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, Sep. 22 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Prisoners$4,847,216-46%3,260--$1,487$20,817,0531Warner Bros.
2Insidious Chapter 2$2,669,014-59%3,155106$846$60,157,0782FilmDistrict
3The Family (2013)$1,674,944-48%3,0910$542$25,641,2442Relativity Media
4Battle of the Year$1,094,668-48%2,008--$545$4,603,1771Sony / Screen Gems
5We're the Millers$1,005,951-54%3,003-235$335$138,064,5687Warner Bros. / New Line
6Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,002,141-51%2,931-308$342$106,341,2376Weinstein Company
7Riddick$997,260-39%3,022-95$330$37,164,9103Universal
8Planes$787,861-43%2,446-293$322$86,392,0297Disney
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$476,615-47%1,473-165$324$64,248,0827Fox
10Despicable Me 2$391,560-43%1,004-2$390$360,730,82012Universal
11Elysium$371,070-46%1,392-328$267$90,790,0307Sony / TriStar
12One Direction: This Is Us$291,343-45%1,706-594$171$28,450,5264Sony / TriStar
13The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$164,233-47%1,047-529$157$30,654,9015Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$1,917,179-9%97845$1,960$33,958,4134Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Wizard of Oz 3D$1,059,737-17%318--$3,333$3,093,9981Warner Bros.
3The Smurfs 2$170,069-38%596-97$285$69,583,6928Sony / Columbia
4The World's End$168,079-50%833-410$202$25,223,6425Focus
52 Guns$154,160-49%752-156$205$74,468,1458Universal
6Thanks for Sharing$129,243-46%269--$480$536,5911Roadside Attractions
7The Wolverine$115,556-46%462-78$250$130,884,9169Fox
8Turbo$112,409-45%333-20$338$81,637,92910Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9The Conjuring$92,312-53%561-115$165$136,625,07510Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Spectacular Now$92,074-49%571-199$161$6,402,1368A24
11This Is The End$80,397-44%527-806$153$101,099,11415Sony / Columbia
12The Grandmaster$68,432-36%473-232$145$6,296,5535Weinstein Company
13The Heat$58,152-57%310-26$188$158,674,18013Fox
14Grown Ups 2$53,676-58%258-36$208$131,331,96011Sony / Columbia
15In a World...$51,314-57%1440$356$2,406,2417Roadside Attractions
16World War Z$49,501-43%203-77$244$202,136,14514Paramount
17Salinger$48,612-39%138134$352$358,1073Weinstein Company
18Pacific Rim$47,929-41%202-52$237$101,453,41411Warner Bros.
19Getaway$47,405-48%515-863$92$10,405,9734Warner Bros.
20The Way, Way Back$45,490-58%324-97$140$21,168,56912Fox Searchlight
21You're Next$42,870-56%532-578$81$18,317,1355Lionsgate
22Kick-Ass 2$27,135-40%201-142$135$28,751,7156Universal
23Jobs$26,650-31%152-87$175$16,052,6286Open Road
24R.I.P.D.$26,425-44%151-13$175$33,592,41510Universal
25Red 2$21,519-52%178-31$121$52,770,87710Lionsgate / Summit
26The Ultimate Life$20,923-52%184-228$114$1,261,3543High Top Releasing
27Now You See Me$19,755-47%133-38$149$117,698,89417Lionsgate / Summit
28Fruitvale Station$11,356-44%103-34$110$15,962,23711Weinstein Company
29Closed Circuit$9,006-46%105-308$86$5,733,3104Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$60,630-45%4--$15,158$286,5341Fox Searchlight
2Rush (2013)$49,634-31%5--$9,927$187,2891Universal
3Paranoia$13,492-49%8817$153$7,329,4316Relativity Media
4C.O.G.$7,418-47%20--$371$32,6771Screen Media / Focus World
5Populaire$7,366-42%205$368$106,2473Weinstein Company
6Chennai Express$5,681-40%20-10$284$5,294,8537UTV Motion Pictures
7Haute Cuisine$4,689-29%3--$1,563$15,3871Weinstein Company
8Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$4,39510%184$244$4,305,58916Roadside Attractions
9Unfinished Song$2,916-50%236$127$1,681,32414Weinstein Company
10Satyagraha$1,323-51%9-26$147$736,8264UTV Motion Pictures
11Afternoon Delight$1,031-58%12-27$86$174,4964The Film Arcade
12Passion$406-42%4-8$102$91,1864eOne Films US
13Savannah$404-6%4-2$101$36,7465Ketchup Entertainment
14Jayne Mansfield's Car$397-56%6-5$66$14,2762Anchor Bay Films
15I Spit on Your Grave 2$14558%1--$145$4411Anchor Bay Films
16Stories We Tell$75-89%51$15$1,597,01020Roadside Attractions