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, Oct. 10 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$5,346,1800%3,575--$1,495$79,134,9191Warner Bros.
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$981,95321%4,0010$245$63,836,6772Sony / Columbia
3Runner Runner$550,536-12%3,026--$182$10,388,9581Fox
4Prisoners$457,474-2%3,236-54$141$49,954,8793Warner Bros.
5Rush (2013)$392,360-3%2,30811$170$19,837,2693Universal
6Don Jon$383,837-8%2,4220$158$17,801,1502Relativity Media
7Insidious Chapter 2$248,2626%2,607-513$95$75,797,0174FilmDistrict
8Baggage Claim$229,492-6%2,0303$113$16,197,4782Fox Searchlight
9The Family (2013)$125,278-11%2,023-871$62$35,224,3494Relativity Media
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$123,7570%1,563-499$79$112,920,7718Weinstein Company
11We're the Millers$122,367-2%1,606-799$76$145,423,8879Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$202,137-6%437210$463$6,251,5993Fox Searchlight
2Pulling Strings$107,374-2%387--$277$2,974,4681Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Instructions Not Included$88,703-6%858-90$103$41,674,4886Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Metallica Through The Never$57,0521%589284$97$2,963,6392Picturehouse
5Grace Unplugged$55,3253%511--$108$1,224,1081Roadside Attractions
6Riddick$47,8250%795-1031$60$41,402,5555Universal
7Battle of the Year$39,71320%907-1101$44$8,650,4833Sony / Screen Gems
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$38,19028%513-494$74$66,121,0539Fox
9Despicable Me 2$31,60518%485-263$65$362,554,51514Universal
10Planes$22,62641%376-1050$60$88,210,3819Disney
11The Wolverine$19,0049%241-88$79$131,665,97511Fox
12Turbo$18,85736%222-60$85$82,285,29412Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Red 2$17,26211%20393$85$53,110,30912Lionsgate / Summit
14The Wizard of Oz 3D$15,1047%246-59$61$5,462,9563Warner Bros.
152 Guns$13,955-7%200-203$70$75,306,50010Universal
16The Conjuring$11,64015%202-136$58$137,206,46112Warner Bros. / New Line
17The Heat$11,0751%182-69$61$159,183,17415Fox
18Besharam$10,656-33%2170$49$562,5411Reliance Entertainment
19The World's End$8,09511%131-150$62$25,870,7787Focus
20The Way, Way Back$2,75619%131-27$21$21,402,13814Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Linsanity$16,221180%9--$1,802$132,9441Ketchup Entertainment
2In a World...$7,91416%78-43$101$2,735,7169Roadside Attractions
3Pacific Rim$6,97538%92-48$76$101,752,07913Warner Bros.
4Haute Cuisine$6,91729%6046$115$128,4613Weinstein Company
5The Spectacular Now$4,57525%58-84$79$6,758,56610A24
6Thanks for Sharing$3,7133%65-186$57$1,025,3023Roadside Attractions
7Fruitvale Station$2,911-5%7634$38$16,061,58113Weinstein Company
8World War Z$2,88820%75-85$39$202,359,71116Paramount
9The Grandmaster$2,79036%35-108$80$6,577,6437Weinstein Company
10Populaire$2,6925%5834$46$161,5515Weinstein Company
11Salinger$2,5010%21-113$119$566,2655Weinstein Company
12We Are What We Are (2013)$1,339-13%86$167$31,2382eOne Films US
13The Ultimate Life$69299%9-38$77$1,327,8415High Top Releasing
14You're Next$576-6%45-67$13$18,429,4997Lionsgate
15C.O.G.$365-13%4-5$91$55,0593Screen Media / Focus World
16Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$323-11%6-2$54$4,328,85018Roadside Attractions
17The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$287-40%10$287$17,1472Rialto Pictures
18Stories We Tell$232-37%2-2$116$1,600,14522Roadside Attractions
19The Last Day of August$156-29%1--$156$2,4921Striped Entertainment