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

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Jan. 13 - Sun, Jan. 15

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contraband$24,100,000--2,863--$8,418$24,100,0001Universal
2Beauty and the Beast 3D$18,490,000--2,625--$7,044$18,490,0001Disney
3Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$11,500,000-42%3,346-209$3,437$186,746,7895Paramount
4Joyful Noise$11,345,000--2,735--$4,148$11,345,0001Warner Bros.
5Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$8,410,000-39%3,155-448$2,666$170,009,6445Warner Bros.
6The Devil Inside$7,900,000-77%2,551266$3,097$46,246,8472Paramount
7The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$6,800,000-40%2,674-276$2,543$87,980,8494Sony / Columbia
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$5,800,000-39%2,849-576$2,036$118,781,2885Fox
9War Horse$5,607,000-35%2,85673$1,963$65,778,9634Disney / DreamWorks
10We Bought a Zoo$5,200,000-37%2,909-261$1,788$63,688,5344Fox
11The Adventures of Tintin$4,000,000-41%2,073-933$1,930$67,705,2064Paramount
12New Year's Eve$1,050,000-66%1,092-772$962$53,704,1276Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Darkest Hour$1,024,000-67%1,182-981$866$20,473,1744Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Iron Lady$5,386,0002954%802797$6,716$5,973,6213Weinstein Company
2Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$3,160,945-42%88677$3,568$15,103,4856Focus
3The Descendants$2,035,000-21%660-77$3,083$47,039,1969Fox Searchlight
4The Artist$1,167,0004%21644$5,403$8,763,7798Weinstein Company
5Hugo$950,000-41%545-298$1,743$54,066,6558Paramount
6Carnage (2011)$785,590618%494479$1,590$1,372,0555Sony Pictures Classics
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$779,000-47%708-350$1,100$279,648,6859Lionsgate / Summit
8A Dangerous Method$569,995104%10440$5,481$2,757,1878Sony Pictures Classics
9The Muppets$539,000-60%547-689$985$86,374,5288Disney
10The Sitter$455,000-61%449-309$1,013$29,592,2336Fox
11My Week with Marilyn$453,000-45%400-184$1,133$11,326,7108Weinstein Company
12Young Adult$425,000-67%387-443$1,098$15,700,8276Paramount
13Puss in Boots (2011)$400,000-32%316-35$1,266$147,137,12712Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$142,800-32%41-4$3,483$2,625,2237Fox Searchlight
2Pina$108,00030%63$18,000$540,1934IFC Films
3Pariah (2011)$98,631-10%2413$4,110$371,0003Focus
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$88,000-11%60$14,667$632,5164Warner Bros.
5A Separation$80,026-14%60$13,338$322,0493Sony Pictures Classics
6We Need to Talk About Kevin$44,000--2--$22,000$83,2976Oscilloscope
7In the Land of Blood and Honey$39,98524%1811$2,221$145,6284FilmDistrict
8Sing Your Song$12,301--2--$6,151$12,3011S2BN Films