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 Thu, Feb. 14 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Safe Haven$8,828,918--3,223--$2,739$8,828,9180Relativity Media
2A Good Day to Die Hard$8,239,116--3,553--$2,319$8,239,1160Fox
3Identity Thief$5,371,110163%3,141--$1,710$47,287,7851Universal
4Warm Bodies$2,555,511306%3,0090$849$41,220,5312Lionsgate / Summit
5Beautiful Creatures (2013)$2,542,317--2,950--$862$2,542,3170Warner Bros.
6Side Effects (2013)$1,245,39097%2,605--$478$12,820,8361Open Road
7Silver Linings Playbook$1,234,569142%2,532-277$488$92,374,47213Weinstein Company
8Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$895,229112%2,570-805$348$46,228,7953Paramount
9Mama$725,265219%2,043-738$355$65,480,1754Universal
10Zero Dark Thirty$401,77142%1,866-1005$215$84,928,6688Sony / Columbia
11Argo$341,03957%1,405470$243$124,663,05218Warner Bros.
12Django Unchained$327,08871%1,408-369$232$155,492,9837Weinstein Company
13Lincoln$319,19165%1,158-598$276$174,587,92714Disney / DreamWorks
14The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$162,21345%1,001-299$162$298,884,3459Warner Bros. / New Line
15Bullet to the Head$91,485-46%2,4040$38$8,993,6792Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$268,337101%713-189$376$109,301,90112Fox
2Quartet$222,47486%333131$668$5,576,0175Weinstein Company
3Les Miserables (2012)$212,20547%903-945$235$144,665,9807Universal
4Parker$121,770-25%811-1427$150$16,556,0243FilmDistrict
5Wreck-It Ralph$111,182113%601-59$185$184,733,85915Disney
6The Impossible$87,79313%523-242$168$17,026,6518Lionsgate / Summit
7A Haunted House$86,012102%913-588$94$39,247,7715Open Road
8Parental Guidance$78,55628%642-838$122$74,663,8607Fox
9Gangster Squad$64,122-15%942-683$68$45,144,5515Warner Bros.
10Stand Up Guys$62,014-8%67011$93$3,055,0572Lionsgate / Roadside
11Rise of The Guardians$43,068307%33831$127$100,959,57512Paramount / DreamWorks
12The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$40,909472%25465$161$291,493,50613Lionsgate / Summit
13Hyde Park on Hudson$31,63391%130-14$243$5,913,44810Focus
14Jack Reacher$27,00536%223-227$121$79,205,9858Paramount
15This is 40$26,52060%204-169$130$67,333,4408Universal
16Broken City$22,493-49%194-1592$116$19,404,9124Fox
17Texas Chainsaw 3D$16,985131%15635$109$34,229,0356Lionsgate
18The Guilt Trip$16,41172%143-148$115$36,743,0798Paramount
19Flight$7,41354%100-100$74$93,772,37515Paramount
20The Last Stand$5,993-9%137-552$44$11,933,8104Lionsgate
21Red Dawn (2012)$5,54271%105-48$53$44,766,91812FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$29,008-90%33--$879$2,817,0181Paramount
2Movie 43$14,485-40%35-1988$414$8,760,3143Relativity Media
3Anna Karenina (2012)$14,18525%911$156$12,722,08913Focus
4To the Arctic 3D$10,25580%520$197$11,199,59443Warner Bros. / IMAX
5ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$6,82818%25--$273$126,1541UTV Motion Pictures
6Born to Be Wild 3D$6,654109%300$222$21,939,79697Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Race 2$5,45235%63-76$87$1,549,1843UTV Motion Pictures
8The Master$4,01694%291$138$16,258,72422Weinstein Company
9Lost in Thailand$3,457-4%35--$99$47,2751WAMCR
10Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$3,040-37%38-12$80$12,512,8628Paramount
11The Sessions$2,98466%18-11$166$5,942,21317Fox Searchlight
12Playing For Keeps (2012)$2,74529%81-67$34$13,091,77610FilmDistrict
13Taken 2$1,72563%35-48$49$139,846,09719Fox
14A Late Quartet$1,57424%120$131$1,518,53615Entertainment One / RKO
15Hitchcock$1,374-37%36-8$38$5,934,46512Fox Searchlight
16Pitch Perfect$400-62%10-31$40$65,001,09320Universal
17LUV$165-10%3-5$55$156,9964Indomina Media