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. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conjuring$13,939,346-18%2,903--$4,802$30,895,4631Warner Bros. / New Line
2Despicable Me 2$10,027,47534%3,820-183$2,625$268,595,5953Universal
3Turbo$8,507,43728%3,806--$2,235$24,838,1421Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Grown Ups 2$7,850,70322%3,4910$2,249$73,795,3142Sony / Columbia
5Red 2$6,892,4619%3,016--$2,285$13,241,7671Lionsgate / Summit
6Pacific Rim$6,357,89835%3,28510$1,935$63,361,6262Warner Bros.
7R.I.P.D.$4,605,995-4%2,852--$1,615$9,425,8751Universal
8The Heat$3,843,31835%2,689-439$1,429$126,656,3984Fox
9World War Z$2,107,17736%2,066-937$1,020$185,398,6535Paramount
10Monsters University$2,054,46236%2,186-956$940$247,559,3825Disney
11The Lone Ranger$1,799,61636%2,273-1631$792$80,029,4493Disney
12White House Down$1,022,72843%1,454-1112$703$67,788,8494Sony / Columbia
13Man of Steel$744,86448%1,050-1100$709$284,430,3806Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$959,08154%304225$3,155$3,975,2913Fox Searchlight
2Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$833,15826%748-144$1,114$29,405,5973Lionsgate / Summit
3This Is The End$480,97735%622-772$773$94,087,0146Sony / Columbia
4Girl Most Likely$280,40224%351--$799$506,1521Roadside Attractions
5Now You See Me$181,74236%333-517$546$114,289,9298Lionsgate / Summit
6Star Trek Into Darkness$164,20349%250-153$657$225,008,41410Paramount
7Epic$153,95931%319-33$483$105,486,0369Fox
8The Great Gatsby (2013)$130,61429%302177$432$143,562,00711Warner Bros.
9Fast & Furious 6$129,73531%279-113$465$237,027,7609Universal
10The Internship$93,81936%202-31$464$43,519,5617Fox
11The Croods$84,89135%212-31$400$185,977,34618Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12After Earth$78,28240%189-49$414$59,692,9288Sony / Columbia
13The Purge$49,14024%156-23$315$64,023,8557Universal
14The Hangover Part III$44,39134%202-63$220$111,847,7039Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fruitvale Station$284,71224%3427$8,374$1,106,7152Weinstein Company
2Unfinished Song$70,90861%88-3$806$1,029,0565Weinstein Company
3Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$62,22659%95-43$655$3,788,5657Roadside Attractions
4Mud$42,91667%77-36$557$21,213,98613Roadside Attractions
5The Bling Ring$27,77332%38-59$731$5,607,3696A24
6The East$15,44757%31-40$498$2,199,1398Fox Searchlight
7The Kings of Summer$15,34930%35-21$439$1,278,1438CBS Films
842 (2013)$13,04218%85-20$153$94,992,10115Warner Bros.
9Pain and Gain$11,83850%70-80$169$49,726,16513Paramount
10Copperhead$9,08419%3631$252$138,1674Brainstorm Media
11Stories We Tell$7,86118%22-6$357$1,509,74611Roadside Attractions
12Kon-Tiki$3,87230%9-12$430$1,463,93813Weinstein Company
13Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$2,4932368%41$623$515,94812eOne Films US
14Scary Movie 5$1,09876%8-25$137$32,013,44715Weinstein / Dimension
15The Sapphires$867127%10-5$87$2,447,40618Weinstein Company
16Escape From Planet Earth$485104%7-48$69$57,011,56523Weinstein Company
17Not Today$71-42%10$71$317,89115Freestyle Releasing