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 Wed, Jan. 16 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$1,847,754-24%2,9372877$629$36,514,0094Sony / Columbia
2Gangster Squad$1,355,261-28%3,103--$437$21,818,0471Warner Bros.
3Django Unchained$1,076,062-23%3,0122$357$129,072,6033Weinstein Company
4Les Miserables (2012)$878,555-22%2,92723$300$121,606,7453Universal
5A Haunted House$777,002-20%2,160--$360$20,831,1481Open Road
6The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$638,323-22%3,012-743$212$280,327,3935Warner Bros. / New Line
7Lincoln$590,361-18%2,027126$291$154,532,27510Disney / DreamWorks
8Jack Reacher$359,981-22%2,707-581$133$73,805,1414Paramount
9This is 40$336,385-22%2,320-611$145$62,544,4754Universal
10Parental Guidance$320,959-24%2,957-411$109$61,680,1223Fox
11Texas Chainsaw 3D$295,371-26%2,6595$111$31,922,5722Lionsgate
12The Guilt Trip$147,116-21%1,606-706$92$34,931,9944Paramount
13Promised Land (2012)$127,953-17%1,647-29$78$7,278,4723Focus
14Monsters, Inc. 3D$84,714-10%1,127-976$75$30,846,6694Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$648,608-14%81065$801$43,305,6329Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$236,065-28%757-208$312$95,598,9178Fox
3Argo$207,495-13%621319$334$112,315,08614Warner Bros.
4The Impossible$199,620-20%808236$247$7,492,8714Lionsgate / Summit
5Skyfall$126,801-22%823-484$154$299,754,72910Sony / Columbia
6Hyde Park on Hudson$62,618-5%24624$255$4,376,0636Focus
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$49,094-11%542-283$91$290,330,2689Lionsgate / Summit
8Rise of The Guardians$43,066-10%905-602$48$98,889,6628Paramount / DreamWorks
9Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$42,850-17%430-387$100$11,904,3174Paramount
10Wreck-It Ralph$31,065-3%476-233$65$179,474,83811Disney
11Anna Karenina (2012)$29,894-11%144-19$208$12,038,9399Focus
12Flight$14,715-20%150-100$98$92,788,96311Paramount
13Hitchcock$13,436-6%1279$106$5,691,7438Fox Searchlight
14Taken 2$12,273-3%190-23$65$139,536,33815Fox
15Cloud Atlas$8,568-12%1627$53$27,054,60512Warner Bros.
16Red Dawn (2012)$8,560-14%225-27$38$44,063,3848FilmDistrict
17Pitch Perfect$6,8950%154-11$45$64,820,34316Universal
18The Perks of Being A Wallflower$6,6144%1002$66$17,600,93817Lionsgate / Summit
19Not Fade Away$5,879-8%177-388$33$591,9284Paramount Vantage
20End of Watch$4,9932%111-29$45$40,998,02917Open Road
21Playing For Keeps (2012)$3,047-23%107-32$28$12,913,7596FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$7,148-2%5413$132$5,742,39113Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$6,588-2%520$127$10,778,99439Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Quartet$5,597-13%2--$2,799$65,6391Weinstein Company
4The Master$5,3345%164$333$16,022,45118Weinstein Company
5A Late Quartet$4,20716%17-6$247$1,420,84711Entertainment One / RKO
6Killing Them Softly$2,5712%31-20$83$14,945,5417Weinstein Company
7Born to Be Wild 3D$2,105-53%300$70$21,738,34893Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,70511%48-5$36$161,244,69627Fox
9The Intouchables$1,67119%121$139$13,183,95234Weinstein Company
10Arbitrage$238-41%40$60$7,919,17618Roadside Attractions