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, Oct. 14 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hotel Transylvania$5,202,139-34%3,37523$1,541$102,133,9343Sony / Columbia
2Taken 2$5,062,934-48%3,70645$1,366$86,131,9792Fox
3Argo$4,909,451-43%3,232--$1,519$19,458,1091Warner Bros.
4Sinister$3,738,625-45%2,527--$1,479$18,007,6341Lionsgate / Summit
5Here Comes the Boom$3,054,450-41%3,014--$1,013$11,816,5961Sony / Columbia
6Pitch Perfect$2,201,730-46%2,78717$790$36,015,4033Universal
7Frankenweenie$2,158,542-30%3,0050$718$22,075,0022Disney
8Looper$1,575,675-43%2,605-388$605$51,344,0903Sony / TriStar
9Seven Psychopaths$1,051,968-40%1,480--$711$4,174,9151CBS Films
10End of Watch$463,033-35%1,551-819$299$36,374,2234Open Road
11Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$412,563-35%1,012--$408$1,751,5721Atlas Distribution
12Trouble with the Curve$375,493-47%1,812-1191$207$32,773,4974Warner Bros.
13House at the End of the Street$241,978-62%1,866-854$130$29,996,3474Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$532,526-43%726505$734$6,135,5094Lionsgate / Summit
2The Master$214,445-43%682-182$314$13,910,2875Weinstein Company
3Finding Nemo 3D$138,930-19%480-1266$289$40,115,1725Disney
4The Dark Knight Rises$130,733-43%465-110$281$446,199,99613Warner Bros.
5Arbitrage$85,844-49%194-50$442$6,653,1495Roadside Attractions
6Ice Age: Continental Drift$69,492-32%237-63$293$159,818,50714Fox
7Resident Evil: Retribution$65,756-36%349-1012$188$41,752,4115Sony / Screen Gems
8Won't Back Down$46,561-20%513-2004$91$5,098,6923Fox
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$36,823-33%176-81$209$48,440,75811Fox
10The Bourne Legacy$35,525-52%245-237$145$112,582,74010Universal
11The Possession$31,369-60%369-452$85$48,732,0487Lionsgate
12ParaNorman$30,872-36%176-166$175$54,530,4779Focus
13Dredd 3D$28,914-39%155-676$187$13,157,0454Lionsgate
14Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$27,205-32%122-33$223$216,366,73319Paramount / DreamWorks
15Premium Rush$24,691-39%16386$151$20,122,3058Sony / Columbia
16Ted (2012)$23,925-44%145-42$165$218,511,80016Universal
17Hope Springs (2012)$21,708-43%215-224$101$63,434,84210Sony / Columbia
18The Expendables 2$17,896-38%146-167$123$84,501,9589Lionsgate
19Lawless$14,641-45%287-324$51$37,156,1997Weinstein Company
20The Campaign$10,551-49%101-202$104$86,382,82810Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$29,148-10%520$561$9,122,05426Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$18,184-24%59-25$308$12,749,65721Weinstein Company
3The Amazing Spider-Man$11,761-51%73-72$161$262,030,66315Sony / Columbia
4Barfi!$11,667-29%34-76$343$2,779,1725UTV Communications
5Born to Be Wild 3D$10,3947%30-3$346$21,031,13480Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$9,111-13%36-15$253$11,152,26616Fox Searchlight
7Moonrise Kingdom$8,497-48%56-36$152$45,451,32121Focus
8The Other Dream Team$7,042-30%125$587$70,3803The Film Arcade
9Special Forces$3,639-9%5--$728$10,7591Entertainment One Films
10Simon and the Oaks$3,148-20%1--$3,148$9,9641The Film Arcade
11Thaandavam$2,015-53%3-18$672$206,0253UTV Communications
12War of the Buttons (2012)$1,618-22%5--$324$4,7371Weinstein Company
13Safety Not Guaranteed$1,348-51%18-6$75$4,007,79219FilmDistrict
14Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1,327-27%6-6$221$47,7582Roadside Attractions
15Husbands In Goa$435-24%2--$218$8,5854UTV Communications
16Toys in the Attic$275-7%2-2$138$64,9186Hannover House