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 Sat, Nov. 3 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wreck-It Ralph$21,299,34258%3,752--$5,677$34,805,9821Disney
2Flight$10,639,61631%1,884--$5,647$18,791,0541Paramount
3Argo$4,810,51560%2,774-81$1,734$73,465,0684Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$3,007,480-2%1,868--$1,610$6,061,6601Universal
5Taken 2$2,796,34154%2,639-356$1,060$124,281,4985Fox
6Cloud Atlas$2,399,93259%2,0135$1,192$16,923,2932Warner Bros.
7Hotel Transylvania$2,088,63986%2,922-354$715$136,281,7756Sony / Columbia
8Paranormal Activity 4$1,938,25534%3,006-406$645$48,667,2773Paramount
9Here Comes the Boom$1,671,90266%2,314-177$723$34,653,7254Sony / Columbia
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$1,435,01138%2,9330$489$13,070,1912Open Road
11Pitch Perfect$1,426,90047%1,502-497$950$54,965,3136Universal
12Sinister$1,261,99139%1,882-465$671$43,713,2164Lionsgate / Summit
13Fun Size$1,048,57260%3,0162$348$6,865,9002Paramount
14Alex Cross$941,33864%1,648-893$571$22,644,6133Lionsgate / Summit
15Chasing Mavericks$548,06852%2,03028$270$4,038,5362Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$565,53947%622-114$909$12,767,7737Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$562,44856%696-493$808$63,373,0206Sony / TriStar
3Frankenweenie$348,42582%857-881$407$33,113,7195Disney
4Seven Psychopaths$341,03361%459-544$743$13,225,2744CBS Films
5The Dark Knight Rises$120,93171%2910$416$447,452,70716Warner Bros.
6ParaNorman$106,905117%246-34$435$55,158,15712Focus
7The Master$87,88495%138-63$637$15,463,7778Weinstein Company
8Trouble with the Curve$78,66531%286-134$275$34,920,6087Warner Bros.
9End of Watch$71,31964%158-132$451$38,809,6857Open Road
10Arbitrage$61,36689%116-9$529$7,508,0588Roadside Attractions
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$60,565125%157-35$386$160,382,57117Fox
12The Bourne Legacy$49,72548%153-38$325$113,143,45013Universal
13The Expendables 2$46,95374%173-5$271$84,826,59212Lionsgate
14The Campaign$45,72143%188-34$243$86,717,94613Warner Bros.
15The Possession$44,43484%15573$287$48,956,14310Lionsgate
16Resident Evil: Retribution$37,05368%131-67$283$42,232,4928Sony / Screen Gems
17House at the End of the Street$36,01449%128-174$281$31,168,6157Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$219,47977%6949$3,181$818,2963Fox Searchlight
2Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$44,97496%60--$750$67,9301UTV Communications
3To the Arctic 3D$32,37449%520$623$9,508,50629Warner Bros. / IMAX
4A Late Quartet$31,70148%9--$3,522$53,1311Entertainment One / RKO
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$29,778170%95-21$313$48,714,68114Fox
6Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$15,78267%70-77$225$3,276,8334Atlas Distribution
7The Intouchables$14,95598%28-20$534$12,928,72124Weinstein Company
8Simon and the Oaks$14,633120%13-1$1,126$111,5054The Film Arcade
9Born to Be Wild 3D$12,25026%300$408$21,195,45583Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Bay$8,53535%23--$371$14,8511Roadside Attractions
11Won't Back Down$5,70446%41-24$139$5,281,7386Fox
12Lawless$5,67226%35-61$162$37,363,03610Weinstein Company
13This Must Be the Place$3,232132%2--$1,616$4,6281Weinstein Company
14Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$3,065-55%40$766$67,8775Roadside Attractions
15The Other Dream Team$1,772-15%5-9$354$128,0536The Film Arcade
16War of the Buttons (2012)$1,52155%6-2$254$44,3714Weinstein Company
17Vamps$19225%1--$192$3461Anchor Bay Films