'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

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Dec. 6 - Sun, Dec. 8

Wide (1000+)

1Frozen (2013)$31,616,230-53%3,7420$8,449$134,253,6663Disney
2The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$26,185,886-65%4,1630$6,290$335,850,8423Lionsgate
3Out of the Furnace$5,220,288--2,101--$2,485$5,247,3641Relativity Media
4Thor: The Dark World$4,811,545-57%3,074-212$1,565$193,711,1875Disney
5Delivery Man$3,742,544-45%2,905-131$1,288$24,767,3263Disney / DreamWorks
6Homefront$3,428,440-50%2,5700$1,334$15,328,8302Open Road
7The Book Thief$2,625,623-46%1,31682$1,995$12,000,6785Fox
8The Best Man Holiday$2,609,890-68%1,577-140$1,655$67,175,5054Universal
9Last Vegas$1,265,334-53%1,539-315$822$60,586,9426CBS Films
1012 Years a Slave$1,146,959-50%1,082-83$1,060$35,019,0798Fox Searchlight
11Black Nativity$1,026,757-72%1,5259$673$6,404,7602Fox Searchlight
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$820,378-54%1,157-346$709$100,020,9137Paramount
13Free Birds$342,419-81%1,202-1085$285$53,789,3456Relativity Media
14Lee Daniels' The Butler$265,019529%1,007936$263$115,922,17517Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

1Philomena$2,195,341-40%8350$2,629$8,167,9763Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$1,505,669-40%73438$2,051$12,453,9936Focus
3Gravity$1,211,279-53%900-116$1,346$251,486,53310Warner Bros.
4Nebraska$521,279-29%11311$4,613$2,238,7574Paramount Vantage
5Captain Phillips$510,201-56%640-167$797$103,500,5789Sony / Columbia
6Ender's Game$483,974-60%608-235$796$60,119,7156Lionsgate / Summit
7Oldboy (2013)$301,455-66%5830$517$1,956,6712FilmDistrict
8About Time$220,780-41%266-65$830$15,001,3786Universal
9The Christmas Candle$171,709-56%306-46$561$1,909,6424EchoLight Studios
10Despicable Me 2$171,360-50%252-19$680$367,157,95523Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$163,130-58%312-395$523$115,269,29511Sony / Columbia
12All Is Lost$106,529-45%147-7$725$5,486,1698Roadside Attractions
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$54,795-49%140-23$391$68,316,15818Fox
14Don Jon$51,760134%12599$414$24,360,78911Relativity Media
15Insidious Chapter 2$49,099-45%122-18$402$83,529,39213FilmDistrict
16Ram-Leela$40,249-76%2040$197$2,674,1344Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1Inside Llewyn Davis$405,411--4--$101,353$405,4111CBS Films
2R... Rajkumar$124,669--91--$1,370$124,6691Eros International
3The Great Beauty$89,819-32%307$2,994$396,9434Janus Films
4Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$75,394-11%40$18,849$181,1102Weinstein Company
5Blue Is the Warmest Color$75,205-34%78-16$964$1,784,6327IFC Films
6Narco Cultura$66,4932846%4645$1,446$81,9003Cinedigm
7Enough Said$64,855-47%94-27$690$17,292,84112Fox Searchlight
8Escape Plan$37,169-22%81-60$459$24,610,1448Lionsgate / Summit
9Kill Your Darlings$36,720-46%72-2$510$827,5518Sony Pictures Classics
10The Armstrong Lie$36,35013%7746$472$243,9875Sony Pictures Classics
11Instructions Not Included$35,285-46%46-22$767$44,456,50915Lionsgate / Pantelion
12The Family (2013)$28,369-47%96-34$296$36,858,97813Relativity Media
13Blue Jasmine$27,360-27%352$782$32,785,74720Sony Pictures Classics
14Hubble 3D$24,896-49%121$2,075$41,483,483195Warner Bros. / IMAX
15The Punk Singer$24,566-1%1613$1,535$61,9592IFC Films
16Bettie Page Reveals All$23,631183%2119$1,125$42,1713Music Box Films
17The Counselor$23,251-23%71-7$327$16,894,1277Fox
18Space Station 3D$16,537-39%51$3,307$89,539,722608IMAX
19Monsters University$16,400-57%75-22$219$268,472,40825Disney
20The Saratov Approach$16,046-62%270$594$1,444,9199Purdie Distribution
21Twice Born$14,947--10--$1,495$14,9471eOne Films US
22Inequality for All$12,711456%145$908$1,181,55811RADiUS-TWC
23Baggage Claim$12,574-37%420$299$21,549,73711Fox Searchlight
24Turbo$12,016-49%35-4$343$83,024,90021Fox / DreamWorks Animation
25Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?$11,401-34%82$1,425$78,3483IFC Films
26Wadjda$9,859-31%16-5$616$1,355,31713Sony Pictures Classics
27Spinning Plates$8,563--6--$1,427$99,1277The Film Arcade
28Sweet Dreams (2013)$7,975526%75$1,139$17,4726International Film Circuit
29Muscle Shoals$6,562-49%13-7$505$647,19711Magnolia Pictures
30To the Arctic 3D$5,91810%101$592$13,691,49886Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Singh Saab the Great$5,758-81%540$107$223,6603Eros International
32The Heat$5,6350%18-7$313$159,578,35224Fox
33The Last Days on Mars$4,608--3--$1,536$4,6081Magnolia / Magnet
34Cousin Jules (2013 re-issue)$4,284-17%10$4,284$14,2382Cinema Guild
35Let the Fire Burn$4,2702272%32$1,423$53,39810Zeitgeist Films
36Austenland$3,199-61%11-5$291$2,144,01117Sony Pictures Classics
37Journey to the South Pacific$3,196-61%10$3,196$14,7832IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
38Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$2,933-94%6-50$489$341,4043Reliance Entertainment
39Paradise: Hope$2,664--1--$2,664$2,6641Strand Releasing
4020 Feet from Stardom$2,592-1%104$259$4,779,60826RADiUS-TWC
41A Touch of Sin$2,53042%32$843$99,66510Kino Lorber
42Born to Be Wild 3D$2,2467%61$374$23,109,181140Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Runner Runner$2,131-55%16-7$133$19,316,64610Fox
44The Ghosts in Our Machine$1,962--1--$1,962$20,3445Ghosts Media Inc.
45Under the Sea 3D$1,881-37%62$314$33,682,283252Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Deep Sea 3D$1,626-70%1-3$1,626$45,994,071406Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Breakfast with Curtis$1,601--1--$1,601$2,3751Abramorama / Bond 360
48I Am Divine$1,396-56%3-2$465$49,3009The Film Collaborative
49When Comedy Went to School$1,089-19%3-1$363$229,00919International Film Circuit
50Faust$1,041-62%32$347$34,3764Leisure Time Features
51The Pervert's Guide to Ideology$948-50%1-1$948$49,8986Zeitgeist Films
52Rising From Ashes$919--1--$919$37,67319First Run Features
53Museum Hours$86117%20$431$548,69924Cinema Guild
54Short Term 12$859-82%4-2$215$1,006,28416Cinedigm
55Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$673--1--$673$42,89236Cinema Guild
56La Maison de la Radio$563--1--$563$8,06014Kino Lorber
57Caught in the Web$313-13%21$157$1,0672levelFILM / Vitagraph