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 Sat, Jan. 18 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$16,683,69516%2,663--$6,265$31,090,5251Universal
2Lone Survivor$10,312,05055%2,989114$3,450$67,787,6414Universal
3The Nut Job$8,752,00082%3,427--$2,554$13,559,0001Open Road
4Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$6,852,03828%3,387--$2,023$12,202,2291Paramount
5Frozen (2013)$5,282,199110%2,979-260$1,773$328,428,8369Disney
6American Hustle$4,615,70363%2,204-425$2,094$113,287,1996Sony / Columbia
7The Wolf of Wall Street$3,236,56359%1,930-591$1,677$88,050,9554Paramount
8August: Osage County$3,234,37755%2,0511146$1,577$15,916,2814Weinstein Company
9Devil's Due$3,007,853-13%2,544--$1,182$6,477,3471Fox
10Saving Mr. Banks$1,788,51063%2,449-222$730$74,131,3176Disney
11Her (2013)$1,765,51552%1,7290$1,021$13,923,0665Warner Bros.
12The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$1,751,11196%1,815-1260$965$247,465,1766Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Legend Of Hercules$1,476,85263%2,1040$702$13,357,4342Lionsgate / Summit
14The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,144,41981%1,328-434$862$416,775,2769Lionsgate
15Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$974,28749%1,731-1281$563$121,561,5785Paramount
16The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$600,66362%1,037-1547$579$54,768,3444Fox
17Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$571,01529%1,569-1314$364$30,947,9043Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$910,71696%944789$965$257,786,78816Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$710,15380%761647$933$40,208,81214Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$560,93061%505-102$1,111$23,672,1669Weinstein Company
4Inside Llewyn Davis$484,63477%585-144$828$10,797,1237CBS Films
5Dallas Buyers Club$421,62877%419294$1,006$17,531,39312Focus
6Nebraska$417,02571%408-113$1,022$9,436,06610Paramount Vantage
7Captain Phillips$251,97982%903789$279$105,508,00915Sony / Columbia
847 Ronin$190,36539%343-1016$555$37,476,4554Universal
9Walking With Dinosaurs$150,348136%454-885$331$34,190,7185Fox
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$138,894124%256-8$543$118,335,32517Sony / Columbia
11The Book Thief$101,40452%190-113$534$20,098,38211Fox
12Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$81,74680%391-649$209$52,178,9576Lionsgate
13Grudge Match$72,36362%408-1597$177$29,021,1094Warner Bros.
14Last Vegas$58,29265%194-46$300$63,572,09212CBS Films
15Free Birds$56,748143%199-33$285$55,235,89912Relativity Media
16Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$37,19360%154-38$242$101,937,61513Paramount
17Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$30,87213%122-241$253$7,954,5398Weinstein Company
18Lee Daniels' The Butler$29,42254%119-17$247$116,513,32823Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$19,78176%62-7$319$6,167,13414Roadside Attractions
2Out of the Furnace$18,77155%9760$194$11,253,3287Relativity Media
3Contempt (2013 re-issue)$2,19745%2--$1,099$37,89420Rialto Pictures
4Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$165-53%10$165$4,5742Anchor Bay Films
5Indigo Children$76-96%1--$76$1,7771Striped Entertainment