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 Sun, Apr. 7 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$5,825,646-34%3,879-186$1,502$125,351,8963Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2G.I. Joe: Retaliation$5,555,846-38%3,73415$1,488$86,438,4492Paramount
3Evil Dead$5,093,289-42%3,025--$1,684$25,775,8471Sony / TriStar
4Jurassic Park 3D$4,585,025-35%2,771--$1,655$18,620,1451Universal
5Olympus Has Fallen$2,717,776-37%3,059-47$888$71,236,6333FilmDistrict
6Tyler Perry's Temptation$2,299,787-48%2,0470$1,123$38,469,1462Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,105,023-39%2,905-419$725$212,606,9525Disney
8The Host (2013)$1,162,395-47%3,2020$363$19,624,3282Open Road
9The Call$857,651-43%2,002-437$428$45,481,3414Sony / TriStar
10Admission$430,181-50%1,407-754$306$15,265,5963Focus
11Spring Breakers$306,197-33%1,072-307$286$12,616,7644A24

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$180,250-50%721-361$250$131,232,3359Universal
2Jack the Giant Slayer$141,587-38%502-578$282$62,469,8306Warner Bros. / New Line
3Silver Linings Playbook$141,053-48%524-228$269$129,725,11721Weinstein Company
4The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$122,093-41%535-1040$228$21,807,5014Warner Bros. / New Line
5Quartet$103,169-35%252-50$409$17,200,54613Weinstein Company
6Life of Pi$98,071-35%269-71$365$123,920,58320Fox
7Warm Bodies$69,374-41%287125$242$65,584,01810Lionsgate / Summit
8Escape From Planet Earth$67,424-38%432-545$156$54,440,4648Weinstein Company
9Safe Haven$56,518-52%360-190$157$70,327,9528Relativity Media
10Snitch (2013)$53,972-45%304-442$178$41,784,3317Lionsgate / Summit
11A Good Day to Die Hard$43,019-40%22516$191$66,795,6508Fox
1221 And Over$38,581-47%180-164$214$25,279,2336Relativity Media
13Django Unchained$37,001-36%183-50$202$162,549,16215Weinstein Company
14Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$36,221-42%180-22$201$55,439,52111Paramount
15Emperor$35,490-32%120-18$296$3,109,8845Roadside Attractions
16Argo$22,721-38%172-88$132$135,897,80026Warner Bros.
17Dead Man Down$15,245-27%14671$104$10,828,6785FilmDistrict
18Parental Guidance$14,933-60%110-30$136$77,045,46215Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$213,434-24%3026$7,114$1,089,4092Focus
2The Sapphires$75,669-45%6048$1,261$443,9823Weinstein Company
3From Up on Poppy Hill$39,355-28%4116$960$472,4904GKIDS
4Trance$34,042-43%4--$8,511$131,1451Fox Searchlight
5Side Effects (2013)$25,036-50%80-22$313$31,391,4839Open Road
6Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$19,739-15%16--$1,234$69,3061CodeBlack Films
7Stoker$17,075-35%89-105$192$1,628,3786Fox Searchlight
8The Impossible$16,441-27%80-6$206$18,907,06916Lionsgate / Summit
9Rise of The Guardians$14,606-14%89-45$164$103,400,69220Paramount / DreamWorks
10To the Arctic 3D$13,957-18%520$268$12,026,92551Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Starbuck$13,736-50%3114$443$3,605,6063eOne Films US
12Settai$12,156-45%33--$368$52,3861UTV Motion Pictures
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$10,104-41%77-68$131$302,932,62417Warner Bros. / New Line
14Born to Be Wild 3D$6,977-33%300$233$22,425,536105Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Himmatwala$6,730-32%61-38$110$262,5682UTV Motion Pictures
16Beautiful Creatures (2013)$5,190-42%55-60$94$19,445,2178Warner Bros.
17Dark Skies$3,975-53%28-73$142$17,178,1667Weinstein / Dimension
18Camp (2013)$3,701-12%82$463$128,5637Freestyle Releasing
19Girl Rising$2,379-61%63$397$589,7135Gathr Films
20Bless Me, Ultima$2,188-8%6-5$365$1,559,5567Arenas Entertainment
21The Playroom$1,057-35%12--$88$3,9001Freestyle Releasing
22Down the Shore$966-41%2--$483$4,8081Anchor Bay Films
23Kai Po Che$401-29%2-3$201$1,119,8767UTV Motion Pictures
24The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$180-58%2-5$90$370,2896Methinx Entertainment