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 Thu, Apr. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oblivion (2013)$2,080,650-9%3,783--$550$47,287,5001Universal
242 (2013)$1,044,184-4%3,250247$321$58,354,3722Warner Bros.
3The Croods$428,312-1%3,435-254$125$156,424,7835Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4The Place Beyond the Pines$398,871-11%1,5421028$259$13,524,8714Focus
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$361,639-3%3,175-360$114$112,776,1434Paramount
6Olympus Has Fallen$342,118-11%2,638-297$130$90,308,4725FilmDistrict
7Evil Dead$313,198-6%2,823-202$111$49,867,7583Sony / TriStar
8Scary Movie 5$276,841-2%3,4020$81$24,036,9362Weinstein / Dimension
9Jurassic Park 3D$267,950-8%2,330-448$115$39,690,3753Universal
10Oz: The Great and Powerful$172,248-3%2,045-459$84$224,448,1397Disney
11Tyler Perry's Temptation$143,946-3%1,405-400$102$49,534,3234Lionsgate
12The Host (2013)$74,234-1%1,356-816$55$25,487,0864Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Call$66,829-12%977-653$68$50,403,6336Sony / TriStar
2Girl Rising$53,00256%170122$312$992,4577Gathr Films
3Filly Brown$51,140-11%188--$272$1,745,0911Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Silver Linings Playbook$45,199-8%867416$52$131,225,34223Weinstein Company
5The Lords of Salem$43,311-15%355--$122$855,2931Anchor Bay Films
6Trance$40,787-12%4435$92$2,006,7973Fox Searchlight
7Side Effects (2013)$30,568-16%645592$47$31,946,13311Open Road
8Admission$29,752-6%485-424$61$17,578,3015Focus
9Identity Thief$28,785-14%480-84$60$132,810,38011Universal
10The Sapphires$23,934-13%11421$210$1,236,1645Weinstein Company
11Quartet$22,72212%176-48$129$17,923,11415Weinstein Company
12Safe Haven$19,8612%32548$61$70,954,68810Relativity Media
13Life of Pi$15,145-2%193-24$78$124,586,21222Fox
14The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$13,809-6%265-9$52$22,398,5096Warner Bros. / New Line
15Jack the Giant Slayer$12,8386%255-76$50$63,313,1078Warner Bros. / New Line
16Warm Bodies$12,7904%240-39$53$66,166,78312Lionsgate / Summit
17Spring Breakers$11,532-19%122-304$95$13,889,7586A24
18A Good Day to Die Hard$8,307-5%170-40$49$67,187,37710Fox
19Escape From Planet Earth$8,171-37%240-36$34$54,888,54710Weinstein Company
20Snitch (2013)$6,286-4%161-54$39$42,138,8319Lionsgate / Summit
21Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$5,7065%112-42$51$55,703,47513Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$11,95526%520$230$12,239,88453Warner Bros. / IMAX
2From Up on Poppy Hill$6,7883%48-1$141$745,9116GKIDS
3The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$6,43646%31--$208$470,9068Methinx Entertainment
421 And Over$5,102-3%50-57$102$25,526,9818Relativity Media
5Dark Skies$5,013-14%9166$55$17,316,0459Weinstein / Dimension
6Born to Be Wild 3D$4,53927%300$151$22,507,246107Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Camp (2013)$3,891-17%3211$122$245,6769Freestyle Releasing
8Django Unchained$3,6094%77-49$47$162,774,77217Weinstein Company
9Emperor$3,4332%64-32$54$3,288,0297Roadside Attractions
10Parental Guidance$3,2011%900$36$77,197,70217Fox
11Starbuck$2,81314%29-3$97$3,706,7675eOne Films US
12Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$2,157-6%1--$2,157$18,4921Rialto Pictures
13Not Today$1,68218%20-21$84$144,8862Freestyle Releasing
14Argo$1,375-14%43-129$32$136,025,50328Warner Bros.
15Stoker$1,161-29%28-2$41$1,696,4458Fox Searchlight
16The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$80364%51-4$16$303,003,56819Warner Bros. / New Line
17Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$75673%2-11$378$126,4053CodeBlack Films
18Pawn$21455%1--$214$2,7921Anchor Bay Films
19Settai$108-50%2-13$54$85,4333UTV Motion Pictures
20Kai Po Che$20--21$10$1,121,9939UTV Motion Pictures