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 Tue, Nov. 26 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$15,960,30930%4,163--$3,834$186,356,3171Lionsgate
2Thor: The Dark World$1,941,50043%3,713-128$523$171,219,2853Disney
3Delivery Man$1,095,84949%3,036--$361$9,776,3081Disney / DreamWorks
4The Best Man Holiday$1,010,2958%2,04117$495$52,309,4552Universal
5Free Birds$925,93933%3,071-439$302$50,278,9084Relativity Media
6Last Vegas$579,78334%2,926-311$198$54,897,0764CBS Films
7Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$443,79720%2,625-565$169$96,247,3535Paramount
8Gravity$433,11729%1,845-715$235$246,177,0418Warner Bros.
912 Years a Slave$389,30329%1,47463$264$30,118,1466Fox Searchlight
10Ender's Game$307,46330%2,035-1201$151$57,738,8644Lionsgate / Summit
11Captain Phillips$252,48738%1,656-970$152$101,140,9747Sony / Columbia
12About Time$183,75040%1,050-230$175$14,137,3634Universal
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$155,54417%1,121-524$139$114,516,6769Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$319,46524%666482$480$6,950,4784Focus
2Despicable Me 2$56,01031%295-10$190$366,474,43521Universal
3All Is Lost$47,69624%347-136$137$5,030,7976Roadside Attractions
4Enough Said$26,46622%233-160$114$17,038,12810Fox Searchlight
5Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$24,36469%112--$218$238,2821Reliance Entertainment
6Prisoners$20,57343%255-100$81$60,840,03010Warner Bros.
7Escape Plan$19,52661%267-420$73$24,491,6736Lionsgate / Summit
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$18,87428%185-30$102$68,096,41616Fox
9We're the Millers$16,07420%195-108$82$150,237,71316Warner Bros. / New Line
10Insidious Chapter 2$15,97121%18518$86$83,341,75111FilmDistrict
11The Counselor$11,14952%129-352$86$16,816,4025Fox
12The Family (2013)$10,10117%12696$80$36,737,97511Relativity Media
13Lee Daniels' The Butler$9,15525%124-52$74$115,586,71715Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$82,92426%7041$1,185$1,456,1773Fox
2Frozen (2013)$51,7248%1--$51,724$342,8391Disney
3Nebraska$31,5787%2824$1,128$576,4892Paramount Vantage
4Philomena$12,164-7%4--$3,041$153,7091Weinstein Company
5Instructions Not Included$10,14628%8033$127$44,323,99513Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Don Jon$5,57332%36-12$155$24,266,8799Relativity Media
7I'm in Love with a Church Girl$4,63172%17-38$272$2,387,7306High Top Releasing
8Romeo and Juliet (2013)$2,091328%12-17$174$1,156,5177Relativity Media
9Baggage Claim$2,013-15%46-62$44$21,508,0619Fox Searchlight
10Diana$1,79570%26-57$69$334,4844eOne Films US
11Runner Runner$1,19837%38-38$32$19,305,9138Fox
12The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$884--1--$884$59,2259Rialto Pictures
13The World's End$804136%6-2$134$25,997,36914Focus
14In a World...$6130%90$68$2,955,87216Roadside Attractions
15Grace Unplugged$27548%10-19$28$2,505,9018Roadside Attractions
16Reaching for the Moon$132-62%1-1$132$39,0903Wolfe Releasing
17Big Sur$123846%10$123$34,5974Ketchup Entertainment