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, Feb. 9 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$21,142,548-31%3,775--$5,601$69,050,2791Warner Bros.
2The Monuments Men$5,478,744-43%3,083--$1,777$22,003,4331Sony / Columbia
3Ride Along$2,309,970-51%2,800-67$825$105,312,5304Universal
4Frozen (2013)$2,157,313-35%2,460-294$877$368,637,43712Disney
5Lone Survivor$1,477,535-45%2,869-416$515$112,852,1467Universal
6That Awkward Moment$1,173,481-50%2,8090$418$16,545,2212Focus
7The Nut Job$1,160,697-38%3,004-468$386$55,025,7444Open Road
8Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$885,061-49%2,139-768$414$44,400,7024Paramount
9Vampire Academy$876,014-46%2,676--$327$3,921,7421Weinstein Company
10Labor Day (2013)$796,337-46%2,5840$308$10,127,1812Paramount
11American Hustle$784,801-49%1,640-576$479$138,085,7219Sony / Columbia
12The Wolf of Wall Street$733,352-40%1,167-440$628$107,896,5887Paramount
13I, Frankenstein$421,436-38%1,427-1326$295$17,483,8493Lionsgate
14August: Osage County$418,373-40%1,327-992$315$34,290,5117Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$473,160-42%701-431$675$266,474,23719Warner Bros.
2Philomena$242,942-33%504-63$482$28,672,57512Weinstein Company
312 Years a Slave$239,312-37%678-494$353$47,347,83717Fox Searchlight
4Nebraska$207,520-36%525-350$395$14,943,27513Paramount Vantage
5Her (2013)$205,689-40%457-346$450$22,464,0328Warner Bros.
6The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$203,444-38%537-396$379$255,398,3749Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$172,717-47%529-293$326$422,411,45312Lionsgate
8Dallas Buyers Club$172,556-40%488-564$354$23,679,91115Focus
9Devil's Due$73,579-52%385-905$191$15,405,1634Fox
10The Legend Of Hercules$73,247-28%248-350$295$18,389,0685Lionsgate / Summit
11Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$67,614-45%346-74$195$124,794,3128Paramount
12Walking With Dinosaurs$56,202-33%251-72$224$35,199,8108Fox
13The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$45,367-49%242-168$187$57,198,1707Fox
14Inside Llewyn Davis$44,404-43%129-85$344$12,756,46010CBS Films
15Grudge Match$39,287-41%341100$115$29,520,9617Warner Bros.
16Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$36,089-42%197-23$183$119,275,86220Sony / Columbia
17Captain Phillips$29,189-43%182-63$160$106,735,67518Sony / Columbia
18The Book Thief$25,674-45%135-43$190$20,949,90314Fox
19Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$19,814-35%103-47$192$32,385,0516Paramount
20Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$18,953-46%115-48$165$52,528,3309Lionsgate
21Free Birds$10,891-38%109-26$100$55,567,50515Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hasee Toh Phasee$90,738-41%88--$1,031$336,9851Reliance Entertainment
2Gloria (2014)$75,617-34%6536$1,163$551,9773Roadside Attractions
3Gimme Shelter (2014)$16,130-36%76-271$212$1,335,0653Roadside Attractions
4Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$5,771-38%46-31$125$8,185,21211Weinstein Company
5Last Vegas$4,925-57%60-44$82$63,881,08715CBS Films
6Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$2,178-29%1--$2,178$7,2981Rialto Pictures
7At Middleton$1,168-20%8-12$146$49,9532Anchor Bay / Freestyle
8All Is Lost$841-43%12-13$70$6,253,16217Roadside Attractions
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$629-15%11-41$57$116,631,31026Weinstein Company
10Knights of Badassdom$461-86%9-2$51$86,7963eOne Films US
11The Pretty One$430-42%1--$430$1,4841Dada Films
12Demi-Soeur$185-24%1--$185$6341Rialto Premieres
13Love Is in the Air$118-79%3-3$39$7,6362Focus World