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 Thu, May. 2 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pain and Gain$1,102,060-16%3,277--$336$26,319,0751Paramount
2Oblivion (2013)$928,750-21%3,7929$245$70,171,9152Universal
342 (2013)$713,4074%3,405155$210$72,125,7703Warner Bros.
4The Big Wedding$578,155-7%2,633--$220$10,334,5651Lionsgate
5The Croods$286,565-5%3,283-152$87$164,518,1596Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Place Beyond the Pines$233,799-10%1,58442$148$17,396,6405Focus
7Olympus Has Fallen$205,790-15%2,334-304$88$94,179,8796FilmDistrict
8G.I. Joe: Retaliation$188,766-19%2,707-468$70$117,482,3165Paramount
9Jurassic Park 3D$166,650-14%1,848-482$90$42,859,9854Universal
10Evil Dead$141,576-20%2,186-637$65$52,585,4894Sony / TriStar
11Scary Movie 5$133,598-17%2,733-669$49$28,168,3083Weinstein / Dimension
12Oz: The Great and Powerful$115,8207%1,610-435$72$226,745,9328Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$185,554-1%363--$511$3,007,8981Roadside Attractions
2Tyler Perry's Temptation$63,117-17%942-463$67$50,953,9115Lionsgate
3The Host (2013)$28,542-8%611-745$47$25,992,0975Open Road
4Jack the Giant Slayer$28,2024%365110$77$63,856,1409Warner Bros. / New Line
5Filly Brown$25,063-18%25971$97$2,434,4242Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Identity Thief$21,4601%425-55$50$133,250,39512Universal
7The Sapphires$19,49214%12612$155$1,489,4826Weinstein Company
8Silver Linings Playbook$19,0620%361-506$53$131,504,96424Weinstein Company
9Snitch (2013)$14,8985%25291$59$42,388,29610Lionsgate / Summit
10The Lords of Salem$14,848-28%280-75$53$1,119,3292Anchor Bay Films
11Quartet$12,33116%130-46$95$18,052,57816Weinstein Company
12Safe Haven$12,21812%259-66$47$71,134,56611Relativity Media
13Trance$12,081-12%157-286$77$2,175,5374Fox Searchlight
14Admission$11,371-11%279-206$41$17,744,2336Focus
15Escape From Planet Earth$9,6062%28343$34$55,086,76211Weinstein Company
16Warm Bodies$8,1546%190-50$43$66,299,66513Lionsgate / Summit
17Life of Pi$7,6450%131-62$58$124,698,86123Fox
1821 And Over$7,3045%13686$54$25,625,5329Relativity Media
19The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$6,7881%185-80$37$22,493,3777Warner Bros. / New Line
20Side Effects (2013)$6,1212%108-537$57$32,019,87812Open Road
21A Good Day to Die Hard$4,50811%122-48$37$67,252,59611Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$25,73432%72-98$357$1,093,7878Gathr Films
2To the Arctic 3D$9,27738%520$178$12,327,74354Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Spring Breakers$7,111-6%72-50$99$13,974,3287A24
4From Up on Poppy Hill$5,91314%44-4$134$820,7407GKIDS
5Born to Be Wild 3D$4,199-36%300$140$22,551,264108Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Camp (2013)$2,769-5%28-4$99$304,15910Freestyle Releasing
7Kon-Tiki$2,618-20%2--$1,309$33,1761Weinstein Company
8Starbuck$2,175-58%27-2$81$3,736,8256eOne Films US
9Dark Skies$2,1675%63-28$34$17,353,17810Weinstein / Dimension
10Emperor$1,92524%26-38$74$3,300,9538Roadside Attractions
11Django Unchained$1,5441%38-39$41$162,796,04718Weinstein Company
12The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$1,536-53%10-21$154$523,5439Methinx Entertainment
13Parental Guidance$1,333-5%61-29$22$77,227,37218Fox
14Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$602-30%1--$602$20,1068Rialto Pictures
15Not Today$272-29%3-17$91$148,9913Freestyle Releasing
16Settai$9823%1-1$98$87,8384UTV Motion Pictures