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, Nov. 13 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$3,565,731-32%3,841--$928$104,964,8771Disney
2Last Vegas$987,395-15%3,08217$320$37,166,7722CBS Films
3Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$691,513-21%3,187-158$217$81,811,5673Paramount
4Ender's Game$602,781-19%3,4070$177$46,929,8002Lionsgate / Summit
5Gravity$562,260-15%2,720-304$207$233,704,4656Warner Bros.
612 Years a Slave$537,442-18%1,144734$470$19,738,9404Fox Searchlight
7Captain Phillips$435,734-15%2,646-375$165$92,693,5075Sony / Columbia
8About Time$372,125-17%1,2001025$310$7,727,8032Universal
9Free Birds$350,956-23%3,7360$94$33,519,1542Relativity Media
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$91,084-22%1,836-594$50$110,966,1577Sony / Columbia
11Carrie (2013)$80,851-19%1,512-740$53$34,389,6344Sony / Screen Gems
12The Counselor$77,726-18%1,022-2022$76$16,160,2163Fox
13Escape Plan$67,411-33%1,049-917$64$23,500,1454Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$113,067-4%399269$283$3,197,8704Roadside Attractions
2Enough Said$54,551-6%429-233$127$16,030,3748Fox Searchlight
3We're the Millers$27,154-4%358-197$76$149,775,05014Warner Bros. / New Line
4Despicable Me 2$24,800-6%3101$80$365,502,42019Universal
5Lee Daniels' The Butler$15,421-15%214-98$72$115,358,16013Weinstein Company
6Prisoners$13,567-37%225-240$60$60,327,1468Warner Bros.
7Machete Kills$13,101-41%212-51$62$7,995,6605Open Road
8Diana$11,593-12%10062$116$232,1552eOne Films US
9Rush (2013)$11,480-18%164-139$70$26,796,4348Universal
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$7,589-21%216-35$35$67,763,01514Fox
11Insidious Chapter 2$7,318-7%229-324$32$83,082,6049FilmDistrict
12Baggage Claim$4,907-16%135-159$36$21,406,7947Fox Searchlight
13Runner Runner$4,529-1%119-118$38$19,257,3336Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$57,288-8%3526$1,637$1,200,8802Focus
2Don Jon$11,641-23%92-89$127$24,121,3047Relativity Media
3The Book Thief$7,97811%4--$1,995$134,9621Fox
4Pulling Strings$4,123-1%76-33$54$5,798,7026Lionsgate / Pantelion
5The Wolverine$3,668-5%77-42$48$132,440,67316Fox
6I'm in Love with a Church Girl$3,138-15%74-169$42$2,182,6334High Top Releasing
7The Family (2013)$2,84713%57-30$50$36,632,3349Relativity Media
8Linsanity$2,7461638%3-1$915$273,3936Ketchup Entertainment
9Turbo$2,060-25%62-7$33$82,889,25617Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Instructions Not Included$2,012-37%52-84$39$44,206,07411Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Reaching for the Moon$1,8627%2--$931$20,4771Wolfe Releasing
12Grace Unplugged$882-17%37-44$24$2,485,6876Roadside Attractions
13The Heat$765-5%28-14$27$159,534,89920Fox
14In a World...$651-37%18-4$36$2,930,43614Roadside Attractions
15Romeo and Juliet (2013)$642-83%21-1$31$1,129,7335Relativity Media
16The World's End$6080%9-7$68$25,984,81112Focus
17The Spectacular Now$472-16%12-6$39$6,848,11215A24
18Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$41868%32$139$24,4103Cinepix
19Big Sur$398-45%5-8$80$31,7972Ketchup Entertainment
20The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$347144%1-4$347$53,1937Rialto Pictures