Grosses

'Heaven Is For Real' Takes $7.85M on Good Friday, Topping 'Transcendence' ($4.82M)April 19, 2014 04:05 AM

by BoxOffice Staff

Captain America: The Winter Soldier led its third Friday of release with $9.57 million, increasing its domestic total to $184.5 million through 15 days of release--17 percent ahead of Thor: The Dark World at the same point. BoxOffice projects a strong $24.5 million Easter weekend take for the Marvel sequel.

Rio 2 is also holding its own with $9.2 million yesterday, giving it $62.1 million after 8 days in release. The animated sequel is running 5 percent behind the pace of the 2011 original film. BoxOffice projects Rio 2 will earn $22.5 million in its sophomore frame.

Sony's Heaven Is for Real continues to perform well in its extended Easter weekend launch as it pulled off an upset over Transcendence yesterday. After bringing in $7 million combined on Wednesday and Thursday, the faith-based adaptation earned another $7.85 million on Good Friday as the film continues to crossover between mainstream and church-going audiences. BoxOffice projects Heaven will tally $19 million over the 3-day frame, giving it a strong 5-day start of $26 million through Easter Sunday. The film's Flixster score is a very encouraging 80 percent, on par with Son of God's 82 percent on the first Saturday of its release.

Warner Bros. reports that Transcendence earned a meager $4.82 million on Good Friday--including Thursday night's $850,000 early show debut. From there, BoxOffice projects a disastrous $12.2 million weekend for the $100 million+ sci-fi flick. By comparison, 2011's Source Code opened to $5.1 million before going to a $14.8 million opening weekend in April 2011. Early word of mouth isn't doing Transcendence any favors as WB reports audiences gave the pic a poor C+ Cinemascore, while the film's Flixster approval/anticipation rating is down to 50 percent after just one day of release. The writing was on the wall going into release as Rotten Tomatoes critics rate it a mere 19 percent fresh as of Saturday morning.

A Haunted House 2 brought in $4.03 million for its first day, significantly down from its predecessor's $6.8 million opening Friday. BoxOffice projects a soft $9.8 million weekend. Critics, unsurprisingly, disapprove of the film (7 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), but Flixster's community gives the film a 75 percent score as of Saturday morning.

Rounding out the weekend's new releases, Disneynature's Bears pulled a modest $2.3 million yesterday and is projected to earn $5.4 million over Easter weekend. While that's noticeably down from Chimpanzee's $3.55 million opening day two years ago, it should be noted that Earth Day fell on Sunday that year while Easter had already passed two weeks earlier. With Earth Day 2014 landing on this coming Tuesday, Bears could see slight back-loading after the weekend. Critics' reviews (88 percent) and early word of mouth (80 percent on Flixster) appear healthy.

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Jan. 1 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$9,454,72137%4,1000$2,306$238,001,3253Warner Bros. / New Line
2Django Unchained$9,227,88679%3,0100$3,066$77,833,4971Weinstein Company
3Les Miserables (2012)$7,611,87022%2,8146$2,705$80,579,1101Universal
4Parental Guidance$4,663,0740%3,3678$1,385$38,656,4241Fox
5Jack Reacher$4,265,05126%3,3520$1,272$51,815,6932Paramount
6This is 40$3,657,07045%2,9141$1,255$42,609,0302Universal
7Lincoln$2,463,3236%1,9660$1,253$136,652,4208Disney / DreamWorks
8The Guilt Trip$2,063,86614%2,4310$849$24,834,7872Paramount
9Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,944,35135%2,6180$743$21,958,3312Disney
10Rise of The Guardians$1,553,96830%2,0550$756$92,891,6276Paramount / DreamWorks
11Skyfall$1,395,8504%1,6370$853$292,300,1218Sony / Columbia
12Life of Pi$1,311,28733%1,17867$1,113$86,951,1036Fox
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$604,98058%1,1918$508$287,027,8737Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,353,59820%7450$1,817$29,812,5847Weinstein Company
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$817,88323%8400$974$8,908,7242Paramount
3Wreck-It Ralph$616,96127%9130$676$176,606,9809Disney
4Argo$322,3649%3450$934$109,043,28412Warner Bros.
5Hotel Transylvania$168,82252%3010$561$145,490,51214Sony / Columbia
6Anna Karenina (2012)$162,68037%218-19$746$10,987,6857Focus
7Flight$133,33227%4000$333$92,111,8839Paramount
8Hitchcock$125,39819%349-2$359$5,216,6056Fox Searchlight
9Red Dawn (2012)$117,06458%42523$275$43,585,1166FilmDistrict
10Here Comes the Boom$104,19654%252-17$413$43,703,85212Sony / Columbia
11Taken 2$65,39968%232-8$282$139,001,77813Fox
12Pitch Perfect$41,17573%183-7$225$64,468,54314Universal
13Playing For Keeps (2012)$38,62328%2680$144$12,756,5404FilmDistrict
14The Perks of Being A Wallflower$28,06573%125-1$225$17,356,12215Lionsgate / Summit
15End of Watch$25,384110%162-10$157$40,792,11815Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$160,9456%845$1,916$2,050,8424Focus
2Zero Dark Thirty$116,33958%50$23,268$1,559,0712Sony / Columbia
3The Impossible$69,98953%150$4,666$598,7922Lionsgate / Summit
4Promised Land (2012)$67,95830%25--$2,718$294,3181Focus
5The Sessions$21,64748%805$271$5,550,95711Fox Searchlight
6Not Fade Away$19,03015%1916$1,002$131,3542Paramount Vantage
7To the Arctic 3D$16,553-26%520$318$10,535,17837Warner Bros. / IMAX
8A Late Quartet$14,3304%37-2$387$1,295,2939Entertainment One / RKO
9Killing Them Softly$13,325122%680$196$14,849,9555Weinstein Company
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$13,25639%62-2$214$161,152,85525Fox
11Looper$11,16366%84-9$133$66,486,20514Sony / TriStar
12Sinister$10,651131%820$130$48,072,20712Lionsgate / Summit
13Born to Be Wild 3D$10,27314%300$342$21,642,86491Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Alex Cross$9,64673%771$125$25,879,13411Lionsgate / Summit
15Cloud Atlas$7,36190%450$164$26,793,03410Warner Bros.
16The Intouchables$6,82930%114$621$13,139,03232Weinstein Company
17Talaash$6,003110%16-9$375$2,860,0125Reliance Entertainment
18Paranormal Activity 4$5,206140%500$104$53,892,20011Paramount
19The Master$4,33249%130$333$15,963,89916Weinstein Company
20ParaNorman$2,938105%22-1$134$55,998,92620Focus
21The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$1,9472%150$130$669,2896Warner Bros.
22Arbitrage$1,922118%72$275$7,911,53516Roadside Attractions