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 Sat, May. 18 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Star Trek Into Darkness$26,947,82225%3,868--$6,967$62,107,2461Paramount
2Iron Man 3$15,425,97862%4,237-16$3,641$326,831,9763Disney
3The Great Gatsby (2013)$9,455,57424%3,55015$2,664$83,815,4522Warner Bros.
4The Croods$1,357,010121%2,373-277$572$175,972,6079Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Pain and Gain$1,327,10549%2,429-874$546$45,694,9354Paramount
642 (2013)$1,229,16760%2,380-550$516$88,002,4636Warner Bros.
7Oblivion (2013)$1,016,95058%2,077-693$490$84,912,7605Universal
8Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$979,04557%2,0410$480$7,308,9552Lionsgate
9The Big Wedding$509,04057%1,443-855$353$19,930,9134Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$963,69060%960108$1,004$10,995,0224Roadside Attractions
2Oz: The Great and Powerful$404,36563%535-239$756$231,132,39711Disney
3G.I. Joe: Retaliation$269,45961%409-341$659$120,379,1768Paramount
4Olympus Has Fallen$189,19270%466-370$406$97,203,4409FilmDistrict
5Scary Movie 5$184,87262%508-499$364$31,085,3266Weinstein / Dimension
6Jurassic Park 3D$145,52079%428-225$340$45,186,2607Universal
7The Place Beyond the Pines$124,28155%317-352$392$20,525,6598Focus
8Jack the Giant Slayer$104,50786%250-31$418$64,718,42812Warner Bros. / New Line
9Escape From Planet Earth$102,651111%693439$148$55,519,13214Weinstein Company
10Identity Thief$93,99066%241-38$390$133,925,27515Universal
11The Call$81,53862%229108$356$51,235,94810Sony / TriStar
12Evil Dead$52,80739%208-235$254$53,968,8897Sony / TriStar
13The Host (2013)$50,84349%231-70$220$26,514,7438Open Road
14Snitch (2013)$47,71497%153-35$312$42,800,37013Lionsgate / Summit
15The Sapphires$44,84271%102-16$440$1,961,8809Weinstein Company
16Tyler Perry's Temptation$41,27370%150-128$275$51,825,9148Lionsgate
17Silver Linings Playbook$20,50344%131-192$157$132,016,42927Weinstein Company
18Admission$19,45540%129-27$151$17,941,8679Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$66,73668%6139$1,094$369,1424Weinstein Company
2Stories We Tell$60,46892%2321$2,629$135,5442Roadside Attractions
3Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$18,22361%241$759$169,5433eOne Films US
4To the Arctic 3D$15,227-38%520$293$12,525,37457Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Life of Pi$13,01857%51-19$255$124,854,68626Fox
6Safe Haven$12,12239%90-34$135$71,318,42514Relativity Media
7Filly Brown$9,57752%39-53$246$2,759,3225Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Quartet$8,96557%42-17$213$18,189,21319Weinstein Company
9From Up on Poppy Hill$8,41994%36-1$234$922,00510GKIDS
10Dark Skies$7,39270%323$231$17,406,39513Weinstein / Dimension
11Not Today$6,57866%61$1,096$173,0086Freestyle Releasing
12A Good Day to Die Hard$5,78771%31-19$187$67,339,86314Fox
13Trance$5,65066%23-17$246$2,291,6637Fox Searchlight
14Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$4,77393%25-18$191$163,6553Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Born to Be Wild 3D$4,007-60%300$134$22,649,528111Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Spring Breakers$3,62531%11-5$330$14,046,06810A24
17Starbuck$2,96439%90$329$3,788,2169eOne Films US
18Hating Breitbart (PG-13)$2,66846%15--$178$4,5001Freestyle Releasing
19No One Lives$2,53053%12-41$211$70,1952Anchor Bay Films
20Emperor$1,64040%7-3$234$3,324,86111Roadside Attractions
21The Painting (2013)$670112%10$670$5,4982GKIDS
22Camp (2013)$421-3%2-1$211$316,23813Freestyle Releasing