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, Nov. 9 - Sun, Nov. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$87,800,000--3,505--$25,050$90,000,0001Sony / Columbia
2Wreck-It Ralph$33,056,000-33%3,7520$8,810$93,690,6092Disney
3Flight$15,100,000-39%2,047163$7,377$47,770,2992Paramount
4Argo$6,745,000-34%2,763-11$2,441$85,710,9585Warner Bros.
5Taken 2$4,000,000-32%2,487-152$1,608$131,287,1716Fox
6Here Comes the Boom$2,550,000-28%2,044-270$1,248$39,061,0955Sony / Columbia
7Cloud Atlas$2,525,000-53%2,02310$1,248$22,711,7063Warner Bros.
8Pitch Perfect$2,504,000-18%1,391-111$1,800$59,030,6437Universal
9The Man With the Iron Fists$2,490,000-69%1,8724$1,330$12,718,3252Universal
10Hotel Transylvania$2,350,000-47%2,566-356$916$140,903,9827Sony / Columbia
11Paranormal Activity 4$2,020,000-52%2,348-658$860$52,640,5794Paramount
12Sinister$1,450,000-47%1,554-328$933$46,504,2385Lionsgate / Summit
13Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$1,225,000-63%1,902-1031$644$16,308,2693Open Road
14Alex Cross$880,000-55%1,090-558$807$24,571,0694Lionsgate / Summit
15Fun Size$750,000-67%1,301-1715$576$8,793,1133Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,060,000-15%607-15$1,746$14,541,8468Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$575,000-53%491-205$1,171$64,662,2337Sony / TriStar
3The Sessions$545,00016%12859$4,258$1,654,6724Fox Searchlight
4Chasing Mavericks$425,000-65%459-1571$926$5,230,2623Fox
5Brave$300,000-9%239-14$1,255$236,273,52721Disney
6Frankenweenie$255,000-67%381-476$669$33,809,6006Disney
7The Odd Life of Timothy Green$188,000232%225131$836$50,999,95213Disney
8ParaNorman$157,219-31%198-48$794$55,452,53613Focus
9The Possession$62,000-34%121-34$512$49,075,23911Lionsgate
10The Expendables 2$60,000-42%134-39$448$84,952,87413Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lincoln$900,000--11--$81,818$900,0001Disney / DreamWorks
2A Late Quartet$174,089131%6253$2,808$284,4112Entertainment One / RKO
3Searching For Sugar Man$105,130-29%94-11$1,118$2,562,10516Sony Pictures Classics
4The Master$103,000-43%88-50$1,170$15,688,0589Weinstein Company
5Arbitrage$79,850-35%87-29$918$7,664,7459Roadside Attractions
6Samsara$48,000-30%48-14$1,000$2,392,16012Oscilloscope
7Smashed$40,56719%4221$966$249,4975Sony Pictures Classics
8A Royal Affair$40,000--7--$5,714$40,0001Magnolia Pictures
9Holy Motors$32,153111%149$2,297$124,0604Indomina Releasing
10This Must Be the Place$30,167289%119$2,742$43,5242Weinstein Company
11The Paperboy$24,997-48%34-8$735$677,2006Millennium Entertainment
12Middle of Nowhere (2012)$20,211--12--$1,684$210,7315AFFRM
13Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$14,211-59%43-27$330$3,315,1685Atlas Distribution
14Simon and the Oaks$13,596-53%174$800$141,5815The Film Arcade
15The Big Picture (2012)$11,075-50%7-1$1,582$113,4535MPI Media
16The Imposter$6,681-54%7-3$954$868,35918Indomina Releasing
17The Other Dream Team$3,572-25%50$714$134,1087The Film Arcade
1828 Hotel Rooms$3,000--1--$3,000$3,0001Oscilloscope
19Wuthering Heights (2012)$2,500-51%3-8$833$76,3566Oscilloscope
20Burn$2,185--1--$2,185$2,1851Area23a
21Vamps$1,711212%10$1,711$2,4822Anchor Bay Films
22Death by China$900-71%1-1$900$37,43813Area23a