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. 20 - Sun, Sep. 22

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Prisoners$21,430,000--3,260--$6,574$21,430,0001Warner Bros.
2Insidious Chapter 2$14,500,000-64%3,155106$4,596$60,855,2602FilmDistrict
3The Family (2013)$7,000,000-50%3,0910$2,265$25,640,5222Relativity Media
4Battle of the Year$5,000,000--2,008--$2,490$5,000,0001Sony / Screen Gems
5We're the Millers$4,670,000-14%3,003-235$1,555$138,176,2977Warner Bros. / New Line
6Lee Daniels' The Butler$4,304,000-22%2,931-308$1,468$106,452,1146Weinstein Company
7Riddick$3,672,000-46%3,022-95$1,215$37,180,2903Universal
8Planes$2,861,000-8%2,446-293$1,170$86,543,2937Disney
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,800,000-4%1,473-165$1,222$64,271,8117Fox
10Elysium$1,500,000-29%1,392-328$1,078$90,823,7097Sony / TriStar
11Despicable Me 2$1,375,0007%1,004-2$1,370$360,745,40012Universal
12One Direction: This Is Us$1,150,000-53%1,706-594$674$28,469,9904Sony / TriStar
13The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$680,000-40%1,047-529$649$30,684,5315Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$5,700,00017%97845$5,828$34,261,7254Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Wizard of Oz 3D$3,022,000--318--$9,503$3,022,0001Warner Bros.
3Blue Jasmine$1,380,107-15%847-146$1,629$29,773,6029Sony Pictures Classics
4The World's End$739,969-43%833-410$888$25,247,2825Focus
52 Guns$658,000-25%752-156$875$74,475,6658Universal
6Thanks for Sharing$607,670--269--$2,259$607,6701Roadside Attractions
7The Wolverine$460,000-19%462-78$996$130,886,8029Fox
8The Spectacular Now$425,996-40%571-199$746$6,445,0628A24
9Turbo$420,000-2%333-20$1,261$81,649,33510Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Monsters University$320,000-12%314-68$1,019$265,857,03014Disney
11Austenland$275,700-16%234-40$1,178$1,570,3546Sony Pictures Classics
12In a World...$257,800-11%1440$1,790$2,427,9977Roadside Attractions
13The Grandmaster$237,000-51%473-232$501$6,293,4175Weinstein Company
14You're Next$228,000-59%532-578$429$18,346,9095Lionsgate
15The Way, Way Back$220,000-24%324-97$679$21,172,61812Fox Searchlight
16World War Z$190,000-40%203-77$936$202,138,97114Paramount
17Salinger$182,000314%138134$1,319$357,8893Weinstein Company
18Red 2$106,000-18%178-31$596$52,779,05410Lionsgate / Summit
19R.I.P.D.$106,000-18%151-13$702$33,598,00010Universal
20The Ultimate Life$102,000-58%184-228$554$1,266,9123High Top Releasing
21Kick-Ass 2$98,000-61%201-142$488$28,749,2106Universal
22Jobs$84,000-56%152-87$553$16,046,2756Open Road
23Now You See Me$83,000-35%133-38$624$117,700,74917Lionsgate / Summit
24Fruitvale Station$44,000-42%103-34$427$15,962,68011Weinstein Company
25Closed Circuit$37,844-83%105-308$360$5,734,8054Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Generation Iron$245,000--55--$4,455$245,0001The Vladar Company
2Enough Said$240,000--4--$60,000$293,7341Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$200,000--5--$40,000$200,0001Universal
4Short Term 12$140,864-9%7512$1,878$714,1605Cinedigm
5Wadjda$72,70276%96$8,078$210,5302Sony Pictures Classics
6My Lucky Star$50,000--23--$2,174$50,0001China Lion Film
7The Short Game$30,600--17--$1,800$30,6001Phase 4 Films / Samuel Goldwyn
8Mother of George$30,000--5--$6,000$57,2372Oscilloscope
9Populaire$28,600-25%205$1,430$106,9653Weinstein Company
10Snake and Mongoose$20,83463%126$1,736$129,1677Rocky Mountain Pictures
11After Tiller$15,500--2--$7,750$15,5001Oscilloscope
12Haute Cuisine$15,319--3--$5,106$15,3191Weinstein Company
13GMO OMG$14,469--2--$7,235$30,7692Submarine Deluxe
14Afternoon Delight$6,636-80%12-27$553$176,0804The Film Arcade
15Jayne Mansfield's Car$1,500-84%6-5$250$13,9182Anchor Bay Films
16I Spit on Your Grave 2$346--1--$346$3461Anchor Bay Films