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, Apr. 3 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$3,277,554-15%4,06519$806$101,037,5482Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2G.I. Joe: Retaliation$2,988,366-26%3,719--$804$62,557,0151Paramount
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$1,370,554-25%2,047--$670$27,057,1161Lionsgate
4Olympus Has Fallen$1,369,079-17%3,1068$441$59,593,2762FilmDistrict
5Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,326,831-15%3,324-481$399$203,119,4024Disney
6The Host (2013)$795,309-23%3,202--$248$13,629,3011Open Road
7The Call$528,613-19%2,439-68$217$41,442,4023Sony / TriStar
8Admission$363,163-17%2,1611$168$12,929,1532Focus
9Spring Breakers$291,740-28%1,379275$212$11,163,9973A24
10The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$156,167-12%1,575-1585$99$21,167,2823Warner Bros. / New Line
11Identity Thief$119,020-8%1,082-1084$110$130,305,6258Universal
12Jack the Giant Slayer$112,388-17%1,080-1480$104$61,821,4835Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$96,120-4%752-292$128$129,013,22020Weinstein Company
2Quartet$57,949-8%302-123$192$16,771,12612Weinstein Company
3Safe Haven$55,521-6%550-729$101$69,991,1077Relativity Media
4Escape From Planet Earth$54,540-11%977-517$56$54,119,6827Weinstein Company
5Life of Pi$52,582-14%340-149$155$123,503,10019Fox
6Snitch (2013)$47,525-9%746-1061$64$41,507,5276Lionsgate / Summit
721 And Over$33,192-25%344-790$96$25,078,6295Relativity Media
8Django Unchained$22,362-4%233-63$96$162,386,89814Weinstein Company
9Stoker$21,862-12%194-81$113$1,541,9285Fox Searchlight
10Emperor$20,4724%138-99$148$2,949,9184Roadside Attractions
11Argo$18,851-19%26075$73$135,791,81525Warner Bros.
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$18,068-17%202-7$89$55,281,19310Paramount
13A Good Day to Die Hard$17,051-22%209-239$82$66,611,5427Fox
14Warm Bodies$15,287-6%162-137$94$65,297,0789Lionsgate / Summit
15Rise of The Guardians$15,035-7%134-28$112$103,343,06919Paramount / DreamWorks
16Parental Guidance$14,876-9%140-45$106$76,945,68414Fox
17Side Effects (2013)$12,778-7%102-123$125$31,274,1798Open Road
18The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$9,637-6%145-90$66$302,880,83516Warner Bros. / New Line
19Mama$9,225-6%123-7$75$71,618,35511Universal
20Les Miserables (2012)$7,630-13%109-20$70$148,801,07514Universal
21Dark Skies$6,565-9%101-104$65$17,151,8556Weinstein / Dimension
22Beautiful Creatures (2013)$5,897-10%115-73$51$19,417,4547Warner Bros.
23The Last Exorcism Part II$5,135-6%102-353$50$15,171,4085CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$26,4431%4--$6,611$363,0311Focus
2From Up on Poppy Hill$13,7000%2519$548$326,9073GKIDS
3To the Arctic 3D$11,947-21%520$230$11,961,75850Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Born to Be Wild 3D$9,29711%300$310$22,386,776104Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Girl Rising$8,98041%3932$230$544,0594Gathr Films
6Himmatwala$8,929-36%99--$90$233,9931UTV Motion Pictures
7The Impossible$6,699-6%86-37$78$18,840,15115Lionsgate / Summit
8The Sapphires$5,680-21%128$473$145,7962Weinstein Company
9Starbuck$4,848-32%1714$285$3,543,2522eOne Films US
10Dead Man Down$2,679-33%75-537$36$10,774,8704FilmDistrict
11Parker$1,7325%36-19$48$17,614,82410FilmDistrict
12Bless Me, Ultima$1,60017%11-10$145$1,550,9526Arenas Entertainment
13The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$1,0266%7-21$147$366,8315Methinx Entertainment
14Gangster Squad$967-1%500$19$45,999,96512Warner Bros.
15Camp (2013)$73564%6-11$123$105,9096Freestyle Releasing
16Kai Po Che$563-8%5-13$113$1,117,8906UTV Motion Pictures