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 Mon, Feb. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$934,380-71%3,22257$290$94,553,9953Universal
2Snitch (2013)$887,577-74%2,511--$353$14,055,1841Lionsgate / Summit
3A Good Day to Die Hard$753,641-71%3,5552$212$52,721,5382Fox
4Safe Haven$616,523-71%3,2230$191$48,532,8802Relativity Media
5Silver Linings Playbook$561,348-57%2,012-190$279$107,737,36015Weinstein Company
6Dark Skies$450,454-72%2,313--$195$8,639,6201Weinstein / Dimension
7Escape From Planet Earth$379,752-88%3,35365$113$35,192,4512Weinstein Company
8Warm Bodies$261,484-76%2,644-253$99$58,504,9254Lionsgate / Summit
9Side Effects (2013)$258,601-65%2,070-535$125$25,358,1563Open Road
10Beautiful Creatures (2013)$242,175-74%2,9500$82$16,812,7732Warner Bros.
11Zero Dark Thirty$182,892-64%1,197-330$153$91,721,96710Sony / Columbia
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$141,847-71%1,425-678$100$53,086,9335Paramount
13Mama$75,595-72%1,163-485$65$70,306,1656Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$275,672-31%572-75$482$113,800,79814Fox
2Argo$226,304-42%802-101$282$129,879,80620Warner Bros.
3Django Unchained$128,559-45%659-358$195$158,911,9899Weinstein Company
4Lincoln$118,137-68%875-132$135$178,721,70816Disney / DreamWorks
5Quartet$109,410-57%35623$307$8,954,3607Weinstein Company
6Les Miserables (2012)$90,295-42%462-214$195$146,786,9859Universal
7The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$45,469-71%388-217$117$300,997,84811Warner Bros. / New Line
8Bless Me, Ultima$33,397-75%263--$127$980,6261Arenas Entertainment
9Wreck-It Ralph$32,669-82%402-104$81$186,709,08017Disney
10The Impossible$23,391-65%273-149$86$18,076,15110Lionsgate / Summit
11A Haunted House$19,471-68%302-38$64$39,883,1917Open Road
12Kai Po Che$19,226-86%110--$175$541,9911UTV Motion Pictures
13Rise of The Guardians$18,631-83%305-33$61$102,035,75414Paramount / DreamWorks
14Parental Guidance$16,553-77%381-222$43$75,789,2869Fox
15The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$15,247-74%223-31$68$292,138,46815Lionsgate / Summit
16Gangster Squad$14,600-61%202-8$72$45,609,8197Warner Bros.
17The Guilt Trip$12,727-64%18698$68$36,974,31910Paramount
18Parker$12,403-64%212-493$59$17,378,0515FilmDistrict
19Jack Reacher$6,360-55%100-75$64$79,472,25010Paramount
20The Last Stand$5,910-64%11460$52$12,032,5806Lionsgate
21Bullet to the Head$3,562-69%105-365$34$9,401,0854Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$8,989-40%65-21$138$6,135,48112Focus
2Broken City$5,365-58%98-35$55$19,588,9176Fox
3To the Arctic 3D$5,125-66%520$99$11,392,93245Warner Bros. / IMAX
4This is 40$4,320-59%96-71$45$67,527,70510Universal
5Stand Up Guys$4,303-49%41-78$105$3,268,4204Lionsgate / Roadside
6Hitchcock$3,239-10%162$202$5,966,84714Fox Searchlight
7Born to Be Wild 3D$2,365-70%300$79$22,047,63099Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Anna Karenina (2012)$2,093-43%28-23$75$12,805,00015Focus
9Texas Chainsaw 3D$2,013-70%44-52$46$34,336,2698Lionsgate
10Movie 43$1,485-33%21-14$71$8,800,8595Relativity Media
11The Sessions$1,205-47%160$75$5,973,68319Fox Searchlight
12ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$702-86%9-13$78$218,9593UTV Motion Pictures
13Camp (2013)$5212%1--$521$8,3061Freestyle Releasing
14A Late Quartet$464-60%7-6$66$1,545,23417Entertainment One / RKO
15Race 2$395-67%5-6$79$1,579,3915UTV Motion Pictures