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 Wed, Mar. 13 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$5,134,381-28%3,912--$1,312$97,674,8501Disney
2Jack the Giant Slayer$927,433-26%3,5250$263$46,741,2592Warner Bros. / New Line
3Identity Thief$630,420-19%3,002-228$210$118,541,4355Universal
421 And Over$537,448-26%2,7710$194$18,713,2002Relativity Media
5Escape From Planet Earth$473,285-20%2,549-561$186$49,332,3104Weinstein Company
6Snitch (2013)$446,932-21%2,340-171$191$33,308,0983Lionsgate / Summit
7Dead Man Down$418,801-30%2,188--$191$6,857,8841FilmDistrict
8Safe Haven$378,441-23%2,541-410$149$64,048,2744Relativity Media
9Silver Linings Playbook$329,690-23%1,727-109$191$121,684,73317Weinstein Company
10The Last Exorcism Part II$225,148-21%2,7000$83$12,882,6422CBS Films
11A Good Day to Die Hard$218,291-24%1,725-864$127$64,089,6224Fox
12Dark Skies$126,695-16%1,505-808$84$15,972,0493Weinstein / Dimension
13Warm Bodies$103,152-11%1,052-878$98$63,902,9376Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$170,304-29%67145$254$119,937,62516Fox
2Quartet$153,130-27%715-10$214$13,742,9819Weinstein Company
3Emperor$89,755-25%261--$344$1,319,3791Roadside Attractions
4Side Effects (2013)$88,064-23%602-510$146$29,849,5555Open Road
5Argo$87,423-26%741-244$118$134,575,89022Warner Bros.
6Zero Dark Thirty$59,415-19%522-200$114$94,822,54812Sony / Columbia
7The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$47,663-13%337127$141$302,023,69713Warner Bros. / New Line
8Django Unchained$45,794-24%336-647$136$161,253,13811Weinstein Company
9Lincoln$41,424-22%432-220$96$180,966,86018Disney / DreamWorks
10Rise of The Guardians$37,475-7%275-20$136$102,792,64416Paramount / DreamWorks
11Les Miserables (2012)$34,320-17%286-66$120$148,243,47011Universal
12Parental Guidance$25,476-16%219-39$116$76,363,44211Fox
13Beautiful Creatures (2013)$21,053-2%281-794$75$19,080,0804Warner Bros.
14Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$20,092-23%225-376$89$54,559,2907Paramount
15Jack Reacher$14,819-8%194-31$76$79,938,34412Paramount
16Mama$13,919-19%214-233$65$71,165,3008Universal
17The Impossible$11,175-12%114-37$98$18,519,66412Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$21,324-20%13--$1,640$322,5011Gathr Films
2To the Arctic 3D$18,658-3%520$359$11,615,55547Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stoker$12,476-20%1710$734$367,5972Fox Searchlight
4Born to Be Wild 3D$12,3689%300$412$22,154,824101Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Gangster Squad$7,717-5%90-48$86$45,879,7899Warner Bros.
6Hyde Park on Hudson$7,4590%391$191$6,307,17314Focus
7Bless Me, Ultima$7,154-12%52-131$138$1,409,2983Arenas Entertainment
8Kai Po Che$6,068-23%71-33$85$1,032,0033UTV Motion Pictures
9The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$5,524-14%56-12$99$252,0452Methinx Entertainment
10Movie 43$2,885-1%6346$46$8,837,4487Relativity Media
11Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$2,279-11%1--$2,279$13,2841Rialto Pictures
12Parker$1,975-20%34-17$58$17,476,3407FilmDistrict
13Camp (2013)$1,743-5%42$436$37,8173Freestyle Releasing
14Bullet to the Head$1,343-20%34-52$40$9,488,2346Warner Bros.
15Broken City$1,156-27%24-45$48$19,670,1338Fox
16A Late Quartet$37780%71$54$1,562,30019Entertainment One / RKO
17The Sweeney$82-27%1-10$82$26,5812eOne Films US
18Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$12-33%1--$12$97,35823Roadside Attractions