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 Mon, Apr. 29 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pain and Gain$1,703,075-69%3,277--$520$21,947,5801Paramount
2Oblivion (2013)$1,403,040-71%3,7929$370$66,493,9652Universal
342 (2013)$808,128-72%3,405155$237$69,819,9433Warner Bros.
4The Big Wedding$631,727-67%2,633--$240$8,223,3901Lionsgate
5The Croods$372,957-81%3,283-152$114$163,524,6586Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Place Beyond the Pines$292,881-62%1,58442$185$16,544,9955Focus
7G.I. Joe: Retaliation$266,853-75%2,707-468$99$116,744,8215Paramount
8Olympus Has Fallen$261,855-67%2,334-304$112$93,433,6726FilmDistrict
9Evil Dead$198,758-60%2,186-637$91$52,052,6844Sony / TriStar
10Jurassic Park 3D$194,040-73%1,848-482$105$42,259,1004Universal
11Scary Movie 5$183,237-75%2,733-669$67$27,654,6243Weinstein / Dimension
12Oz: The Great and Powerful$129,263-76%1,610-435$80$226,388,0088Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$208,189-66%363--$574$2,424,0801Roadside Attractions
2Tyler Perry's Temptation$89,136-67%942-463$95$50,720,0585Lionsgate
3Filly Brown$34,330-82%25971$133$2,337,2712Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Host (2013)$31,358-65%611-745$51$25,898,3515Open Road
5Jack the Giant Slayer$31,108-75%365110$85$63,765,0469Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Lords of Salem$22,588-59%280-75$81$1,061,0362Anchor Bay Films
7Identity Thief$21,250-70%425-55$50$133,182,24012Universal
8Silver Linings Playbook$19,631-57%361-506$54$131,442,59924Weinstein Company
9The Sapphires$17,855-61%12612$142$1,433,5776Weinstein Company
10Snitch (2013)$15,665-71%25291$62$42,341,52010Lionsgate / Summit
11Trance$13,474-58%157-286$86$2,133,4654Fox Searchlight
12Quartet$10,807-55%130-46$83$18,016,15816Weinstein Company
13Admission$10,521-58%279-206$38$17,703,4256Focus
14Safe Haven$10,005-69%259-66$39$71,098,72811Relativity Media
1521 And Over$8,851-57%13686$65$25,603,0169Relativity Media
16Warm Bodies$8,025-69%190-50$42$66,276,01013Lionsgate / Summit
17Escape From Planet Earth$7,901-79%28343$28$55,058,23411Weinstein Company
18Life of Pi$7,342-69%131-62$56$124,673,85523Fox
19The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$6,511-67%185-80$35$22,472,3167Warner Bros. / New Line
20Side Effects (2013)$6,357-52%108-537$59$32,000,44612Open Road
21A Good Day to Die Hard$3,950-71%122-48$32$67,238,73111Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$23,080356%72-98$321$1,029,7778Gathr Films
2Spring Breakers$7,540-49%72-50$105$13,948,7917A24
3To the Arctic 3D$5,214-56%520$100$12,302,25554Warner Bros. / IMAX
4From Up on Poppy Hill$4,192-76%44-4$95$804,9497GKIDS
5Born to Be Wild 3D$2,987-47%300$100$22,534,760108Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Camp (2013)$2,809-79%28-4$100$296,16410Freestyle Releasing
7Kon-Tiki$2,752-61%2--$1,376$24,9201Weinstein Company
8Dark Skies$2,456-70%63-28$39$17,346,23110Weinstein / Dimension
9Starbuck$1,545-73%27-2$57$3,727,5116eOne Films US
10The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$1,510-87%25-6$60$517,0269Methinx Entertainment
11Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$1,450-21%10$1,450$25,7822Rialto Pictures
12Django Unchained$1,423-52%38-39$37$162,790,85518Weinstein Company
13Parental Guidance$1,319-79%61-29$22$77,223,17618Fox
14Emperor$786-64%26-38$30$3,296,4148Roadside Attractions
15Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$394-36%1--$394$18,3968Rialto Pictures
16Not Today$363-56%3-17$121$148,0623Freestyle Releasing
17Settai$78-86%1-1$78$87,3384UTV Motion Pictures