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 Mon, Dec. 23 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$7,823,089-26%3,92825$1,992$135,373,7842Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$7,242,6896%3,540-176$2,046$199,276,8065Disney
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$5,791,072-27%3,507--$1,651$45,247,1401Paramount
4American Hustle$3,603,352-34%2,5072501$1,437$23,823,6532Sony / Columbia
5The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$2,278,758-20%2,949-614$773$373,997,0335Lionsgate
6Saving Mr. Banks$2,128,406-25%2,1102095$1,009$12,098,2732Disney
7Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$1,664,660-35%2,1940$759$29,819,9172Lionsgate
8Walking With Dinosaurs$1,657,444-22%3,231--$513$8,749,3821Fox
9Thor: The Dark World$365,540-20%1,116-1148$328$201,145,4117Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dhoom 3$451,541-56%239--$1,889$3,875,0491Yash Raj Films
2Philomena$239,326-38%738-97$324$13,561,5155Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$210,325-39%148133$1,421$2,342,8393CBS Films
4The Book Thief$200,617-19%680-478$295$16,797,6147Fox
5Gravity$127,006-17%302-201$421$253,694,28812Warner Bros.
6Homefront$119,233-33%675-1427$177$19,903,0104Open Road
7Delivery Man$114,223-30%663-1378$172$29,393,4485Disney / DreamWorks
8Nebraska$111,334-37%31060$359$4,481,8036Paramount Vantage
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$94,264-4%313138$301$115,834,46013Sony / Columbia
1012 Years a Slave$83,909-33%301-196$279$37,164,22510Fox Searchlight
11Dallas Buyers Club$80,183-38%330-244$243$15,236,3058Focus
12Out of the Furnace$73,650-29%728-1373$101$11,001,9553Relativity Media
13The Best Man Holiday$70,200-38%351-571$200$69,864,6356Universal
14Last Vegas$48,842-38%333-393$147$62,293,6078CBS Films
15Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$40,834-38%278-178$147$100,890,8859Paramount
16Captain Phillips$33,222-27%172-151$193$104,320,86211Sony / Columbia
17Despicable Me 2$31,5200%197-26$160$367,535,68025Universal
18Ender's Game$30,186-8%187-144$161$60,754,8398Lionsgate / Summit
19Free Birds$21,107-2%184-99$115$54,111,5718Relativity Media
20Escape Plan$11,756-46%138-29$85$24,845,83810Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$50,744-42%6--$8,457$462,4721Warner Bros.
2All Is Lost$9,290-40%83-180$112$5,849,85910Roadside Attractions
3About Time$9,215-34%97-46$95$15,303,7688Universal
4Black Nativity$7,606-38%63-197$121$6,975,1094Fox Searchlight
5Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$6,439-28%85-38$76$68,426,38920Fox
6Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$5,452-44%40$1,363$298,4454Weinstein Company
7Enough Said$3,976-42%42-30$95$17,413,10114Fox Searchlight
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,580-24%43-18$83$116,132,85519Weinstein Company
9Don Jon$2,831-34%32-60$88$24,459,34413Relativity Media
10The Family (2013)$1,018-40%29-27$35$36,902,99015Relativity Media
11Oldboy (2013)$781-4%21-130$37$2,182,0714FilmDistrict