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, Jul. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$29,377,950-4%3,997--$7,350$119,412,7201Universal
2The Lone Ranger$10,698,0951%3,904--$2,740$40,810,5701Disney
3The Heat$9,296,4588%3,1843$2,920$79,385,2112Fox
4Monsters University$7,162,234-1%3,739-265$1,916$210,901,8793Disney
5World War Z$6,789,1176%3,316-291$2,047$153,757,8103Paramount
6White House Down$5,146,96312%3,2220$1,597$46,769,5392Sony / Columbia
7Man of Steel$4,259,3739%2,905-1226$1,466$267,939,7364Warner Bros.
8This Is The End$2,074,6682%2,104-606$986$83,914,6224Sony / Columbia
9Now You See Me$1,100,38014%1,606-958$685$109,710,5826Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$3,650,034-3%876--$4,167$14,765,6881Lionsgate / Summit
2Star Trek Into Darkness$510,93516%565-470$904$222,706,9168Paramount
3Fast & Furious 6$438,05515%617-933$710$235,232,6207Universal
4Iron Man 3$198,83111%294-246$676$406,307,65410Disney
5Epic$198,07612%428-346$463$103,906,6427Fox
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$184,28732%170-52$1,084$2,931,1015Roadside Attractions
7The Internship$173,2526%379-629$457$42,638,7965Fox
8After Earth$146,52716%270-61$543$58,777,5176Sony / Columbia
9The Croods$135,01417%269-38$502$185,032,92616Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10The Purge$133,12012%256-866$520$63,482,5655Universal
11The Hangover Part III$129,84112%33861$384$111,148,8747Warner Bros.
12The Bling Ring$114,3454%159-471$719$5,021,2054A24
13The Great Gatsby (2013)$109,67918%185-70$593$142,825,9799Warner Bros.
14The East$68,97937%102-83$676$1,920,1256Fox Searchlight
15Mud$65,06122%111-57$586$20,817,35811Roadside Attractions
1642 (2013)$47,89917%182-70$263$94,780,36913Warner Bros.
17Pain and Gain$43,64218%170144$257$49,519,36711Paramount
18Olympus Has Fallen$23,53719%110-55$214$98,877,55016FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$220,10725%19--$11,585$395,9701Fox Searchlight
2Unfinished Song$102,48649%7051$1,464$366,4603Weinstein Company
3The Kings of Summer$38,22124%513$749$1,057,0846CBS Films
4Stories We Tell$13,74135%274$509$1,429,4279Roadside Attractions
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$13,10118%63-55$208$122,466,32215Paramount
6Kon-Tiki$9,98730%24-10$416$1,399,32211Weinstein Company
7Scary Movie 5$6,95421%43-79$162$31,863,26113Weinstein / Dimension
8The Sapphires$5,63240%15-3$375$2,418,29816Weinstein Company
9Ghanchakkar$5,3597%30-59$179$198,8052UTV Motion Pictures
10Copperhead$4,058-45%15-44$271$106,3042Brainstorm Media
11Escape From Planet Earth$3,3777%62-39$54$56,882,78921Weinstein Company
12Redemption (2013)$1,64649%4-15$412$33,8992Roadside Attractions
13Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$8045%2-4$402$501,08810eOne Films US
14Made in Cleveland$405--1-2$405$10,6813Striped Entertainment
15Not Today$154-13%2-3$77$312,79513Freestyle Releasing
16Lost and Found in Armenia$140-32%20$70$120,3335High Top Releasing