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, Jun. 28 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$14,416,58352%4,0040$3,601$139,242,0312Disney
2The Heat$13,718,456--3,181--$4,313$13,718,4561Fox
3White House Down$9,025,649--3,222--$2,801$9,025,6491Sony / Columbia
4World War Z$8,994,72660%3,6070$2,494$102,917,0202Paramount
5Man of Steel$6,008,58853%4,131-76$1,455$233,848,6943Warner Bros.
6This Is The End$2,602,95349%2,710-345$960$68,583,9623Sony / Columbia
7Now You See Me$1,676,61258%2,564-259$654$100,857,2035Lionsgate / Summit
8Fast & Furious 6$720,75045%1,550-867$465$231,623,5206Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$552,20439%1,035-530$534$219,013,0717Paramount
10The Internship$423,8837%1,008-908$421$40,703,9694Fox
11The Purge$403,9202%1,122-1079$360$61,966,6404Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$416,18099%540-384$771$404,448,2369Disney
2Epic$261,651-11%774-1220$338$102,451,1766Fox
3The Bling Ring$258,0086%630-20$410$3,771,3133A24
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$150,25849%22216$677$1,768,0064Roadside Attractions
5The Croods$143,18651%307-17$466$184,095,45615Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$110,67317%255-107$434$142,099,3498Warner Bros.
7The Hangover Part III$101,03126%277-253$365$110,461,4606Warner Bros.
8After Earth$92,440-22%331-835$279$58,016,5105Sony / Columbia
9The East$67,58359%185-10$365$1,452,6475Fox Searchlight
1042 (2013)$55,36320%252-73$220$94,435,79112Warner Bros.
11Mud$52,48844%168-45$312$20,417,41310Roadside Attractions
12Olympus Has Fallen$28,25051%165-12$171$98,696,10215FilmDistrict
13The Big Wedding$21,16055%101-40$210$21,696,81310Lionsgate
14G.I. Joe: Retaliation$20,76134%118-21$176$122,342,33214Paramount
15Scary Movie 5$19,07445%122-12$156$31,744,80912Weinstein / Dimension
16Escape From Planet Earth$9,4374%101-37$93$56,831,49620Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ghanchakkar$51,600--89--$580$51,6001UTV Motion Pictures
2The Kings of Summer$21,8554%48-17$455$862,4855CBS Films
3Unfinished Song$21,160552%1917$1,114$60,7272Weinstein Company
4Copperhead$18,922--59--$321$18,9221Brainstorm Media
5To the Arctic 3D$14,772105%520$284$12,903,71663Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Born to Be Wild 3D$8,04130%300$268$22,884,299117Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Stories We Tell$7,042-11%23-10$306$1,364,1838Roadside Attractions
8Kon-Tiki$6,896-17%34-19$203$1,341,53510Weinstein Company
9Redemption (2013)$5,304--19--$279$5,3041Roadside Attractions
10The Sapphires$4,56328%18-11$254$2,382,64715Weinstein Company
11Pain and Gain$2,965-16%26-24$114$49,352,15410Paramount
12Not Today$2,9231354%52$585$300,51012Freestyle Releasing
13Lost and Found in Armenia$2,2406%21$1,120$112,7334High Top Releasing
14Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$1,142--1--$1,142$28,81011Rialto Pictures
15Detention of the Dead$1,128--2--$564$1,1281Anchor Bay Films
16Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$97136%6-2$162$494,4419eOne Films US
17Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$400394%1-16$400$6,6722High Top Releasing
18Made in Cleveland$227-31%3-2$76$9,0252Striped Entertainment
19The Stroller Strategy$51--1--$51$3,0413Rialto Premieres