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 Thu, Aug. 29 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,716,010-3%3,110177$552$59,265,1062Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$1,262,339-4%3,445120$366$96,951,9183Warner Bros. / New Line
3Planes$757,003-7%3,378-338$224$63,087,6703Disney
4Elysium$727,700-2%2,913-371$250$72,103,7293Sony / TriStar
5The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$679,420-4%3,11872$218$17,454,1841Sony / Screen Gems
6The World's End$638,599-4%1,551--$412$11,809,2341Focus
7You're Next$491,553-4%2,437--$202$9,339,7081Lionsgate
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$432,157-9%2,730-142$158$50,540,0193Fox
9Kick-Ass 2$412,300-3%2,9455$140$24,529,0452Universal
102 Guns$300,730-3%1,769-441$170$66,709,9054Universal
11The Smurfs 2$295,812-16%1,852-262$160$64,154,2364Sony / Columbia
12Despicable Me 2$262,200-9%1,311-253$200$351,938,7908Universal
13Jobs$255,011-14%2,3810$107$13,264,3202Open Road
14The Wolverine$213,047-8%1,449-266$147$126,108,8825Fox
15The Conjuring$176,225-3%1,355-646$130$132,472,9106Warner Bros. / New Line
16Paranoia$133,117-6%2,4590$54$6,861,4642Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Closed Circuit$263,1426%862--$305$511,8460Focus
2The Spectacular Now$134,468-5%345290$390$2,342,2794A24
3Grown Ups 2$59,797-9%620-396$96$129,224,1577Sony / Columbia
4Turbo$59,457-5%470-114$127$79,047,4836Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5The Heat$49,289-18%409-145$121$156,625,6579Fox
6Pacific Rim$45,1717%260-184$174$99,377,0517Warner Bros.
7The Way, Way Back$45,0791%302-128$149$18,820,5738Fox Searchlight
8Now You See Me$40,9317%246112$166$116,597,84513Lionsgate / Summit
9Fruitvale Station$36,9055%392-85$94$15,333,1727Weinstein Company
10World War Z$36,762-8%239-68$154$199,023,83110Paramount
11Red 2$32,4162%389-326$83$51,746,0966Lionsgate / Summit
12Man of Steel$32,08410%303-62$106$290,360,08211Warner Bros.
13Chennai Express$26,550-10%144-46$184$4,834,7953UTV Motion Pictures
14R.I.P.D.$18,79517%179-2$105$32,803,0956Universal
15Star Trek Into Darkness$16,7009%144-66$116$227,440,81015Paramount
16Epic$6,450-1%115-53$56$107,384,02714Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$33,0474%7538$441$863,4703Roadside Attractions
2The Grandmaster$14,334-8%7--$2,048$196,0441Weinstein Company
3Fast & Furious 6$4,905-9%98-43$50$238,571,89014Universal
4Girl Rising$4,51093%1-6$4,510$1,533,33825Gathr Films
5Unfinished Song$3,654-17%27-16$135$1,625,98810Weinstein Company
6The Croods$3,4562%69-45$50$187,087,07023Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$2,57026%27-9$95$4,262,20612Roadside Attractions
8Savannah$1,314-20%14--$94$21,6501Ketchup Entertainment
9Mud$1,00645%16-12$63$21,585,26218Roadside Attractions
10Stories We Tell$44734%6-2$75$1,584,89016Roadside Attractions
11Underdogs (2013)$393-18%2-2$197$30,6082Freestyle Releasing
12Inch'Allah$29854%21$149$458,7232eOne Films US
13Girl Most Likely$136-54%1-1$136$1,377,0156Roadside Attractions
14Pain and Gain$75-10%22-64$3$49,875,29118Paramount