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, Jun. 13 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Man of Steel$12,062,124--4,207--$2,867$12,062,1240Warner Bros.
2This Is The End$4,492,183-43%3,055--$1,470$12,308,1350Sony / Columbia
3Now You See Me$1,941,206-2%3,02095$643$69,689,4432Lionsgate / Summit
4The Purge$1,687,505-11%2,536--$665$43,644,8501Universal
5Fast & Furious 6$1,487,695-8%3,77185$395$210,140,6253Universal
6The Internship$1,378,656-2%3,366--$410$23,951,3611Fox
7Epic$1,333,2144%3,390-504$393$89,428,6233Fox
8Star Trek Into Darkness$1,114,719-2%3,152-433$354$204,830,6944Paramount
9After Earth$901,495-9%3,4010$265$50,464,0152Sony / Columbia
10The Hangover Part III$545,327-10%3,242-323$168$105,250,5523Warner Bros.
11Iron Man 3$542,436-2%2,193-702$247$396,702,2396Disney
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$455,110-4%2,160-475$211$138,303,5415Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$109,2233%384-122$284$182,081,09712Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Mud$105,757-3%5801$182$19,075,6627Roadside Attractions
342 (2013)$39,422-2%370-131$107$93,095,3689Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$28,4051%298-59$95$88,594,7108Universal
5Olympus Has Fallen$25,564-2%23687$108$98,218,38512FilmDistrict
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$24,0895%236-50$102$121,997,92711Paramount
7Escape From Planet Earth$21,45910%182-86$118$56,629,34717Weinstein Company
8Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$13,041-8%1309$100$9,177,0655Lionsgate
9The Place Beyond the Pines$10,228-9%13330$77$21,287,79511Focus
10Pain and Gain$7,378-11%175-32$42$49,253,2917Paramount
11Quartet$6,63012%11497$58$18,326,01422Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kings of Summer$20,856-6%4440$474$391,9442CBS Films
2The East$20,4799%4137$499$421,3052Fox Searchlight
3Stories We Tell$17,168-7%7031$245$1,160,8035Roadside Attractions
4Kon-Tiki$15,6237%751$208$1,135,4877Weinstein Company
5Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$13,156-5%5--$2,631$227,0341Roadside Attractions
6The Sapphires$6,9364%55-3$126$2,303,33612Weinstein Company
7The Big Wedding$6,03021%92-34$66$21,396,9047Lionsgate
8We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$5,48420%2514$219$148,4163Focus World
9Lost and Found in Armenia$5,3286%9--$592$74,4351High Top Releasing
10To the Arctic 3D$5,2361%520$101$12,776,46860Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Born to Be Wild 3D$5,199-8%300$173$22,783,381114Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$4,5942%29-9$158$460,8756eOne Films US
13Jack the Giant Slayer$4,17716%58-85$72$65,187,60315Warner Bros. / New Line
14Scary Movie 5$3,00637%510$59$31,443,2579Weinstein / Dimension
15Wish You Were Here (2013)$2,2921%11--$208$35,7451eOne Films US
16Not Today$1,70841%191$90$284,3739Freestyle Releasing
17Tiger Eyes$1,642-8%17--$97$17,0411Freestyle Releasing
18From Up on Poppy Hill$839-15%10-2$84$996,36213GKIDS
19Hello Herman$73738%15--$49$8,4371Freestyle Releasing
20Emperor$26925%5-1$54$3,346,26414Roadside Attractions
21Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$32-33%3--$11$2,6162Cinema Purgatorio