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, Jun. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$3,556,99020%3,68628$965$177,529,4552Universal
2Now You See Me$3,517,75419%2,925--$1,203$35,835,2581Lionsgate / Summit
3After Earth$2,328,22113%3,401--$685$31,904,8231Sony / Columbia
4The Hangover Part III$1,910,02619%3,56510$536$92,060,0462Warner Bros.
5Star Trek Into Darkness$1,880,97215%3,585-322$525$185,050,5863Paramount
6Epic$1,721,40924%3,89412$442$68,483,9512Fox
7The Great Gatsby (2013)$947,44417%2,635-455$360$130,263,0204Warner Bros.
8Iron Man 3$880,32617%2,895-529$304$386,823,2925Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$139,97224%579-133$242$17,138,2216Roadside Attractions
2The Croods$82,12524%506-502$162$180,736,85511Fox / DreamWorks Animation
342 (2013)$58,18614%501-414$116$92,441,0658Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$46,50531%357-215$130$88,149,7007Universal
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$33,74317%286-60$118$121,651,16410Paramount
6Escape From Planet Earth$28,89121%268-78$108$56,375,24216Weinstein Company
7Pain and Gain$16,07620%207-796$78$49,085,0766Paramount
8Identity Thief$13,50029%150-37$90$134,479,17517Universal
9The Place Beyond the Pines$12,69518%103-25$123$21,159,10510Focus
10Olympus Has Fallen$12,35430%149-60$83$97,888,97611FilmDistrict
11The Big Wedding$11,65863%126-139$93$21,304,7756Lionsgate
12Jack the Giant Slayer$8,13720%143-42$57$65,126,22814Warner Bros. / New Line
13Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$6,97335%121-364$58$9,052,7944Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$16,56617%7410$224$927,9026Weinstein Company
2Stories We Tell$11,595-1%3913$297$924,7874Roadside Attractions
3The East$7,9115%4--$1,978$92,4501Fox Searchlight
4Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$7,43717%381$196$402,1225eOne Films US
5The Sapphires$6,87716%58-3$119$2,221,38211Weinstein Company
6To the Arctic 3D$6,54724%520$126$12,705,59159Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Born to Be Wild 3D$5,4326%300$181$22,734,777113Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Kings of Summer$5,392-10%4--$1,348$70,3411CBS Films
9We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$4,60418%117$419$82,0832Focus World
10Girl Rising$3,680167%30-33$123$1,349,40713Gathr Films
11Not Today$3,50437%1813$195$248,6598Freestyle Releasing
12Spring Breakers$2,81619%40-30$70$14,118,51912A24
13Scary Movie 5$1,869-6%51-120$37$31,415,2058Weinstein / Dimension
14From Up on Poppy Hill$1,260-1%12-12$105$985,48712GKIDS
15Quartet$1,244-22%17-13$73$18,264,89621Weinstein Company
16Silver Linings Playbook$1,10848%23-12$48$132,090,76629Weinstein Company
17Admission$1,045151%12-14$87$18,005,68611Focus
18Emperor$42886%6-2$71$3,342,72813Roadside Attractions
19A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$1068%10$106$18,0282Rialto Pictures
20The Painting (2013)$20--1-5$20$20,8554GKIDS