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, Feb. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$1,471,725-21%3,16524$465$78,083,3302Universal
2A Good Day to Die Hard$1,468,682-30%3,553--$413$40,453,8881Fox
3Safe Haven$1,260,265-23%3,223--$391$36,205,6811Relativity Media
4Escape From Planet Earth$860,024-34%3,288--$262$23,263,0981Weinstein Company
5Silver Linings Playbook$513,573-10%2,202-607$233$100,870,10214Weinstein Company
6Side Effects (2013)$493,057-22%2,6050$189$21,241,5032Open Road
7Warm Bodies$487,570-26%2,897-112$168$52,915,3553Lionsgate / Summit
8Beautiful Creatures (2013)$443,356-27%2,950--$150$12,535,1451Warner Bros.
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$260,353-22%2,103-1182$124$51,000,0904Paramount
10Zero Dark Thirty$254,711-3%1,527-1035$167$89,047,4009Sony / Columbia
11Mama$156,425-14%1,648-1029$95$68,899,6455Universal
12Lincoln$150,921-6%1,007-510$150$176,962,54615Disney / DreamWorks
13Django Unchained$146,363-9%1,017-485$144$157,656,7128Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$176,023-4%33389$529$7,560,4826Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$171,510-13%647-277$265$111,745,02313Fox
3Argo$171,309-12%903-502$190$127,654,18819Warner Bros.
4Les Miserables (2012)$94,640-10%676-771$140$145,963,8458Universal
5The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$73,468-17%605-396$121$300,322,89110Warner Bros. / New Line
6Wreck-It Ralph$61,689-9%506-251$122$185,965,66216Disney
7Parker$48,728-23%705-1299$69$17,197,3334FilmDistrict
8The Impossible$46,339-20%422-317$110$17,716,1949Lionsgate / Summit
9Parental Guidance$43,032-11%603-616$71$75,435,3438Fox
10Rise of The Guardians$32,726-17%33863$97$101,612,56113Paramount / DreamWorks
11Bullet to the Head$25,700-12%470-1934$55$9,333,7803Warner Bros.
12A Haunted House$23,658-6%340-573$70$39,640,1766Open Road
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$22,709-11%25494$89$291,887,11514Lionsgate / Summit
14Gangster Squad$19,444-23%210-732$93$45,436,2026Warner Bros.
15Stand Up Guys$12,630-15%119-551$106$3,214,9873Lionsgate / Roadside
16Jack Reacher$11,600-1%175-132$66$79,383,8519Paramount
17Broken City$9,293-19%133-622$70$19,525,4185Fox
18This is 40$8,350-9%167-111$50$67,467,0409Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$10,9599%86-44$127$6,051,75011Focus
2Top Gun 3D$10,026-4%40-260$251$3,006,5932Paramount
3To the Arctic 3D$7,965-25%520$153$11,320,97344Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Guilt Trip$6,4927%88-137$74$36,817,8849Paramount
5Born to Be Wild 3D$5,38125%300$179$22,011,85798Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Texas Chainsaw 3D$4,802-7%96-89$50$34,308,1737Lionsgate
7Anna Karenina (2012)$3,742-34%51-40$73$12,781,01814Focus
8ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$3,305-27%22-3$150$199,8492UTV Motion Pictures
9Hitchcock$2,448136%14-22$175$5,948,06313Fox Searchlight
10The Last Stand$2,035-22%54-185$38$11,968,8965Lionsgate
11Red Dawn (2012)$1,850-7%56-49$33$44,804,55213FilmDistrict
12The Sessions$1,80719%16-2$113$5,960,80118Fox Searchlight
13Movie 43$1,7654%35-742$50$8,785,4284Relativity Media
14A Late Quartet$1,5507%131$119$1,538,15416Entertainment One / RKO
15Race 2$1,001-59%11-52$91$1,575,0354UTV Motion Pictures
16Playing For Keeps (2012)$644-7%23-58$28$13,102,47811FilmDistrict
17Taken 2$361-20%16-19$23$139,853,78420Fox
18The Package (2013)$40-2%1--$40$1,3591Anchor Bay Films