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 Wed, Jul. 31 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Smurfs 2$5,203,980--3,866--$1,346$5,203,9800Sony / Columbia
2The Wolverine$4,339,978-27%3,924--$1,106$68,986,3971Fox
3The Conjuring$2,488,067-17%3,022119$823$92,347,5572Warner Bros. / New Line
4Despicable Me 2$2,139,150-22%3,291-529$650$313,957,3104Universal
5Grown Ups 2$1,520,570-16%3,258-233$467$106,659,6073Sony / Columbia
6Turbo$1,451,381-33%3,238-568$448$61,555,0292Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Red 2$1,064,821-19%3,0160$353$38,421,4112Lionsgate / Summit
8Pacific Rim$955,576-23%2,602-683$367$87,401,6703Warner Bros.
9The Heat$836,777-16%2,136-553$392$143,996,6705Fox
10R.I.P.D.$783,335-30%2,611-241$300$27,315,0502Universal
11Fruitvale Station$459,493-17%1,0641030$432$7,798,6993Weinstein Company
12Monsters University$365,419-29%1,144-1042$319$256,790,5896Disney
13World War Z$293,825-33%1,440-626$204$193,780,1516Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$431,483-6%886582$487$10,372,2624Fox Searchlight
2The To Do List$201,170-22%591--$340$2,273,8141CBS Films
3The Lone Ranger$155,782-38%828-1445$188$85,946,0734Disney
4Man of Steel$88,288-28%501-549$176$287,122,3657Warner Bros.
5White House Down$87,546-39%516-938$170$70,990,7235Sony / Columbia
6This Is The End$61,229-29%223-399$275$95,841,6817Sony / Columbia
7Epic$58,730-9%279-40$211$106,362,77410Fox
8Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$57,398-33%498-250$115$31,708,6694Lionsgate / Summit
9The Great Gatsby (2013)$44,320-5%271-31$164$144,289,13612Warner Bros.
10Now You See Me$43,592-18%215-118$203$115,120,8719Lionsgate / Summit
11Fast & Furious 6$42,695-9%267-12$160$237,747,07510Universal
12Star Trek Into Darkness$33,928-12%180-70$188$225,708,50311Paramount
13The Croods$32,666-6%187-25$175$186,478,54619Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14The Internship$31,433-2%197-5$160$44,016,2028Fox
15Girl Most Likely$20,895-18%227-124$92$1,286,2642Roadside Attractions
16The Purge$17,2250%1571$110$64,317,3508Universal
17The Hangover Part III$10,425-8%147-55$71$112,050,43810Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unfinished Song$14,9656%82-6$183$1,307,2116Weinstein Company
2Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$11,558-12%77-18$150$4,031,9078Roadside Attractions
3Mud$9,631-13%73-4$132$21,402,43414Roadside Attractions
4The Bling Ring$5,141-28%34-4$151$5,744,7237A24
5Kon-Tiki$3,5460%145$253$1,498,99414Weinstein Company
6The East$2,29813%20-11$115$2,252,5009Fox Searchlight
7Pain and Gain$2,278-8%35-35$65$49,775,15814Paramount
8The Servant (2013 re-issue)$1,8979%1--$1,897$13,3391Rialto Pictures
9Stories We Tell$751-24%14-8$54$1,541,55512Roadside Attractions
10Copperhead$427-26%2-34$214$162,9525Brainstorm Media