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 Fri, Feb. 22 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snitch (2013)$4,162,673--2,511--$1,658$4,162,6731Lionsgate / Summit
2Identity Thief$4,092,850169%3,22257$1,270$83,695,3803Universal
3Safe Haven$3,545,935182%3,2230$1,100$41,007,5782Relativity Media
4Dark Skies$3,094,178--2,313--$1,338$3,094,1781Weinstein / Dimension
5A Good Day to Die Hard$2,821,694109%3,5552$794$44,623,9582Fox
6Escape From Planet Earth$2,359,750172%3,35365$704$26,490,4122Weinstein Company
7Silver Linings Playbook$1,535,102177%2,012-190$763$102,960,24815Weinstein Company
8Warm Bodies$1,443,438187%2,644-253$546$54,861,4914Lionsgate / Summit
9Beautiful Creatures (2013)$1,047,323145%2,9500$355$14,009,5882Warner Bros.
10Side Effects (2013)$1,000,002100%2,070-535$483$22,742,5183Open Road
11Zero Dark Thirty$575,720120%1,197-330$481$89,884,71110Sony / Columbia
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$424,67563%1,425-678$298$51,685,2295Paramount
13Mama$337,525115%1,163-485$290$69,394,1956Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$479,475179%802-101$598$128,305,81220Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$362,429107%572-75$634$112,282,18914Fox
3Lincoln$353,976121%875-132$405$177,476,46616Disney / DreamWorks
4Quartet$319,481101%35623$897$8,038,5457Weinstein Company
5Django Unchained$262,85470%659-358$399$158,074,6299Weinstein Company
6Les Miserables (2012)$163,78067%462-214$355$146,225,6459Universal
7Wreck-It Ralph$147,216127%402-104$366$186,177,75717Disney
8Kai Po Che$139,527--110--$1,268$139,5271UTV Motion Pictures
9Bless Me, Ultima$138,848--263--$528$615,9681Arenas Entertainment
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$130,20565%388-217$336$300,532,10111Warner Bros. / New Line
11Rise of The Guardians$84,616146%305-33$277$101,731,56314Paramount / DreamWorks
12The Impossible$79,91569%273-149$293$17,843,39810Lionsgate / Summit
13Parental Guidance$78,07393%381-222$205$75,553,8569Fox
14The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$56,725143%223-31$254$291,967,15615Lionsgate / Summit
15A Haunted House$49,011128%302-38$162$39,710,7157Open Road
16Skyfall$44,572--184-78$242$304,065,78916Sony / Columbia
17Gangster Squad$41,126118%202-8$204$45,496,1897Warner Bros.
18The Guilt Trip$39,740543%18698$214$36,863,80410Paramount
19Parker$34,647-24%212-493$163$17,277,4175FilmDistrict
20Jack Reacher$23,02598%100-75$230$79,418,49710Paramount
21The Last Stand$15,221622%11460$134$11,986,2266Lionsgate
22Bullet to the Head$10,416-58%105-365$99$9,368,8684Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$20,12098%520$387$11,351,24045Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hyde Park on Hudson$17,14851%65-21$264$6,080,23312Focus
3This is 40$14,85077%96-71$155$67,490,26510Universal
4Broken City$14,52569%98-35$148$19,548,5436Fox
5Stand Up Guys$10,070-26%41-78$246$3,238,6994Lionsgate / Roadside
6Born to Be Wild 3D$6,89711%300$230$22,024,95099Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Camp (2013)$6,571--1--$6,571$6,5711Freestyle Releasing
8Anna Karenina (2012)$4,613-13%28-23$165$12,790,92315Focus
9Texas Chainsaw 3D$4,592-10%44-52$104$34,317,8868Lionsgate
10Hitchcock$4,168143%162$261$5,953,94814Fox Searchlight
11Movie 43$4,042127%21-14$192$8,791,2535Relativity Media
12ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$3,89229%9-13$432$206,7573UTV Motion Pictures
13The Sessions$2,58522%160$162$5,965,51119Fox Searchlight
14A Late Quartet$1,94164%7-6$277$1,541,27917Entertainment One / RKO
15Race 2$472-31%5-6$94$1,576,1955UTV Motion Pictures