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 Sun, Jan. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Django Unchained$5,406,158-36%3,0100$1,796$106,280,1222Weinstein Company
2The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$4,744,023-38%3,755-345$1,263$263,834,8934Warner Bros. / New Line
3Les Miserables (2012)$4,167,240-39%2,90490$1,435$103,503,0402Universal
4Texas Chainsaw 3D$3,596,145-55%2,654--$1,355$21,744,4701Lionsgate
5Parental Guidance$2,295,950-46%3,3681$682$52,339,6982Fox
6Jack Reacher$2,215,656-45%3,288-64$674$64,697,2143Paramount
7This is 40$1,993,080-45%2,93117$680$54,255,1953Universal
8Lincoln$1,417,275-41%1,901-65$746$144,089,0469Disney / DreamWorks
9Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,128,699-34%2,103-515$537$27,981,5543Disney
10The Guilt Trip$1,064,539-44%2,312-119$460$31,111,8823Paramount
11Promised Land (2012)$954,691-47%1,6761651$570$4,395,4392Focus
12Rise of The Guardians$779,071-27%1,507-548$517$97,227,6677Paramount / DreamWorks
13Skyfall$704,431-48%1,307-330$539$296,804,3669Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$942,103-40%7450$1,265$34,676,7698Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$782,141-34%965-213$811$91,039,4887Fox
3The Impossible$776,662-35%572557$1,358$3,412,4133Lionsgate / Summit
4Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$369,708-33%817-23$453$10,878,3623Paramount
5Wreck-It Ralph$339,004-29%709-204$478$178,501,64010Disney
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$322,860-47%825-366$391$289,133,3568Lionsgate / Summit
7Hyde Park on Hudson$276,410-43%222138$1,245$3,209,8855Focus
8Argo$203,307-44%302-43$673$110,106,91913Warner Bros.
9Hotel Transylvania$125,542-37%267-34$470$146,172,36115Sony / Columbia
10Anna Karenina (2012)$103,147-35%163-55$633$11,537,7638Focus
11Not Fade Away$69,300-43%565546$123$416,8863Paramount Vantage
12Here Comes the Boom$68,416-44%243-9$282$44,101,00213Sony / Columbia
13Flight$61,127-47%250-150$245$92,488,36610Paramount
14Taken 2$52,332-43%213-19$246$139,284,76414Fox
15Hitchcock$40,506-40%118-231$343$5,488,8967Fox Searchlight
16Red Dawn (2012)$40,016-50%252-173$159$43,877,0437FilmDistrict
17Pitch Perfect$30,525-45%165-18$185$64,655,85815Universal
18Cloud Atlas$28,995-33%155110$187$26,903,24211Warner Bros.
19End of Watch$19,018-32%140-22$136$40,891,82016Open Road
20Playing For Keeps (2012)$11,334-51%139-129$82$12,851,5975FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$821,032-23%6055$13,684$4,406,1383Sony / Columbia
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$20,294-39%98-27$207$17,479,02816Lionsgate / Summit
3To the Arctic 3D$17,164-43%520$330$10,660,22338Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Sessions$15,871-41%41-39$387$5,632,02412Fox Searchlight
5A Late Quartet$11,107-35%23-14$483$1,356,84310Entertainment One / RKO
6Killing Them Softly$10,460-41%51-17$205$14,904,9816Weinstein Company
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$9,218-42%53-9$174$161,204,08226Fox
8Born to Be Wild 3D$7,955-40%300$265$21,692,01792Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Intouchables$4,982-20%110$453$13,160,89933Weinstein Company
10The Master$4,70511%12-1$392$15,979,86917Weinstein Company
11Talaash$1,983-30%8-8$248$2,870,3446Reliance Entertainment
12Arbitrage$573-48%4-3$143$7,915,82217Roadside Attractions
13Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$140-42%1--$140$86,81014Roadside Attractions