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, Sep. 13 - Sun, Sep. 15

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Insidious Chapter 2$41,050,000--3,049--$13,463$41,050,0001FilmDistrict
2The Family (2013)$14,500,000--3,091--$4,691$14,500,0001Relativity Media
3Riddick$7,013,000-63%3,11710$2,250$31,279,3752Universal
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$5,582,000-34%3,239-91$1,723$100,041,1185Weinstein Company
5We're the Millers$5,415,000-30%3,238-207$1,672$131,602,0966Warner Bros. / New Line
6Planes$3,066,000-26%2,739-294$1,119$82,983,6566Disney
7One Direction: This Is Us$2,400,000-41%2,300-435$1,043$26,887,2023Sony / TriStar
8Elysium$2,050,000-35%1,720-521$1,192$88,387,6156Sony / TriStar
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,825,000-25%1,638-407$1,114$62,035,4396Fox
10The World's End$1,346,661-42%1,243-277$1,083$24,011,2774Focus
11Despicable Me 2$1,200,000-18%1,006-44$1,193$359,031,32011Universal
12The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$1,110,000-50%1,576-943$704$29,624,6064Sony / Screen Gems
13This Is The End$780,000-59%1,333-828$585$100,421,40214Sony / Columbia
14Getaway$678,000-69%1,378-757$492$9,974,8133Warner Bros.
15You're Next$603,000-62%1,110-792$543$17,979,9204Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$4,250,000-48%933216$4,555$26,580,6983Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Blue Jasmine$1,798,140-23%993-76$1,811$27,884,6948Sony Pictures Classics
32 Guns$867,000-38%908-257$955$73,445,4007Universal
4The Spectacular Now$769,90713%770355$1,000$5,802,6777A24
5The Wolverine$565,000-25%540-158$1,046$130,225,8648Fox
6The Grandmaster$465,000-55%705-99$660$5,822,5004Weinstein Company
7Austenland$381,191127%274216$1,391$1,188,6275Sony Pictures Classics
8Monsters University$373,000-17%382-214$976$265,465,05413Disney
9In a World...$308,71910%14442$2,144$2,079,6696Roadside Attractions
10World War Z$305,000-30%280-94$1,089$201,823,83313Paramount
11The Way, Way Back$290,000-37%421-129$689$20,850,13711Fox Searchlight
12Kick-Ass 2$247,000-61%343-319$720$28,553,4005Universal
13The Ultimate Life$244,000-63%4120$592$1,073,4632High Top Releasing
14Closed Circuit$209,313-78%413-457$507$5,588,0133Focus
15Jobs$186,000-55%239-263$778$15,876,0265Open Road
16Red 2$140,000-14%209-41$670$52,638,1649Lionsgate / Summit
17R.I.P.D.$133,000-17%164-17$811$33,460,1209Universal
18Now You See Me$127,000-35%171-34$743$117,575,42416Lionsgate / Summit
19Fruitvale Station$73,000-32%137-51$533$15,878,30810Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Short Term 12$163,22775%6236$2,633$519,6514Cinedigm
2Salinger$45,009-48%40$11,252$158,7262Weinstein Company
3Wadjda$40,491--3--$13,497$116,1581Sony Pictures Classics
4Afternoon Delight$34,593-39%3914$887$153,2463The Film Arcade
5Populaire$33,250112%1512$2,217$56,4772Weinstein Company
6The Attack$26,700-25%14-2$1,907$1,665,99113Cohen Media Group
7Mother of George$22,456--1--$22,456$22,4561Oscilloscope
8Blue Caprice$15,200--1--$15,200$15,2001IFC Films
9GMO OMG$15,121--1--$15,121$15,1211Submarine Deluxe
10Mademoiselle C$14,500--6--$2,417$17,3631Cohen Media Group
11You Will Be My Son$14,10090%62$2,350$116,9185Cohen Media Group
12Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve$13,720--3--$4,573$22,0252Liberty Street Films
13Jayne Mansfield's Car$7,400--11--$673$7,4001Anchor Bay Films
14Herb & Dorothy 50x50$6,500--1--$6,500$6,5001Fine Line Media
15Spark: A Burning Man Story$5,140--6--$857$115,5065Paladin / Film Buff
16Plush$3,320--10--$332$3,3201IM Global / Blumhouse