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

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, Dec. 8 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$5,018,91361%3,401-62$1,476$258,761,0895Sony / Columbia
2Rise of The Guardians$4,905,613113%3,639-33$1,348$58,576,9293Paramount / DreamWorks
3Lincoln$4,060,83059%2,014-4$2,016$94,837,7635Disney / DreamWorks
4The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$3,969,97740%3,646-362$1,089$266,338,4454Lionsgate / Summit
5Life of Pi$3,680,72763%2,94618$1,249$58,552,3053Fox
6Playing For Keeps (2012)$2,348,42510%2,837--$828$4,476,2841FilmDistrict
7Wreck-It Ralph$2,343,764108%2,746-341$854$163,015,3606Disney
8Red Dawn (2012)$1,906,41147%2,754-27$692$36,210,5543FilmDistrict
9Flight$1,422,00557%2,431-172$585$85,402,1916Paramount
10Killing Them Softly$1,169,80232%2,4240$483$11,077,8252Weinstein Company
11The Collection$594,01723%1,4030$423$5,044,3412LD Entertainment
12End of Watch$308,72138%1,2491225$247$39,770,57512Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$971,15651%3710$2,618$13,407,2644Weinstein Company
2Argo$696,97367%944-99$738$102,791,9709Warner Bros.
3Anna Karenina (2012)$653,96350%42238$1,550$6,147,4704Focus
4Hitchcock$317,03760%181131$1,752$1,463,7293Fox Searchlight
5Talaash$216,64862%162-12$1,337$2,300,9612Reliance Entertainment
6Taken 2$174,64349%430-66$406$137,605,23310Fox
7Pitch Perfect$141,25540%387-16$365$63,453,55311Universal
8The Sessions$99,47962%197-29$505$4,890,3378Fox Searchlight
9Cloud Atlas$68,24843%191-3$357$26,394,1297Warner Bros.
10Here Comes the Boom$68,08862%234-100$291$42,522,9879Sony / Columbia
11The Perks of Being A Wallflower$59,26037%175-14$339$16,822,55112Lionsgate / Summit
12Looper$57,24839%232-48$247$66,109,17711Sony / TriStar
13Alex Cross$51,81758%214100$242$25,587,8658Lionsgate / Summit
14Hotel Transylvania$48,19095%196-52$246$143,796,68011Sony / Columbia
15The Man With the Iron Fists$34,39041%1817$190$15,494,9106Universal
16Seven Psychopaths$29,45830%141-21$209$14,884,9699CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$53,10886%171$3,124$282,5543Warner Bros.
2Hyde Park on Hudson$35,02550%4--$8,756$58,3961Focus
3A Late Quartet$34,025101%63-11$540$973,3066Entertainment One / RKO
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$29,587203%90-12$329$160,936,23322Fox
5ParaNorman$17,635105%81-23$218$55,912,67417Focus
6To the Arctic 3D$16,11316%520$310$10,117,32134Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Sinister$15,46638%77-11$201$47,813,9489Lionsgate / Summit
8Fun Size$12,56186%80-36$157$9,393,0647Paramount
9Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$11,92459%76-48$157$17,499,9867Open Road
10Chasing Mavericks$11,64336%67-12$174$5,867,8377Fox
11The Dark Knight Rises$11,36660%62-18$183$448,124,78621Warner Bros.
12House at the End of the Street$11,16666%68-40$164$31,582,58412Relativity Media
13Hecho en Mexico$9,45034%2614$363$109,9682Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$8,552145%47-5$182$48,978,99719Fox
15Trouble with the Curve$8,50127%71-29$120$35,750,19112Warner Bros.
16Born to Be Wild 3D$7,866-15%300$262$21,468,97988Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Paranormal Activity 4$7,70223%48-22$160$53,741,4798Paramount
18Arbitrage$6,63432%25-10$265$7,873,51513Roadside Attractions
19The Master$4,41336%230$192$15,891,31913Weinstein Company
20This Must Be the Place$2,02690%5-2$405$134,8906Weinstein Company
21The Intouchables$1,52881%12-7$127$13,048,53729Weinstein Company
22The Rabbi's Cat$1,40533%1--$1,405$2,4631GKIDS
23Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$542%2--$27$83,79410Roadside Attractions