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 Tue, Feb. 11 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$3,131,104-10%3,775--$829$75,675,4471Warner Bros.
2The Monuments Men$2,048,56526%3,083--$664$25,674,3781Sony / Columbia
3Ride Along$575,0303%2,800-67$205$106,447,4054Universal
4That Awkward Moment$472,84731%2,8090$168$17,380,1202Focus
5Lone Survivor$417,0058%2,869-416$145$113,656,4667Universal
6Frozen (2013)$403,385-9%2,460-294$164$369,484,15212Disney
7Labor Day (2013)$342,59444%2,5840$133$10,708,4232Paramount
8Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$315,70421%2,139-768$148$44,976,5274Paramount
9American Hustle$268,58022%1,640-576$164$138,575,1429Sony / Columbia
10The Wolf of Wall Street$244,18614%1,167-440$209$108,355,8387Paramount
11Vampire Academy$243,7440%2,676--$91$4,408,1391Weinstein Company
12The Nut Job$180,213-21%3,004-468$60$55,433,1804Open Road
13August: Osage County$170,62635%1,327-992$129$34,587,5127Weinstein Company
14I, Frankenstein$139,04012%1,427-1326$97$17,746,5313Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Feb. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$172,07222%701-431$245$266,787,77219Warner Bros.
2Philomena$109,67628%504-63$218$28,867,61912Weinstein Company
312 Years a Slave$96,91131%678-494$143$47,518,48717Fox Searchlight
4Nebraska$89,78334%525-350$171$15,100,11913Paramount Vantage
5The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$69,4945%537-396$129$255,534,0709Warner Bros. / New Line
6Her (2013)$66,48510%457-346$145$22,590,8318Warner Bros.
7Dallas Buyers Club$63,90019%488-564$131$23,797,33315Focus
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$49,477-1%529-293$94$422,511,04912Lionsgate
9Devil's Due$29,74817%385-905$77$15,460,4334Fox
10Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$27,8444%346-74$80$124,848,8268Paramount
11The Legend Of Hercules$18,193-1%248-350$73$18,425,5595Lionsgate / Summit
12Inside Llewyn Davis$17,69723%129-85$137$12,788,57410CBS Films
13The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$16,8539%242-168$70$57,230,5177Fox
14The Book Thief$12,72224%135-43$94$20,972,85614Fox
15Grudge Match$12,601-5%341100$37$29,546,8127Warner Bros.
16Captain Phillips$11,97430%182-63$66$106,756,87018Sony / Columbia
17Walking With Dinosaurs$11,549-25%251-72$46$35,226,6898Fox
18Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$6,463-31%197-23$33$119,291,73720Sony / Columbia
19Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$5,8403%103-47$57$32,396,5756Paramount
20Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$4,3516%115-48$38$52,536,7929Lionsgate
21Free Birds$1,737-22%109-26$16$55,571,46215Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Feb. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hasee Toh Phasee$24,43257%88--$278$376,9461Reliance Entertainment
2Gloria (2014)$23,75611%6536$365$597,0923Roadside Attractions
3Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,65460%46-31$101$8,192,77311Weinstein Company
4Gimme Shelter (2014)$4,019-5%76-271$53$1,343,3363Roadside Attractions
5Knights of Badassdom$2,635110%9-2$293$90,6883eOne Films US
6Last Vegas$2,19613%60-44$37$63,885,23415CBS Films
7Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,3306%1--$1,330$9,8771Rialto Pictures
8The Pretty One$512248%1--$512$2,1431Dada Films
9At Middleton$46012%8-12$58$50,8242Anchor Bay / Freestyle
10All Is Lost$391123%12-13$33$6,253,72817Roadside Attractions
11Love Is in the Air$242137%3-3$81$7,9802Focus World
12Lee Daniels' The Butler$23135%11-41$21$116,631,71226Weinstein Company
13Demi-Soeur$1023%1--$102$8351Rialto Premieres