Guaranteed$5,256-37%40-6$131$3,958,04516FilmDistrict
10Ruby Sparks$5,045-42%43-27$117$2,478,2549Fox Searchlight
11Magic Mike$4,491-46%55-60$82$113,709,99213Warner Bros.
12Toys in the Attic$2,046-18%6--$341$48,5623Hannover House
13The Apparition$1,961-67%35-33$56$4,860,4875Warner Bros.
14Husbands In Goa$1,159-48%7--$166$4,4831UTV Communications
15Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$8842%70$126$3,371,4697ARC Entertainment
16Cosmopolis$660-43%9-22$73$757,5666Entertainment One Films
17Mugamoodi$553-55%1-2$553$101,9114UTV Communications
18Branded$106-18%2-78$53$353,2273Roadside Attractions