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, Jul. 13 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$17,433,06530%4,0036$4,355$215,367,0252Universal
2Grown Ups 2$14,619,533-10%3,491--$4,188$30,931,3551Sony / Columbia
3Pacific Rim$12,733,493-13%3,275--$3,888$27,296,4271Warner Bros.
4The Heat$5,720,65933%3,128-56$1,829$108,372,3223Fox
5The Lone Ranger$4,720,87535%3,9040$1,209$68,173,5122Disney
6Monsters University$4,304,70930%3,142-597$1,370$234,760,6244Disney
7World War Z$3,750,13035%3,003-313$1,249$174,195,1824Paramount
8White House Down$2,549,56736%2,566-656$994$61,236,5823Sony / Columbia
9Man of Steel$1,944,84143%2,150-755$905$279,477,8775Warner Bros.
10This Is The End$1,124,70631%1,394-710$807$90,774,0335Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$1,914,28619%89216$2,146$24,895,1212Lionsgate / Summit
2Now You See Me$555,75639%850-756$654$112,933,6867Lionsgate / Summit
3Star Trek Into Darkness$295,93356%403-162$734$224,160,8339Paramount
4Fast & Furious 6$233,24033%392-225$595$236,394,0108Universal
5Epic$189,61327%352-76$539$104,730,0798Fox
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$112,32356%138-32$814$3,450,7086Roadside Attractions
7After Earth$108,10934%238-32$454$59,298,6677Sony / Columbia
8The Croods$102,24733%243-26$421$185,553,30917Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9The Internship$90,07533%233-146$387$43,160,5516Fox
10The Hangover Part III$78,18929%265-73$295$111,590,3638Warner Bros.
11The Great Gatsby (2013)$65,84236%125-60$527$143,164,59110Warner Bros.
12The Purge$64,44031%179-77$360$63,785,6456Universal
13Mud$60,16766%1132$532$21,030,97812Roadside Attractions
14Pain and Gain$29,89449%150-20$199$49,638,15212Paramount
1542 (2013)$25,38837%105-77$242$94,910,90414Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$480,55157%7960$6,083$1,530,5012Fox Searchlight
2Fruitvale Station$138,8009%7--$19,829$266,2451Weinstein Company
3Unfinished Song$107,26273%9121$1,179$714,9174Weinstein Company
4The Bling Ring$63,30837%97-62$653$5,409,7535A24
5The East$41,23961%71-31$581$2,099,0317Fox Searchlight
6The Kings of Summer$30,32746%565$542$1,185,8447CBS Films
7Scary Movie 5$29,89436%33-10$906$31,930,03314Weinstein / Dimension
8Escape From Planet Earth$23,21830%55-7$422$56,937,16522Weinstein Company
9Stories We Tell$10,56367%281$377$1,475,28910Roadside Attractions
10Kon-Tiki$7,72146%21-3$368$1,436,27412Weinstein Company
11G.I. Joe: Retaliation$6,77243%41-22$165$122,505,75116Paramount
12The Sapphires$3,59822%150$240$2,436,07217Weinstein Company
13Copperhead$2,217150%5-10$443$118,1773Brainstorm Media
14Revelation Road 2$2,023124%5--$405$2,9261Freestyle Releasing
15Not Today$1,97054%1-1$1,970$316,39314Freestyle Releasing
16Pawn Shop Chronicles$1,524-21%15--$102$3,4601Anchor Bay Films
17Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$1,47412%31$491$506,98011eOne Films US