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, Apr. 8 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Evil Dead$1,703,987-67%3,025--$563$27,479,8341Sony / TriStar
2G.I. Joe: Retaliation$1,235,919-78%3,73415$331$87,674,3682Paramount
3Jurassic Park 3D$1,080,690-76%2,771--$390$19,700,8351Universal
4The Croods$969,112-83%3,879-186$250$126,321,0083Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Olympus Has Fallen$740,309-73%3,059-47$242$71,976,9423FilmDistrict
6Tyler Perry's Temptation$654,494-72%2,0470$320$39,123,6402Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$443,585-79%2,905-419$153$213,050,5375Disney
8The Host (2013)$319,412-73%3,2020$100$19,943,7402Open Road
9The Call$246,804-71%2,002-437$123$45,728,1454Sony / TriStar
10Admission$135,606-68%1,407-754$96$15,401,2023Focus
11Spring Breakers$120,255-61%1,072-307$112$12,737,0194A24

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$57,680-68%721-361$80$131,290,0159Universal
2Silver Linings Playbook$41,992-70%524-228$80$129,767,10921Weinstein Company
3The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$37,527-69%535-1040$70$21,845,0284Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jack the Giant Slayer$35,396-75%502-578$71$62,505,2266Warner Bros. / New Line
5Quartet$31,292-70%252-50$124$17,231,83813Weinstein Company
6Life of Pi$26,970-72%269-71$100$123,947,55320Fox
7Warm Bodies$22,122-68%287125$77$65,606,14010Lionsgate / Summit
8Safe Haven$20,356-64%360-190$57$70,348,3088Relativity Media
9Snitch (2013)$16,206-70%304-442$53$41,800,5377Lionsgate / Summit
1021 And Over$15,613-60%180-164$87$25,294,8466Relativity Media
11Escape From Planet Earth$13,977-79%432-545$32$54,454,4418Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$12,536-71%22516$56$66,808,1868Fox
13Emperor$12,026-66%120-18$100$3,121,9105Roadside Attractions
14Django Unchained$11,771-68%183-50$64$162,560,93315Weinstein Company
15Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$10,849-70%180-22$60$55,450,37011Paramount
16Argo$6,825-70%172-88$40$135,904,62526Warner Bros.
17Dead Man Down$5,545-64%14671$38$10,834,2235FilmDistrict
18Parental Guidance$4,477-70%110-30$41$77,049,93915Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$63,126-70%3026$2,104$1,152,5352Focus
2The Sapphires$20,047-74%6048$334$464,0293Weinstein Company
3Girl Rising$19,780731%489$412$609,4935Gathr Films
4Trance$11,278-67%4--$2,820$142,4231Fox Searchlight
5From Up on Poppy Hill$9,187-77%4116$224$481,6774GKIDS
6Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$6,895-65%16--$431$76,2011CodeBlack Films
7Side Effects (2013)$6,750-73%80-22$84$31,398,2339Open Road
8The Impossible$6,249-62%80-6$78$18,913,31816Lionsgate / Summit
9Stoker$6,249-63%89-105$70$1,634,6276Fox Searchlight
10To the Arctic 3D$5,144-63%520$99$12,032,06951Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Starbuck$4,778-65%3114$154$3,610,3843eOne Films US
12The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$2,933-71%77-68$38$302,935,55717Warner Bros. / New Line
13Rise of The Guardians$2,920-80%89-45$33$103,403,61220Paramount / DreamWorks
14Settai$2,255-81%33--$68$54,6411UTV Motion Pictures
15Born to Be Wild 3D$2,144-69%300$71$22,427,680105Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Beautiful Creatures (2013)$1,772-66%55-60$32$19,446,9898Warner Bros.
17Camp (2013)$1,723-53%82$215$130,2867Freestyle Releasing
18Himmatwala$1,560-77%61-38$26$264,1282UTV Motion Pictures
19Dark Skies$1,172-71%28-73$42$17,179,3387Weinstein / Dimension
20Bless Me, Ultima$1,061-52%6-5$177$1,560,6177Arenas Entertainment
21Down the Shore$422-56%2--$211$5,2301Anchor Bay Films
22The Playroom$395-63%12--$33$4,2951Freestyle Releasing
23Kai Po Che$94-77%2-3$47$1,119,9707UTV Motion Pictures