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 Fri, Dec. 14 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$37,125,547--4,045--$9,178$37,125,5471Warner Bros. / New Line
2Lincoln$1,937,551105%2,285271$848$102,591,7386Disney / DreamWorks
3Skyfall$1,819,81991%2,924-477$622$267,185,8826Sony / Columbia
4Rise of The Guardians$1,523,941183%3,387-252$450$65,465,7644Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$1,484,807107%3,042-604$488$273,174,8765Lionsgate / Summit
6Life of Pi$1,388,90680%2,548-398$545$65,548,3124Fox
7Playing For Keeps (2012)$1,011,279144%2,8403$356$8,602,3712FilmDistrict
8Red Dawn (2012)$697,245137%2,250-504$310$39,192,6684FilmDistrict
9Wreck-It Ralph$690,185159%2,249-497$307$166,195,7347Disney
10Flight$527,37765%1,823-608$289$88,035,4157Paramount
11Killing Them Softly$297,0114%1,427-997$208$13,429,3163Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$583,351141%3710$1,572$15,453,4005Weinstein Company
2Argo$304,32475%667-277$456$104,089,22810Warner Bros.
3Hitchcock$302,821335%561380$540$2,267,0334Fox Searchlight
4Anna Karenina (2012)$281,02857%409-13$687$7,639,3315Focus
5The Collection$163,09133%621-782$263$6,154,7273LD Entertainment
6Taken 2$81,559117%339-91$241$137,925,28011Fox
7Pitch Perfect$74,700175%332-55$225$63,698,44312Universal
8Talaash$46,688127%113-49$413$2,584,2353Reliance Entertainment
9The Sessions$39,26033%151-46$260$5,100,3119Fox Searchlight
10End of Watch$26,300-71%172-1077$153$40,405,04113Open Road
11The Perks of Being A Wallflower$26,03753%125-50$208$16,946,59113Lionsgate / Summit
12Looper$24,87440%190-42$131$66,240,40712Sony / TriStar
13Here Comes the Boom$21,761--150-84$145$42,620,30110Sony / Columbia
14Sinister$21,011462%184107$114$47,861,07710Lionsgate / Summit
15Alex Cross$20,11175%175-39$115$25,686,0919Lionsgate / Summit
16Hotel Transylvania$17,364--136-60$128$143,867,01412Sony / Columbia
17Paranormal Activity 4$13,976882%157109$89$53,765,5949Paramount
18Seven Psychopaths$13,33430%100-41$133$14,957,63810CBS Films
19The Man With the Iron Fists$10,505-4%105-76$100$15,579,6707Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$78,884876%3632$2,191$190,9042Focus
2The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$26,75491%14-3$1,911$384,2634Warner Bros.
3Cloud Atlas$21,8366%98-93$223$26,561,7648Warner Bros.
4To the Arctic 3D$13,9675%520$269$10,184,66435Warner Bros. / IMAX
5A Late Quartet$13,22541%46-17$288$1,046,2257Entertainment One / RKO
6Ice Age: Continental Drift$8,993213%84-6$107$160,974,64823Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$6,09786%300$203$21,495,93189Warner Bros. / IMAX
8ParaNorman$5,014114%61-20$82$55,941,27018Focus
9The Intouchables$3,788155%2513$152$13,055,59830Weinstein Company
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$3,37535%45-31$75$17,521,0028Open Road
11Hecho en Mexico$3,11339%10-16$311$134,9033Lionsgate / Pantelion
12House at the End of the Street$3,05768%41-27$75$31,599,30813Relativity Media
13The Master$2,049-4%14-9$146$15,905,18714Weinstein Company
14Arbitrage$1,8353%10-15$184$7,886,02914Roadside Attractions
15Let Fury Have the Hour$1,177--1--$1,177$1,1771CAVU Pictures
16This Must Be the Place$86830%3-2$289$140,0397Weinstein Company