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 Fri, Mar. 15 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$11,384,147122%3,9120$2,910$114,187,7712Disney
2The Call$6,180,553--2,507--$2,465$6,180,5531Sony / TriStar
3The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$3,708,678--3,160--$1,174$3,708,6781Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jack the Giant Slayer$1,760,42985%3,357-168$524$49,453,8023Warner Bros. / New Line
5Identity Thief$1,349,950109%2,842-160$475$120,536,8156Universal
6Snitch (2013)$1,046,460133%2,35313$445$34,803,7374Lionsgate / Summit
721 And Over$944,97376%2,424-347$390$20,193,7463Relativity Media
8Safe Haven$847,704107%2,206-335$384$65,305,5145Relativity Media
9Silver Linings Playbook$751,830120%1,602-125$469$122,778,00918Weinstein Company
10Dead Man Down$637,82464%2,1880$292$7,885,1642FilmDistrict
11Escape From Planet Earth$629,49924%2,211-338$285$50,468,0805Weinstein Company
12The Last Exorcism Part II$450,572103%1,575-1125$286$13,555,6763CBS Films
13A Good Day to Die Hard$335,91950%1,117-608$301$64,650,0665Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$328,78380%646-25$509$120,448,91717Fox
2Quartet$265,31372%688-27$386$14,162,20510Weinstein Company
3Dark Skies$188,46044%703-802$268$16,290,9714Weinstein / Dimension
4Warm Bodies$185,71872%659-393$282$64,196,6287Lionsgate / Summit
5Emperor$183,452119%31150$590$1,586,5152Roadside Attractions
6Side Effects (2013)$149,20266%402-200$371$30,088,4156Open Road
7Argo$142,75653%540-201$264$134,811,80023Warner Bros.
8Zero Dark Thirty$120,273100%450-72$267$95,002,99613Sony / Columbia
9Lincoln$109,643140%46634$235$181,122,22919Disney / DreamWorks
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$87,23869%305-32$286$302,162,44114Warner Bros. / New Line
11Django Unchained$84,69879%266-70$318$161,385,22512Weinstein Company
12Les Miserables (2012)$54,22541%241-45$225$148,336,20012Universal
13Parental Guidance$52,07390%2223$235$76,442,96812Fox
14Rise of The Guardians$50,65632%213-62$238$102,881,69217Paramount / DreamWorks
15Mama$45,900166%204-10$225$71,228,4259Universal
16Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$28,80534%130-95$222$54,609,6498Paramount
17The Impossible$25,466134%105-9$243$18,556,02713Lionsgate / Summit
18Jack Reacher$25,11659%130-64$193$79,979,22913Paramount
19Beautiful Creatures (2013)$22,0623%125-156$176$19,123,5475Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$81,233515%9477$864$462,0293Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$23,11134%520$444$11,655,92148Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$18,153251%45-11$403$275,3683Methinx Entertainment
4Born to Be Wild 3D$17,20937%300$574$22,184,621102Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Parker$16,7171003%9258$182$17,494,5738FilmDistrict
6Camp (2013)$14,201947%1511$947$53,3734Freestyle Releasing
7Kai Po Che$12,840197%42-29$306$1,049,1594UTV Motion Pictures
8Bless Me, Ultima$12,07150%45-7$268$1,429,4034Arenas Entertainment
9Gangster Squad$10,52344%50-40$210$45,897,62110Warner Bros.
10From Up on Poppy Hill$9,642--2--$4,821$9,6421GKIDS
11Hyde Park on Hudson$6,316-12%31-8$204$6,320,63315Focus