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, Jun. 14 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Man of Steel$44,013,367265%4,207--$10,462$56,075,4911Warner Bros.
2This Is The End$6,947,20655%3,055--$2,274$19,255,3411Sony / Columbia
3Now You See Me$3,338,61572%3,08262$1,083$73,028,0583Lionsgate / Summit
4The Purge$2,965,40576%2,59155$1,145$46,610,2552Universal
5Fast & Furious 6$2,819,66590%3,375-396$835$212,960,2904Universal
6The Internship$2,382,61373%3,39933$701$26,333,9742Fox
7Epic$1,856,07239%3,151-443$589$91,284,6954Fox
8Star Trek Into Darkness$1,455,78831%2,331-821$625$206,286,4825Paramount
9After Earth$1,157,51128%2,432-969$476$51,621,5263Sony / Columbia
10The Hangover Part III$914,14268%1,901-1341$481$106,164,6944Warner Bros.
11Iron Man 3$749,06638%1,649-702$454$397,451,3057Disney
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$535,89718%1,175-985$456$138,839,4386Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
142 (2013)$192,641389%44474$434$93,288,00910Warner Bros.
2The Croods$170,66456%368-46$464$182,251,76113Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Mud$149,57641%405-175$369$19,225,2388Roadside Attractions
4The East$83,272307%11574$724$504,5773Fox Searchlight
5Oblivion (2013)$54,18091%258-40$210$88,648,8909Universal
6Olympus Has Fallen$54,013111%201-35$269$98,272,39813FilmDistrict
7G.I. Joe: Retaliation$29,78824%170-66$175$122,027,71512Paramount
8Scary Movie 5$26,571784%14190$188$31,469,82810Weinstein / Dimension
9The Big Wedding$25,161317%16573$152$21,422,0658Lionsgate
10Escape From Planet Earth$17,401-19%151-31$115$56,646,74818Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bling Ring$77,947--5--$15,589$77,4971A24
2The Kings of Summer$43,672109%6319$693$435,6163CBS Films
3Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$43,451230%2318$1,889$270,4852Roadside Attractions
4Stories We Tell$22,25930%63-7$353$1,183,0626Roadside Attractions
5Kon-Tiki$20,22429%70-5$289$1,155,7118Weinstein Company
6Pain and Gain$11,88161%70-105$170$49,265,1728Paramount
7The Place Beyond the Pines$10,090-1%76-58$133$21,306,99912Focus
8To the Arctic 3D$9,98791%520$192$12,786,45561Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Born to Be Wild 3D$7,46144%300$249$22,790,842115Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Sapphires$6,168-11%39-16$158$2,309,50413Weinstein Company
11Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$3,258-29%14-15$233$464,1337eOne Films US
12We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$3,238-41%11-14$294$151,6544Focus World
13Quartet$2,816-58%25-89$113$18,328,83023Weinstein Company
14Not Today$2,29034%7-12$327$286,66310Freestyle Releasing
15Camp (2013)$2,115--2--$1,058$321,46517Freestyle Releasing
16Lost and Found in Armenia$2,080-61%2-7$1,040$76,5152High Top Releasing
17Wish You Were Here (2013)$1,541-33%6-5$257$37,2862eOne Films US
18Tiger Eyes$1,491-9%6-11$249$18,5322Freestyle Releasing
19The Stroller Strategy$648--1--$648$6481Rialto Premieres
20From Up on Poppy Hill$416-50%9-1$46$996,77814GKIDS