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. 15 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$27,739,815-25%4,045--$6,858$64,865,3621Warner Bros. / New Line
2Rise of The Guardians$3,406,316124%3,387-252$1,006$68,872,0804Paramount / DreamWorks
3Lincoln$3,211,24066%2,285271$1,405$105,802,9786Disney / DreamWorks
4Skyfall$3,044,05667%2,924-477$1,041$270,229,9386Sony / Columbia
5Life of Pi$2,381,21471%2,548-398$935$67,929,5264Fox
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$2,256,23652%3,042-604$742$275,431,1125Lionsgate / Summit
7Wreck-It Ralph$1,544,383124%2,249-497$687$167,740,1177Disney
8Playing For Keeps (2012)$1,360,67735%2,8403$479$9,963,0482FilmDistrict
9Red Dawn (2012)$1,096,79557%2,250-504$487$40,289,4634FilmDistrict
10Flight$872,84366%1,823-608$479$88,908,2587Paramount
11Killing Them Softly$423,99143%1,427-997$297$13,853,3073Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$932,09160%3710$2,512$16,385,4915Weinstein Company
2Argo$541,82378%667-277$812$104,631,05110Warner Bros.
3Hitchcock$486,78261%561380$868$2,753,8154Fox Searchlight
4Anna Karenina (2012)$423,81551%409-13$1,036$8,063,1465Focus
5The Collection$226,05339%621-782$364$6,380,7803LD Entertainment
6Taken 2$133,52964%339-91$394$138,058,80911Fox
7Pitch Perfect$107,90044%332-55$325$63,806,34312Universal
8Talaash$76,09663%113-49$673$2,660,3313Reliance Entertainment
9The Sessions$66,20669%151-46$438$5,166,5179Fox Searchlight
10Looper$38,67355%190-42$204$66,279,08012Sony / TriStar
11Here Comes the Boom$38,26976%150-84$255$42,658,57010Sony / Columbia
12End of Watch$37,08341%172-1077$216$40,442,12413Open Road
13The Perks of Being A Wallflower$36,13639%125-50$289$16,982,72713Lionsgate / Summit
14Hotel Transylvania$35,744106%136-60$263$143,902,75812Sony / Columbia
15Alex Cross$34,49872%175-39$197$25,720,5899Lionsgate / Summit
16Sinister$34,16163%184107$186$47,895,23810Lionsgate / Summit
17Paranormal Activity 4$25,46882%157109$162$53,791,0629Paramount
18Seven Psychopaths$19,74648%100-41$197$14,977,38410CBS Films
19The Man With the Iron Fists$16,80060%105-76$160$15,596,4707Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$131,11866%3632$3,642$322,0222Focus
2The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$41,98757%14-3$2,999$426,2504Warner Bros.
3Cloud Atlas$34,10956%98-93$348$26,595,8738Warner Bros.
4A Late Quartet$23,48278%46-17$510$1,069,7077Entertainment One / RKO
5Ice Age: Continental Drift$23,033156%84-6$274$160,997,68123Fox
6To the Arctic 3D$14,2882%520$275$10,198,95235Warner Bros. / IMAX
7ParaNorman$13,786175%61-20$226$55,955,05618Focus
8The Intouchables$8,101114%2513$324$13,063,69930Weinstein Company
9Born to Be Wild 3D$7,88329%300$263$21,503,81489Warner Bros. / IMAX
10House at the End of the Street$5,44478%41-27$133$31,604,75213Relativity Media
11Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$5,43561%45-31$121$17,526,4378Open Road
12Hecho en Mexico$5,16266%10-16$516$140,0653Lionsgate / Pantelion
13The Master$3,94092%14-9$281$15,909,12714Weinstein Company
14Arbitrage$2,26323%10-15$226$7,888,29214Roadside Attractions
15This Must Be the Place$1,28748%3-2$429$141,3267Weinstein Company
16Let Fury Have the Hour$939-20%1--$939$2,1161CAVU Pictures