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 Tue, Mar. 12 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$7,108,00012%3,912--$1,817$92,540,4691Disney
2Jack the Giant Slayer$1,256,15335%3,5250$356$45,813,8262Warner Bros. / New Line
3Identity Thief$780,52033%3,002-228$260$117,911,0155Universal
421 And Over$724,75926%2,7710$262$18,175,7522Relativity Media
5Dead Man Down$601,95822%2,188--$275$6,439,0831FilmDistrict
6Escape From Planet Earth$592,29040%2,549-561$232$48,859,0254Weinstein Company
7Snitch (2013)$566,05028%2,340-171$242$32,861,1663Lionsgate / Summit
8Safe Haven$493,28945%2,541-410$194$63,669,8334Relativity Media
9Silver Linings Playbook$426,64539%1,727-109$247$121,355,04317Weinstein Company
10A Good Day to Die Hard$286,25232%1,725-864$166$63,871,3314Fox
11The Last Exorcism Part II$283,29916%2,7000$105$12,657,4942CBS Films
12Dark Skies$150,20015%1,505-808$100$15,845,3543Weinstein / Dimension
13Warm Bodies$116,3198%1,052-878$111$63,799,7856Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$239,40749%67145$357$119,767,32116Fox
2Quartet$209,27555%715-10$293$13,589,8519Weinstein Company
3Emperor$118,99423%261--$456$1,229,6241Roadside Attractions
4Argo$118,27336%741-244$160$134,488,46722Warner Bros.
5Side Effects (2013)$114,36950%602-510$190$29,761,4915Open Road
6Zero Dark Thirty$73,66921%522-200$141$94,763,13312Sony / Columbia
7Django Unchained$60,49931%336-647$180$161,207,34411Weinstein Company
8The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$54,93619%337127$163$301,976,03413Warner Bros. / New Line
9Lincoln$53,01839%432-220$123$180,925,43618Disney / DreamWorks
10Les Miserables (2012)$41,47032%286-66$145$148,209,15011Universal
11Rise of The Guardians$40,12319%275-20$146$102,755,16916Paramount / DreamWorks
12Parental Guidance$30,31435%219-39$138$76,337,96611Fox
13Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$25,96832%225-376$115$54,539,1987Paramount
14Beautiful Creatures (2013)$21,58413%281-794$77$19,059,0274Warner Bros.
15Mama$17,0950%214-233$80$71,151,3908Universal
16Jack Reacher$16,0425%194-31$83$79,923,52512Paramount
17The Impossible$12,64335%114-37$111$18,508,48912Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$26,510-46%24--$1,105$301,1771Gathr Films
2To the Arctic 3D$19,255115%520$370$11,596,89747Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stoker$15,55545%1710$915$355,1212Fox Searchlight
4Born to Be Wild 3D$11,32548%300$378$22,142,456101Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Gangster Squad$8,16620%90-48$91$45,872,0729Warner Bros.
6Bless Me, Ultima$8,12117%52-131$156$1,402,1443Arenas Entertainment
7Kai Po Che$7,91885%71-33$112$1,025,9353UTV Motion Pictures
8Hyde Park on Hudson$7,49487%391$192$6,299,71414Focus
9The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$6,42845%56-12$115$246,5212Methinx Entertainment
10Movie 43$2,9252%6346$46$8,834,5637Relativity Media
11Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$2,56661%1--$2,566$11,0051Rialto Pictures
12Parker$2,47856%34-17$73$17,474,3657FilmDistrict
13Camp (2013)$1,839-3%42$460$36,0743Freestyle Releasing
14Bullet to the Head$1,68722%34-52$50$9,486,8916Warner Bros.
15Broken City$1,57632%24-45$66$19,668,9778Fox
16A Late Quartet$20953%71$30$1,561,92319Entertainment One / RKO
17The Sweeney$112167%1-10$112$26,4992eOne Films US
18Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1850%1--$18$97,34623Roadside Attractions