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. 25 - Sun, Jan. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$19,000,000--3,372--$5,635$19,000,0001Paramount
2Mama$12,860,000-55%2,68235$4,795$48,647,4402Universal
3Silver Linings Playbook$10,000,000-7%2,641118$3,786$69,464,62711Weinstein Company
4Zero Dark Thirty$9,800,000-38%2,929-17$3,346$69,903,8476Sony / Columbia
5Parker$7,000,000--2,224--$3,147$7,000,0001FilmDistrict
6Django Unchained$5,005,000-35%2,007-509$2,494$146,294,8265Weinstein Company
7Movie 43$5,000,000--2,023--$2,472$5,000,0001Relativity Media
8Gangster Squad$4,200,000-51%2,590-513$1,622$39,646,8673Warner Bros.
9Broken City$4,000,000-52%2,6222$1,526$15,269,9892Fox
10Les Miserables (2012)$3,900,000-48%2,210-369$1,765$137,225,1505Universal
11Lincoln$3,874,000-29%1,909-265$2,029$167,061,83412Disney / DreamWorks
12A Haunted House$3,351,560-59%2,002-158$1,674$35,547,5413Open Road
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$3,310,000-46%1,675-648$1,976$293,248,4707Warner Bros. / New Line
14Parental Guidance$2,525,000-41%1,736-601$1,454$70,867,8135Fox
15The Last Stand$2,100,000-67%2,9130$721$10,633,9452Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$2,650,000-21%941-315$2,816$103,490,36010Fox
2The Impossible$1,980,000-20%782-104$2,532$13,341,7556Lionsgate / Summit
3Argo$1,825,000-19%635-121$2,874$117,581,42716Warner Bros.
4Quartet$1,149,000278%163131$7,049$1,689,8293Weinstein Company
5Jack Reacher$885,000-60%888-819$997$78,238,0936Paramount
6This is 40$745,000-63%504-728$1,478$66,348,7906Universal
7Wreck-It Ralph$716,000-45%588-724$1,218$182,468,76113Disney
8Rise of The Guardians$371,000-34%305-169$1,216$100,212,52910Paramount / DreamWorks
9The Guilt Trip$280,000-54%352-290$795$36,251,4546Paramount
10Hyde Park on Hudson$248,877-41%144-50$1,728$5,303,2468Focus
11Flight$220,000-23%263-37$837$93,457,74113Paramount
12The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$206,000-38%216-90$954$291,060,95511Lionsgate / Summit
13Texas Chainsaw 3D$145,000-89%285-1189$509$34,002,7074Lionsgate
14Rust and Bone$128,180-43%116-52$1,105$1,709,15810Sony Pictures Classics

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Amour$480,96929%6428$7,515$1,814,8776Sony Pictures Classics
2Anna Karenina (2012)$102,774-37%98-19$1,049$12,425,96311Focus
3Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$86,000-60%96-169$896$12,368,9166Paramount
4The Master$71,000307%3723$1,919$16,128,74520Weinstein Company
5Pitch Perfect$41,000-41%91-34$451$64,965,09318Universal
6The Perks of Being A Wallflower$31,000-40%56-17$554$17,715,05619Lionsgate / Summit
7Searching For Sugar Man$30,4124%26-1$1,170$3,181,22327Sony Pictures Classics
8West of Memphis$22,857187%145$1,633$82,7595Sony Pictures Classics
9Beware of Mr. Baker$21,826--15--$1,455$75,7349SnagFilms
10Holy Motors$18,583--12--$1,549$641,05415Indomina Releasing
11LUV$18,000-78%21-24$857$137,1422Indomina Media
12Yossi$13,208--2--$6,604$13,2081Strand Releasing