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 Sat, Jun. 22 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$28,733,991-6%4,004--$7,176$59,207,0901Disney
2World War Z$22,619,334-10%3,607--$6,271$47,816,2131Paramount
3Man of Steel$16,211,39729%4,2070$3,853$197,549,3572Warner Bros.
4This Is The End$4,850,50818%3,0550$1,588$53,766,7192Sony / Columbia
5Now You See Me$3,124,25632%2,823-259$1,107$92,076,5534Lionsgate / Summit
6Fast & Furious 6$2,006,11034%2,417-958$830$227,192,1255Universal
7The Purge$1,364,62014%2,201-390$620$58,580,6103Universal
8The Internship$1,339,00024%1,916-1483$699$37,356,4703Fox
9Star Trek Into Darkness$1,303,11150%1,565-766$833$215,785,1276Paramount
10Epic$712,04133%1,994-1157$357$100,502,8585Fox
11After Earth$374,44235%1,166-1266$321$57,094,9824Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$926,99720%924-725$1,003$402,643,0428Disney
2The Bling Ring$671,003-10%650645$1,032$1,755,0362A24
3Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$306,31546%206183$1,487$988,7233Roadside Attractions
4The Hangover Part III$292,37020%530-1371$552$109,831,9255Warner Bros.
5The Great Gatsby (2013)$241,39347%362-813$667$141,403,3587Warner Bros.
6The Croods$194,92127%324-44$602$183,411,61914Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The East$154,63960%19580$793$1,093,9954Fox Searchlight
8Mud$131,52360%213-192$617$20,109,0869Roadside Attractions
942 (2013)$101,52324%325-119$312$94,129,52811Warner Bros.
10Oblivion (2013)$55,27534%201-57$275$88,981,53510Universal
11Olympus Has Fallen$51,82749%177-24$293$98,552,97114FilmDistrict
12G.I. Joe: Retaliation$35,44237%139-31$255$122,233,83613Paramount
13Scary Movie 5$32,49930%134-7$243$31,648,21511Weinstein / Dimension
14The Big Wedding$28,23927%141-24$200$21,591,7019Lionsgate
15Escape From Planet Earth$16,52133%138-13$120$56,769,77719Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kings of Summer$52,76354%652$812$717,6684CBS Films
2Kon-Tiki$19,28767%53-17$364$1,286,7269Weinstein Company
3Stories We Tell$18,13375%33-30$549$1,317,6517Roadside Attractions
4To the Arctic 3D$13,143102%520$253$12,853,37962Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Unfinished Song$12,540145%2--$6,270$17,6601Weinstein Company
6The Place Beyond the Pines$11,29224%53-23$213$21,374,11713Focus
7Pain and Gain$9,31626%50-20$186$49,326,1489Paramount
8The Sapphires$7,89657%29-10$272$2,353,82814Weinstein Company
9Born to Be Wild 3D$5,367-46%300$179$22,844,840116Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Quartet$4,76634%294$164$18,377,08524Weinstein Company
11Lost and Found in Armenia$2,90423%1-1$2,904$100,5883High Top Releasing
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$2,481187%8-6$310$487,2908eOne Films US
13Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$1,58229%17--$93$4,4311High Top Releasing
14Made in Cleveland$1,44332%5--$289$6,1341Striped Entertainment
15Not Today$1,1101%3-4$370$295,87611Freestyle Releasing
16Wish You Were Here (2013)$91670%3-3$305$44,7153eOne Films US
17Girl Rising$57054%16--$36$1,418,36716Gathr Films
18Tiger Eyes$4184%2-4$209$25,0413Freestyle Releasing
19Camp (2013)$68-59%1-1$68$324,91618Freestyle Releasing