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 Thu, Sep. 26 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Prisoners$1,428,155-11%3,260--$438$27,683,9321Warner Bros.
2Insidious Chapter 2$594,4600%3,155106$188$62,797,3952FilmDistrict
3The Family (2013)$510,381-12%3,0910$165$28,022,1702Relativity Media
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$353,457-5%2,931-308$121$107,864,0696Weinstein Company
5We're the Millers$341,103-9%3,003-235$114$139,553,4527Warner Bros. / New Line
6Riddick$287,090-5%3,022-95$95$38,449,5653Universal
7Battle of the Year$174,909-5%2,008--$87$5,468,2921Sony / Screen Gems
8Elysium$123,873-9%1,392-328$89$91,349,0627Sony / TriStar
9Planes$122,809-8%2,446-293$50$86,922,1597Disney
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$73,622-2%1,473-165$50$64,578,7517Fox
11One Direction: This Is Us$58,93921%1,706-594$35$28,677,6784Sony / TriStar
12Despicable Me 2$55,220-8%1,004-2$55$360,981,82012Universal
13The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$48,6794%1,047-529$46$30,855,2195Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wizard of Oz 3D$379,850-2%318--$1,194$4,523,8161Warner Bros.
2Instructions Not Included$268,792-3%97845$275$35,187,4884Lionsgate / Pantelion
3The World's End$65,470-5%833-410$79$25,502,5725Focus
42 Guns$56,505-12%752-156$75$74,716,4108Universal
5Thanks for Sharing$44,191-17%269--$164$738,5911Roadside Attractions
6The Spectacular Now$35,4701%571-199$62$6,541,7798A24
7The Conjuring$35,033-2%561-115$62$136,770,76310Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Wolverine$35,016-2%462-78$76$131,035,1739Fox
9The Grandmaster$24,298-11%473-232$51$6,400,5265Weinstein Company
10The Heat$22,367-4%310-26$72$158,765,52713Fox
11In a World...$19,849-2%1440$138$2,484,6577Roadside Attractions
12Salinger$19,045-10%138134$138$439,9923Weinstein Company
13Turbo$17,689-4%333-20$53$81,713,41210Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14The Way, Way Back$15,550-1%324-97$48$21,234,00412Fox Searchlight
15Pacific Rim$14,756-1%202-52$73$101,512,50311Warner Bros.
16Getaway$14,574-10%515-863$28$10,469,3834Warner Bros.
17You're Next$14,095-1%532-578$26$18,379,2145Lionsgate
18World War Z$12,777-7%203-77$63$202,190,72814Paramount
19Kick-Ass 2$10,100-9%201-142$50$28,795,9856Universal
20Jobs$8,859-3%152-87$58$16,090,0596Open Road
21Red 2$8,6992%178-31$49$52,804,87710Lionsgate / Summit
22The Ultimate Life$8,44210%184-228$46$1,294,2153High Top Releasing
23Fruitvale Station$7,03111%103-34$68$15,987,33811Weinstein Company
24R.I.P.D.$6,79512%151-13$45$33,618,85510Universal
25Now You See Me$6,3320%133-38$48$117,723,98917Lionsgate / Summit
26Closed Circuit$4,1678%105-308$40$5,750,9954Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$20,000-3%40$5,000$367,4791Fox Searchlight
2Rush (2013)$16,099-18%5--$3,220$260,9091Universal
3Paranoia$6,543-3%8817$74$7,356,8756Relativity Media
4Populaire$3,12111%205$156$117,1033Weinstein Company
5C.O.G.$2,9925%20--$150$44,2531Screen Media / Focus World
6Haute Cuisine$2,13810%3--$713$23,1031Weinstein Company
7Unfinished Song$2,0724%236$90$1,687,72914Weinstein Company
8Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,477-65%184$82$4,314,78316Roadside Attractions
9Chennai Express$1,15841%20-10$58$5,298,3417UTV Motion Pictures
10Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$87133%1--$871$1,5270Rialto Pictures
11Satyagraha$27461%9-26$30$737,8764UTV Motion Pictures
12Jayne Mansfield's Car$16031%6-5$27$14,8362Anchor Bay Films
13Savannah$13511%4-2$34$37,2405Ketchup Entertainment
14Stories We Tell$45-84%51$9$1,597,66720Roadside Attractions
15Passion$44-64%4-8$11$92,1814eOne Films US
16I Spit on Your Grave 2$41-67%1--$41$8101Anchor Bay Films