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, Aug. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Elysium$11,088,228--3,284--$3,376$11,088,2281Sony / TriStar
2We're the Millers$8,515,81681%3,260--$2,612$20,004,5991Warner Bros. / New Line
3Planes$8,158,972--3,702--$2,204$8,158,9721Disney
4Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$4,899,99144%3,031--$1,617$13,757,0501Fox
52 Guns$3,436,78071%3,0283$1,135$40,825,6852Universal
6The Smurfs 2$3,151,48945%3,8671$815$40,294,9922Sony / Columbia
7The Wolverine$2,434,14333%2,867-1057$849$106,420,3133Fox
8The Conjuring$2,141,95768%2,650-465$808$116,186,8634Warner Bros. / New Line
9Despicable Me 2$1,904,02538%2,395-812$795$334,470,2206Universal
10Grown Ups 2$1,206,78850%2,102-973$574$121,347,7195Sony / Columbia
11Turbo$708,4961%1,771-1214$400$73,478,4504Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Heat$641,99446%1,351-723$475$152,257,9397Fox
13Red 2$588,59529%1,574-1181$374$47,999,8174Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chennai Express$759,665288%196--$3,876$955,6811UTV Motion Pictures
2The Way, Way Back$485,66770%780-221$623$15,305,8556Fox Searchlight
3Pacific Rim$447,6010%980-823$457$95,677,1325Warner Bros.
4Fruitvale Station$420,95052%828-258$508$12,468,6105Weinstein Company
5Monsters University$221,51314%405-474$547$259,709,0298Disney
6Man of Steel$216,325316%426122$508$288,147,9889Warner Bros.
7World War Z$200,13416%505-407$396$197,003,7668Paramount
8R.I.P.D.$138,6554%478-1225$290$31,649,8504Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$86,78632%256-44$339$226,600,01213Paramount
10White House Down$51,305--159-194$323$71,836,4737Sony / Columbia
11Epic$47,7097%222-33$215$106,871,92112Fox
12Now You See Me$45,38365%143-63$317$115,651,92311Lionsgate / Summit
13Fast & Furious 6$41,06543%191-39$215$238,180,72012Universal
14This Is The End$37,590--102-66$369$96,425,9679Sony / Columbia
15The Internship$31,32229%136-36$230$44,353,01610Fox
16The Croods$29,5967%142-20$208$186,789,51221Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17The Great Gatsby (2013)$25,305-12%135-93$187$144,651,04414Warner Bros.
18After Earth$20,941--109-37$192$60,367,92611Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$84,153440%1915$4,429$352,2562A24
2The To Do List$24,039-35%86-499$280$3,401,5693CBS Films
3In a World...$21,754--3--$7,251$21,7541Roadside Attractions
4Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$19,17428%77-137$249$32,120,1416Lionsgate / Summit
5Unfinished Song$15,71334%53-15$296$1,471,7368Weinstein Company
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$13,36450%53-5$252$4,142,21710Roadside Attractions
7Mud$9,4043%44-18$214$21,515,42716Roadside Attractions
8The Hangover Part III$6,20116%46-57$135$112,172,86712Warner Bros.
9The Bling Ring$5,518102%401$138$5,794,9979A24
10Pain and Gain$2,888125%19-1$152$49,794,36716Paramount
11Girl Most Likely$2,484-20%12-24$207$1,364,7374Roadside Attractions
12Stories We Tell$2,0740%10-7$207$1,565,72814Roadside Attractions
13Copperhead$68223%1-1$682$170,1837Brainstorm Media