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, Jan. 26 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$8,276,68738%3,372--$2,455$14,294,8581Paramount
2Mama$6,289,29062%2,68235$2,345$45,965,6152Universal
3Zero Dark Thirty$4,695,794101%2,929-17$1,603$67,132,3826Sony / Columbia
4Silver Linings Playbook$4,573,40094%2,641118$1,732$66,394,55311Weinstein Company
5Parker$3,016,99840%2,224--$1,357$5,165,2361FilmDistrict
6Django Unchained$2,336,54892%2,007-509$1,164$144,844,8485Weinstein Company
7Les Miserables (2012)$2,011,05592%2,210-369$910$136,385,9555Universal
8Gangster Squad$1,957,27770%2,590-513$756$38,552,4683Warner Bros.
9Movie 43$1,953,4798%2,023--$966$3,764,0401Relativity Media
10Lincoln$1,915,064121%1,909-265$1,003$165,968,04712Disney / DreamWorks
11Broken City$1,890,41680%2,6222$721$14,210,2352Fox
12The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,647,767130%1,675-648$984$292,303,0327Warner Bros. / New Line
13A Haunted House$1,592,00393%2,002-158$795$34,612,9973Open Road
14Parental Guidance$1,254,976133%1,736-601$723$70,135,8505Fox
15The Last Stand$979,15081%2,9130$336$10,053,8432Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$1,243,083122%941-315$1,321$102,643,81710Fox
2The Impossible$913,05585%782-104$1,168$12,768,0726Lionsgate / Summit
3Argo$908,788131%635-121$1,431$117,058,74016Warner Bros.
4Quartet$541,336107%163131$3,321$1,344,1383Weinstein Company
5Jack Reacher$406,57384%888-819$458$77,980,5646Paramount
6Race 2$397,64270%153--$2,599$630,8961UTV Motion Pictures
7Skyfall$395,441101%456-51$867$301,845,38612Sony / Columbia
8This is 40$365,04080%507-725$720$66,171,6306Universal
9Wreck-It Ralph$363,464199%588-724$618$182,237,78613Disney
10Rise of The Guardians$181,683183%305-169$596$100,087,43710Paramount / DreamWorks
11Hotel Transylvania$175,463166%228-9$770$147,505,74118Sony / Columbia
12The Guilt Trip$128,48383%352-290$365$36,169,9656Paramount
13Hyde Park on Hudson$124,806126%144-50$867$5,234,4568Focus
14The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$105,831104%216-90$490$291,012,68311Lionsgate / Summit
15Flight$101,42289%263-37$386$93,392,71313Paramount
16Here Comes the Boom$84,115119%191-18$440$44,868,41616Sony / Columbia
17Red Dawn (2012)$71,78284%205-44$350$44,498,07510FilmDistrict
18Texas Chainsaw 3D$66,17574%285-1189$232$33,961,8814Lionsgate
19Taken 2$33,223114%124-32$268$139,744,10717Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$48,35482%98-19$493$12,398,18111Focus
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$41,771133%96-169$435$12,342,6396Paramount
3The Master$31,88488%3723$862$16,106,60620Weinstein Company
4To the Arctic 3D$31,884140%520$613$10,961,15741Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Hitchcock$22,489120%90-32$250$5,846,58110Fox Searchlight
6Pitch Perfect$21,840100%91-34$240$64,956,84818Universal
7The Sessions$20,80098%620$335$5,849,85315Fox Searchlight
8Born to Be Wild 3D$13,13967%300$438$21,818,97995Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Perks of Being A Wallflower$13,09246%56-17$234$17,706,13119Lionsgate / Summit
10LUV$9,429121%21-24$449$132,8372Indomina Media
11A Late Quartet$6,721186%10-4$672$1,466,45313Entertainment One / RKO
12Playing For Keeps (2012)$3,66746%35-23$105$12,950,2648FilmDistrict
13Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$200--1--$200$92,72017Roadside Attractions