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 Wed, Feb. 13 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$2,041,655-28%3,141--$650$41,916,6751Universal
2Side Effects (2013)$632,178-30%2,605--$243$11,575,4461Open Road
3Warm Bodies$628,732-19%3,0090$209$38,665,0202Lionsgate / Summit
4Silver Linings Playbook$509,487-16%2,8090$181$91,139,90313Weinstein Company
5Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$421,383-26%3,285-90$128$45,333,5663Paramount
6Zero Dark Thirty$283,355-19%2,562-309$111$84,526,8978Sony / Columbia
7Mama$227,545-23%2,677-104$85$64,754,9104Universal
8Argo$217,208-19%1,405470$155$124,322,01318Warner Bros.
9Lincoln$193,357-22%1,517-239$127$174,268,73614Disney / DreamWorks
10Django Unchained$191,419-18%1,502-275$127$155,165,8957Weinstein Company
11Bullet to the Head$169,411-33%2,4040$70$8,902,1942Warner Bros.
12Parker$161,677-32%2,004-234$81$16,434,2543FilmDistrict
13Les Miserables (2012)$144,495-13%1,447-401$100$144,453,7757Universal
14The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$112,202-12%1,001-299$112$298,722,1329Warner Bros. / New Line
15Parental Guidance$61,558-30%1,219-261$50$74,585,3047Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$278,990-3%300--$930$2,788,0101Paramount
2Life of Pi$133,178-26%92422$144$109,033,56412Fox
3Quartet$119,750-4%24442$491$5,353,5435Weinstein Company
4The Impossible$77,580-26%739-26$105$16,938,8588Lionsgate / Summit
5Gangster Squad$75,179-27%942-683$80$45,080,4295Warner Bros.
6Stand Up Guys$67,584-22%67011$101$2,993,0432Lionsgate / Roadside
7Wreck-It Ralph$52,178-21%75797$69$184,622,67715Disney
8Broken City$43,677-24%755-1031$58$19,382,4194Fox
9A Haunted House$42,677-29%913-588$47$39,161,7595Open Road
10Movie 43$24,014-23%777-1246$31$8,745,8293Relativity Media
11Jack Reacher$19,823-9%307-143$65$79,178,9808Paramount
12Hyde Park on Hudson$16,594-7%130-14$128$5,881,81510Focus
13This is 40$16,550-8%278-95$60$67,306,9208Universal
14Rise of The Guardians$10,582-13%275-32$38$100,916,50712Paramount / DreamWorks
15The Guilt Trip$9,564-17%225-66$43$36,726,6688Paramount
16Texas Chainsaw 3D$7,366-17%18564$40$34,212,0506Lionsgate
17The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$7,147-6%160-29$45$291,452,59713Lionsgate / Summit
18The Last Stand$6,612-26%239-450$28$11,927,8174Lionsgate
19Flight$4,807-15%115-85$42$93,764,96215Paramount
20Red Dawn (2012)$3,239-3%105-48$31$44,761,37612FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$11,34820%911$125$12,707,90413Focus
2ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$5,774-51%25--$231$119,3261UTV Motion Pictures
3To the Arctic 3D$5,687-9%520$109$11,189,33943Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$4,80412%47-3$102$12,509,8228Paramount
5Race 2$4,025-54%63-76$64$1,543,7323UTV Motion Pictures
6Lost in Thailand$3,592-4%35--$103$43,8081WAMCR
7Born to Be Wild 3D$3,17734%300$106$21,933,14297Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Hitchcock$2,167-25%36-8$60$5,933,09112Fox Searchlight
9Playing For Keeps (2012)$2,124-20%81-67$26$13,089,03110FilmDistrict
10The Master$2,069-22%291$71$18,254,70822Weinstein Company
11The Sessions$1,79419%18-11$100$5,939,22917Fox Searchlight
12A Late Quartet$1,26547%120$105$1,516,96215Entertainment One / RKO
13Taken 2$1,057-17%35-48$30$139,844,37219Fox
14Pitch Perfect$1,05017%15-26$70$65,000,69320Universal
15Brief Reunion$258-14%1--$258$6,6014Striped Entertainment
16LUV$1840%3-5$61$156,8314Indomina Media