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, Feb. 22 - Sun, Feb. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$14,064,000-41%3,22257$4,365$93,666,5303Universal
2Snitch (2013)$13,000,000--2,511--$5,177$13,000,0001Lionsgate / Summit
3Escape From Planet Earth$11,013,000-31%3,35365$3,285$35,143,6622Weinstein Company
4Safe Haven$10,600,000-50%3,2230$3,289$48,061,6432Relativity Media
5A Good Day to Die Hard$10,000,000-60%3,5552$2,813$51,802,2642Fox
6Dark Skies$8,850,000--2,313--$3,826$8,850,0001Weinstein / Dimension
7Silver Linings Playbook$6,051,000-3%2,012-190$3,007$107,476,14615Weinstein Company
8Warm Bodies$4,750,000-46%2,644-253$1,797$58,168,0534Lionsgate / Summit
9Side Effects (2013)$3,511,000-44%2,070-535$1,696$25,253,5163Open Road
10Beautiful Creatures (2013)$3,410,000-55%2,9500$1,156$16,372,2652Warner Bros.
11Zero Dark Thirty$2,250,000-25%1,197-330$1,880$91,558,99110Sony / Columbia
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$1,640,000-53%1,425-678$1,151$52,900,5545Paramount
13Mama$1,163,000-57%1,163-485$1,000$70,219,6706Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,965,000-10%802-101$2,450$129,791,33720Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$1,550,000-1%572-75$2,710$113,469,76014Fox
3Lincoln$1,495,000-9%875-132$1,709$178,617,49016Disney / DreamWorks
4Quartet$1,192,000-9%35623$3,348$8,911,0647Weinstein Company
5Django Unchained$1,036,000-32%659-358$1,572$158,847,7759Weinstein Company
6Amour$816,46816%32822$2,489$5,247,52410Sony Pictures Classics
7Les Miserables (2012)$657,000-24%462-214$1,422$146,718,8659Universal
8Wreck-It Ralph$648,000-18%402-104$1,612$186,678,54117Disney
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$545,000-45%388-217$1,405$300,946,89611Warner Bros. / New Line
10Bless Me, Ultima$502,562--263--$1,911$502,5621Arenas Entertainment
11Rise of The Guardians$370,000-12%305-33$1,213$102,016,94714Paramount / DreamWorks
12Parental Guidance$320,000-35%381-222$840$75,795,7839Fox
13The Impossible$288,000-40%273-149$1,055$18,051,48310Lionsgate / Summit
14The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$210,000-26%223-31$942$292,120,43115Lionsgate / Summit
15A Haunted House$205,000-31%302-38$679$39,866,7047Open Road
16The Guilt Trip$135,000161%18698$726$36,959,06410Paramount
17Parker$95,000-79%212-493$448$17,337,7705FilmDistrict
18Jack Reacher$77,000-40%100-75$770$79,472,47210Paramount
19The Last Stand$56,000117%11460$491$12,027,0056Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Gatekeepers$153,596240%1915$8,084$400,4364Sony Pictures Classics
2No (2013)$82,35415%62$13,726$194,6362Sony Pictures Classics
3Hyde Park on Hudson$61,811-39%65-21$951$6,124,89612Focus
4This is 40$49,000-51%96-71$510$67,524,41510Universal
5Stand Up Guys$35,000-67%41-78$854$3,263,6294Lionsgate / Roadside
6Like Someone in Love$22,8765%96$2,542$57,0102IFC Films
7Koch$22,569-40%9-2$2,508$169,6154Zeitgeist Films
8Texas Chainsaw 3D$20,000-67%44-52$455$34,333,2948Lionsgate
9Anna Karenina (2012)$18,524-55%28-23$662$12,804,83415Focus
10Chasing Ice$12,697--17--$747$1,212,29616Submarine Deluxe