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 Sun, Dec. 15 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$18,024,194-26%3,903--$4,618$73,645,1971Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$7,326,112-28%3,716-26$1,972$164,772,2114Disney
3Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$3,913,649-38%2,194--$1,784$16,007,6341Lionsgate
4The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$3,819,214-34%3,563-600$1,072$357,503,6634Lionsgate
5Thor: The Dark World$812,386-33%2,264-810$359$198,245,7446Disney
6Out of the Furnace$687,839-30%2,1010$327$9,574,4402Relativity Media
7Delivery Man$525,232-36%2,041-864$257$28,091,5754Disney / DreamWorks
8The Book Thief$504,554-27%1,158-158$436$14,936,4476Fox
9Homefront$503,066-28%2,102-468$239$18,507,1553Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$554,789-21%8350$664$11,083,4574Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$342,495-31%574-160$597$14,301,1347Focus
3The Best Man Holiday$295,040-31%922-655$320$69,019,6955Universal
4Nebraska$271,391-27%250137$1,086$3,378,4515Paramount Vantage
512 Years a Slave$225,210-25%497-585$453$36,364,5139Fox Searchlight
6Gravity$215,379-32%503-397$428$252,779,06511Warner Bros.
7Last Vegas$173,526-31%726-813$239$61,757,9757CBS Films
8Captain Phillips$78,669-38%323-317$244$104,017,03410Sony / Columbia
9Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$73,316-37%456-701$161$100,563,4508Paramount
10Ender's Game$60,895-35%331-277$184$60,520,8317Lionsgate / Summit
11All Is Lost$48,081-28%263116$183$5,706,4319Roadside Attractions
12Black Nativity$45,662-22%260-1265$176$6,878,0973Fox Searchlight
13Despicable Me 2$41,255-42%223-29$185$367,355,88524Universal
14Free Birds$30,947-38%283-919$109$53,982,5927Relativity Media
15Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$30,529-36%175-137$174$115,412,36812Sony / Columbia
16Escape Plan$29,019-27%16786$174$24,721,5829Lionsgate / Summit
17About Time$28,555-26%143-123$200$15,196,8787Universal
18Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$13,316-39%123-17$108$68,378,13319Fox
19Oldboy (2013)$11,301-7%151-432$75$2,162,5933FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$261,461-2%6--$43,577$740,4551Sony / Columbia
2Saving Mr. Banks$125,975-22%15--$8,398$413,3731Disney
3Inside Llewyn Davis$118,812-16%1511$7,921$910,3172CBS Films
4Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$12,285-5%40$3,071$241,0793Weinstein Company
5Enough Said$11,916-37%72-22$166$17,363,90713Fox Searchlight
6Don Jon$10,775-6%92-33$117$24,423,14112Relativity Media
7Insidious Chapter 2$7,651-45%99-23$77$83,574,83114FilmDistrict
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$7,389-36%61-946$121$116,098,90718Weinstein Company
9The Counselor$4,900-27%60-11$82$16,923,0428Fox
10The Family (2013)$4,413-25%56-40$79$36,887,95014Relativity Media
11Big Sur$30416%2--$152$35,9277Ketchup Entertainment
12Linsanity$30-17%2--$15$298,25011Ketchup Entertainment