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, Jun. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Now You See Me$3,061,4563%2,925--$1,047$41,874,0241Lionsgate / Summit
2Fast & Furious 6$2,836,4501%3,68628$770$183,185,6952Universal
3Epic$1,990,04026%3,89412$511$72,054,5562Fox
4Star Trek Into Darkness$1,758,7218%3,585-322$491$188,440,4393Paramount
5After Earth$1,732,184-1%3,401--$509$35,391,5691Sony / Columbia
6The Hangover Part III$1,415,498-7%3,56510$397$94,993,9562Warner Bros.
7Iron Man 3$898,08011%2,895-529$310$388,529,6655Disney
8The Great Gatsby (2013)$844,0141%2,635-455$320$131,945,1184Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$146,9643%579-133$254$17,427,4956Roadside Attractions
2The Croods$103,20123%506-502$204$180,924,03811Fox / DreamWorks Animation
342 (2013)$65,49221%501-414$131$92,560,7798Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$39,0954%357-215$110$88,226,4507Universal
5Escape From Planet Earth$37,74834%268-78$141$56,441,21116Weinstein Company
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$35,70511%286-60$125$121,719,02710Paramount
7Pain and Gain$14,994-4%207-796$72$49,115,7386Paramount
8Identity Thief$13,570-4%150-37$90$134,506,92017Universal
9Olympus Has Fallen$12,9498%149-60$87$97,913,86111FilmDistrict
10The Place Beyond the Pines$12,55312%103-25$122$21,182,83410Focus
11Jack the Giant Slayer$10,50429%143-42$73$65,144,84414Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Big Wedding$9,148-4%126-139$73$21,323,4156Lionsgate
13Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$4,894-20%121-364$40$9,063,8084Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$17,9572%7410$243$963,4836Weinstein Company
2Girl Rising$15,47011%30-33$516$1,378,85713Gathr Films
3Stories We Tell$12,5744%3913$322$949,4034Roadside Attractions
4Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$7,3854%381$194$416,6285eOne Films US
5The Sapphires$7,331-2%58-3$126$2,236,21011Weinstein Company
6The East$7,095-10%4--$1,774$107,4111Fox Searchlight
7To the Arctic 3D$6,104-16%520$117$12,718,96859Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Kings of Summer$5,6240%4--$1,406$81,6081CBS Films
9Born to Be Wild 3D$5,397-24%300$180$22,747,283113Warner Bros. / IMAX
10We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$5,2392%117$476$92,4502Focus World
11Not Today$3,412-8%1813$190$255,7978Freestyle Releasing
12Scary Movie 5$2,110-8%51-120$41$31,419,6068Weinstein / Dimension
13Spring Breakers$2,007-10%40-30$50$14,122,75012A24
14From Up on Poppy Hill$1,83345%12-12$153$988,58012GKIDS
15Quartet$1,4868%17-13$87$18,267,75621Weinstein Company
16Silver Linings Playbook$1,047-9%23-12$46$132,092,95829Weinstein Company
17Admission$721-21%12-14$60$18,007,31711Focus
18Emperor$69222%6-2$115$3,343,98513Roadside Attractions
19A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$14924%10$149$18,2972Rialto Pictures
20The Painting (2013)$124288%1-5$124$21,0114GKIDS