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 Sat, Mar. 2 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jack the Giant Slayer$12,004,73656%3,525--$3,406$19,698,2991Warner Bros. / New Line
2Identity Thief$4,651,20070%3,2308$1,440$105,107,6554Universal
3Snitch (2013)$3,571,21968%2,5110$1,422$22,401,6032Lionsgate / Summit
421 And Over$3,386,6331%2,771--$1,222$6,736,0661Relativity Media
5Escape From Planet Earth$3,281,647153%3,110-243$1,055$41,065,3333Weinstein Company
6The Last Exorcism Part II$3,189,584-2%2,700--$1,181$6,439,1261CBS Films
7Safe Haven$2,853,30341%2,951-272$967$55,674,0283Relativity Media
8Silver Linings Playbook$2,748,57075%1,836-176$1,497$113,896,23716Weinstein Company
9A Good Day to Die Hard$2,121,94178%2,589-966$820$58,439,1503Fox
10Dark Skies$1,601,24546%2,3130$692$12,592,0602Weinstein / Dimension
11Warm Bodies$1,214,51762%1,930-714$629$61,321,9445Lionsgate / Summit
12Side Effects (2013)$819,12375%1,112-958$737$27,610,4434Open Road
13Beautiful Creatures (2013)$431,20665%1,075-1875$401$18,298,6053Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$1,124,867101%62654$1,797$116,327,90115Fox
2Argo$1,031,13392%985183$1,047$132,123,60121Warner Bros.
3Quartet$800,82673%725369$1,105$10,662,8758Weinstein Company
4Zero Dark Thirty$639,23993%722-475$885$93,244,40511Sony / Columbia
5Lincoln$487,284106%652-223$747$179,810,15717Disney / DreamWorks
6Django Unchained$470,33071%983324$478$160,037,44710Weinstein Company
7Les Miserables (2012)$262,24077%352-110$745$147,469,69010Universal
8Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$248,44577%601-824$413$53,926,6856Paramount
9Mama$163,15559%447-716$365$70,798,9157Universal
10Rise of The Guardians$138,985135%295-10$471$102,294,73915Paramount / DreamWorks
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$126,617100%210-178$603$301,324,86612Warner Bros. / New Line
12Kai Po Che$121,66869%104-6$1,170$812,0192UTV Motion Pictures
13Parental Guidance$98,65185%258-123$382$76,004,50410Fox
14Jack Reacher$86,79255%225125$386$79,635,36211Paramount
15The Impossible$74,37771%151-122$493$18,280,77711Lionsgate / Summit
16Bless Me, Ultima$72,65167%183-80$397$1,195,1622Arenas Entertainment
17The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$50,70047%180-43$282$292,270,00616Lionsgate / Summit
18A Haunted House$46,04683%169-133$272$40,011,7538Open Road
19Gangster Squad$39,68155%138-64$288$45,726,4698Warner Bros.
20The Guilt Trip$37,72565%133-53$284$37,078,24511Paramount
21Skyfall$36,20472%101-83$358$304,279,01117Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$68,21254%68--$1,003$112,4501Methinx Entertainment
2Stoker$66,12239%7--$9,446$113,8221Fox Searchlight
3To the Arctic 3D$22,98260%520$442$11,453,16646Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hyde Park on Hudson$21,91360%38-27$577$6,200,59713Focus
5Bullet to the Head$17,99673%86-19$209$9,441,8775Warner Bros.
6Broken City$15,41474%69-29$223$19,631,6987Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$11,21398%300$374$22,078,314100Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Parker$10,86154%51-161$213$17,435,8186FilmDistrict
9Stand Up Guys$7,27562%17-24$428$3,295,4405Lionsgate / Roadside
10The Sweeney$6,7409%11--$613$12,9381eOne Films US
11A Late Quartet$2,337170%6-1$390$1,550,90118Entertainment One / RKO
12Movie 43$2,0722%17-4$122$8,808,0736Relativity Media
13Camp (2013)$1,828-26%21$914$13,6022Freestyle Releasing
14ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$362151%2-7$181$221,5474UTV Motion Pictures
15Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$19883%1--$198$95,92022Roadside Attractions