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, Mar. 22 - Sun, Mar. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$44,700,000--4,046--$11,048$44,700,0001Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Olympus Has Fallen$30,500,000--3,098--$9,845$30,500,0001FilmDistrict
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$22,031,000-47%3,805-107$5,790$177,559,1333Disney
4The Call$8,700,000-49%2,5070$3,470$30,904,1212Sony / TriStar
5Admission$6,445,650--2,160--$2,984$6,445,6501Focus
6Spring Breakers$5,000,0001801%1,1041101$4,529$5,406,8582A24
7The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$4,275,000-58%3,1600$1,353$17,365,4302Warner Bros. / New Line
8Jack the Giant Slayer$2,965,000-53%2,560-797$1,158$59,052,2834Warner Bros. / New Line
9Identity Thief$2,545,000-42%2,166-676$1,175$127,726,9457Universal
10Snitch (2013)$1,930,000-45%1,807-546$1,068$40,342,5495Lionsgate / Summit
11Silver Linings Playbook$1,620,000-36%1,044-558$1,552$127,198,54319Weinstein Company
12Safe Haven$1,152,000-53%1,279-927$901$68,932,1456Relativity Media
1321 And Over$972,000-64%1,134-1290$857$24,107,3204Relativity Media
14Escape From Planet Earth$473,000-80%1,494-717$317$53,350,3776Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$700,000-43%489-157$1,431$122,526,51118Fox
2Quartet$592,000-37%425-263$1,393$15,928,22911Weinstein Company
3Stoker$356,00034%275181$1,295$1,127,3254Fox Searchlight
4Dead Man Down$319,000-85%612-1576$521$10,624,8683FilmDistrict
5A Good Day to Die Hard$315,000-73%448-669$703$66,252,1826Fox
6Django Unchained$277,000-2%29630$936$162,000,81613Weinstein Company
7Emperor$275,250-56%237-74$1,161$2,592,2193Roadside Attractions
8Side Effects (2013)$269,000-51%225-177$1,196$30,980,1117Open Road
9Warm Bodies$247,000-57%299-360$826$65,027,9388Lionsgate / Summit
10Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$203,000107%20979$971$54,926,8339Paramount
11Dark Skies$197,000-64%205-498$961$17,026,4855Weinstein / Dimension
12InAPPropriate Comedy$171,600--275--$624$171,6001Freestyle Releasing
13Rise of The Guardians$102,000-42%162-51$630$103,173,72418Paramount / DreamWorks
14The Impossible$72,000-14%12318$585$18,731,45514Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No (2013)$207,84415%6012$3,464$1,000,2796Sony Pictures Classics
2The Gatekeepers$188,317-17%948$2,003$1,607,0118Sony Pictures Classics
3Ginger & Rosa$102,000138%3431$3,000$162,2462A24
4From Up on Poppy Hill$60,2635%64$10,044$132,4962GKIDS
5Amour$53,150-48%90-39$591$6,589,68214Sony Pictures Classics
6The Sapphires$40,927--4--$10,232$40,9271Weinstein Company
7Upside Down$26,013-9%3928$667$68,0112Millennium Entertainment
8Gimme the Loot$23,400--1--$23,400$23,4001IFC Films
9Bless Me, Ultima$21,612-55%21-24$1,029$1,512,3735Arenas Entertainment
10Parker$21,000-64%55-37$382$17,584,4929FilmDistrict
11Starbuck$16,446--3--$5,482$3,471,4711eOne Films US
12My Brother the Devil$12,140--2--$6,070$12,1401Paladin/108 Media
13Hyde Park on Hudson$10,999-51%20-11$550$6,364,61916Focus
14Reality$8,00013%21$4,000$18,0162Oscilloscope
15Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013)$7,200-42%21$3,600$58,5023Tribeca Film