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 Sun, Jan. 27 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$5,396,098-35%3,372--$1,600$19,690,9561Paramount
2Mama$2,909,970-54%2,68235$1,085$48,875,5852Universal
3Zero Dark Thirty$2,671,597-43%2,929-17$912$69,803,9796Sony / Columbia
4Silver Linings Playbook$2,514,113-45%2,641118$952$68,908,66611Weinstein Company
5Parker$1,842,986-39%2,224--$829$7,008,2221FilmDistrict
6Django Unchained$1,391,910-40%2,007-509$694$146,236,7585Weinstein Company
7Gangster Squad$1,172,634-40%2,590-513$453$39,725,1023Warner Bros.
8Les Miserables (2012)$1,160,250-42%2,210-369$525$137,546,2055Universal
9Lincoln$1,083,476-43%1,909-265$568$167,051,52312Disney / DreamWorks
10Broken City$1,079,312-43%2,6222$412$15,289,5472Fox
11Movie 43$1,041,838-47%2,023--$515$4,805,8781Relativity Media
12The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,020,799-38%1,675-648$609$293,323,8317Warner Bros. / New Line
13A Haunted House$827,001-48%2,002-158$413$35,439,9983Open Road
14Parental Guidance$709,647-43%1,736-601$409$70,845,4975Fox
15The Last Stand$630,664-36%2,9130$216$10,684,5072Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$783,691-37%941-315$833$103,427,50810Fox
2The Impossible$529,321-42%782-104$677$13,297,3936Lionsgate / Summit
3Argo$510,045-44%635-121$803$117,568,78516Warner Bros.
4Quartet$355,723-34%163131$2,182$1,699,8613Weinstein Company
5Race 2$253,861-36%153--$1,659$884,7571UTV Motion Pictures
6Wreck-It Ralph$246,854-32%588-724$420$182,484,64013Disney
7Skyfall$198,740-50%456-51$436$302,044,12612Sony / Columbia
8Jack Reacher$192,918-53%888-819$217$78,173,4826Paramount
9This is 40$152,095-58%507-725$300$66,323,7256Universal
10Rise of The Guardians$125,420-31%305-169$411$100,212,85710Paramount / DreamWorks
11Hotel Transylvania$109,363-38%228-9$480$147,615,10418Sony / Columbia
12Hyde Park on Hudson$77,513-38%144-50$538$5,311,9698Focus
13The Guilt Trip$69,953-46%352-290$199$36,239,9186Paramount
14The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$63,006-40%216-90$292$291,075,68911Lionsgate / Summit
15Flight$58,415-42%263-37$222$93,451,12813Paramount
16Here Comes the Boom$44,328-47%191-18$232$44,912,74416Sony / Columbia
17Red Dawn (2012)$39,395-45%205-44$192$44,537,47010FilmDistrict
18Texas Chainsaw 3D$32,083-52%285-1189$113$33,993,9644Lionsgate
19Taken 2$17,177-48%124-32$139$139,761,28417Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$35,264-27%98-19$360$12,433,44511Focus
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$33,605-20%96-169$350$12,376,2446Paramount
3The Master$21,561-32%3723$583$16,128,16720Weinstein Company
4To the Arctic 3D$18,564-42%520$357$10,979,72141Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Sessions$11,736-44%620$189$5,861,58915Fox Searchlight
6Hitchcock$10,936-51%90-32$122$5,857,51710Fox Searchlight
7Pitch Perfect$10,010-54%91-34$110$64,966,85818Universal
8Born to Be Wild 3D$8,512-35%300$284$21,827,49195Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Perks of Being A Wallflower$7,707-41%56-17$138$17,713,83819Lionsgate / Summit
10LUV$6,141-35%21-24$292$138,9782Indomina Media
11A Late Quartet$5,352-20%10-4$535$1,471,80513Entertainment One / RKO
12Playing For Keeps (2012)$2,320-37%35-23$66$12,952,5848FilmDistrict