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, Apr. 19 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oblivion (2013)$13,297,245--3,783--$3,515$13,297,2451Universal
242 (2013)$5,217,573169%3,250247$1,605$41,249,6742Warner Bros.
3The Croods$2,232,251208%3,435-254$650$147,629,9935Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Scary Movie 5$2,065,872294%3,4020$607$18,713,4642Weinstein / Dimension
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$1,546,211131%3,175-360$487$106,982,4774Paramount
6The Place Beyond the Pines$1,417,571291%1,5421028$919$8,142,6714Focus
7Evil Dead$1,361,136124%2,823-202$482$45,706,0863Sony / TriStar
8Olympus Has Fallen$1,243,077110%2,638-297$471$85,544,3295FilmDistrict
9Jurassic Park 3D$1,071,88593%2,330-448$460$35,542,9753Universal
10Oz: The Great and Powerful$764,634137%2,045-459$374$221,486,7427Disney
11Tyler Perry's Temptation$658,642133%1,405-400$469$47,322,8074Lionsgate
12The Host (2013)$308,11169%1,356-816$227$24,486,8644Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Filly Brown$676,688--188--$3,599$676,6881Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Lords of Salem$285,242--355--$803$285,2421Anchor Bay Films
3The Call$255,55062%977-653$262$49,477,6996Sony / TriStar
4Silver Linings Playbook$148,357282%867416$171$130,631,57223Weinstein Company
5Identity Thief$139,185253%480-84$290$132,330,39511Universal
6Trance$114,29743%4435$258$1,536,9083Fox Searchlight
7Admission$100,27933%485-424$207$17,211,0235Focus
8Side Effects (2013)$78,0131173%645592$121$31,580,84311Open Road
9The Sapphires$64,352164%11421$564$947,1105Weinstein Company
10Safe Haven$63,806316%32548$196$70,731,35810Relativity Media
11Jack the Giant Slayer$55,701151%255-76$218$63,106,8658Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$45,715278%265-9$173$22,228,2976Warner Bros. / New Line
13Life of Pi$42,23397%193-24$219$124,405,35222Fox
14Warm Bodies$42,186126%240-39$176$66,010,21512Lionsgate / Summit
15Quartet$38,65542%176-48$220$17,727,42015Weinstein Company
16Escape From Planet Earth$33,822204%240-36$141$54,738,81110Weinstein Company
17Spring Breakers$32,936-25%122-304$270$13,761,4636A24
18Girl Rising$28,70614%170--$169$779,5227Gathr Films
19A Good Day to Die Hard$25,81093%170-40$152$67,084,03010Fox
20Snitch (2013)$24,363132%161-54$151$42,055,7319Lionsgate / Summit
21Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$14,67071%112-42$131$55,635,18713Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Camp (2013)$22,588663%32--$706$203,5039Freestyle Releasing
2To the Arctic 3D$21,021104%520$404$12,172,97853Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Dark Skies$20,6431101%9166$227$17,245,7139Weinstein / Dimension
4From Up on Poppy Hill$18,76672%48-1$391$666,9536GKIDS
5Parental Guidance$15,028448%900$167$77,144,33117Fox
621 And Over$12,47983%50-57$250$25,478,7378Relativity Media
7Django Unchained$10,41436%77-49$135$162,732,06117Weinstein Company
8Born to Be Wild 3D$7,677-11%300$256$22,484,529107Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Starbuck$7,490151%29-3$258$3,678,3255eOne Films US
10Emperor$6,469-17%64-32$101$3,254,6667Roadside Attractions
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$6,158186%51-4$121$302,988,57019Warner Bros. / New Line
12Not Today$6,1581%20-21$308$125,2442Freestyle Releasing
13Argo$5,27632%43-129$123$136,007,85028Warner Bros.
14Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$2,965--1--$2,965$2,9651Rialto Pictures
15Stoker$2,93754%28-2$105$1,683,6908Fox Searchlight
16Pawn$1,438--1--$1,438$1,4381Anchor Bay Films
17Settai$1,092100%2-13$546$81,3813UTV Motion Pictures
18Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$625-84%2-11$313$122,1053CodeBlack Films
19Kai Po Che$1841740%21$92$1,121,0809UTV Motion Pictures