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 Wed, Jul. 17 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Turbo$5,552,403--3,551--$1,564$5,552,4030Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Despicable Me 2$5,233,395-24%3,891-106$1,345$246,099,5302Universal
3Grown Ups 2$4,145,979-21%3,491--$1,188$55,688,0151Sony / Columbia
4Pacific Rim$3,409,448-23%3,275--$1,041$49,168,2211Warner Bros.
5The Heat$1,920,418-12%2,995-189$641$118,230,4553Fox
6Monsters University$1,444,631-25%2,838-901$509$242,664,8214Disney
7The Lone Ranger$1,244,515-25%3,432-472$363$75,775,8282Disney
8World War Z$1,150,532-20%3,003-313$383$180,770,6044Paramount
9White House Down$803,847-13%2,566-656$313$65,454,7243Sony / Columbia
10Man of Steel$542,089-24%2,150-755$252$282,735,7425Warner Bros.
11This Is The End$406,667-16%1,394-710$292$92,955,4165Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$393,890-23%89216$442$27,542,7672Lionsgate / Summit
2Now You See Me$147,001-35%850-756$173$113,869,0357Lionsgate / Summit
3Star Trek Into Darkness$86,425-22%403-162$214$224,655,8099Paramount
4Epic$85,880-10%336-92$256$105,128,8778Fox
5Fast & Furious 6$61,180-22%322-295$190$236,739,4058Universal
6The Croods$49,482-12%232-37$213$185,778,84617Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$42,6033%138-32$309$3,643,1416Roadside Attractions
8After Earth$42,537-9%238-32$179$59,514,6297Sony / Columbia
9The Internship$33,728-8%198-181$170$43,322,6956Fox
10The Hangover Part III$29,832-2%265-73$113$111,740,7028Warner Bros.
11The Great Gatsby (2013)$26,367-20%125-60$211$143,303,07810Warner Bros.
12The Purge$24,805-8%160-96$155$63,912,5306Universal
13Mud$20,38811%1132$180$21,126,44112Roadside Attractions
1442 (2013)$10,150-1%105-77$97$94,957,46814Warner Bros.
15Pain and Gain$10,065-8%150-20$67$49,694,83712Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$138,5885%7960$1,754$2,257,5682Fox Searchlight
2Fruitvale Station$51,171-3%7--$7,310$543,5111Weinstein Company
3Unfinished Song$36,4548%9121$401$881,2014Weinstein Company
4The Bling Ring$25,675-8%97-62$265$5,535,0905A24
5Escape From Planet Earth$13,214-11%55-7$240$56,996,85922Weinstein Company
6Scary Movie 5$13,028-7%33-10$395$31,998,06614Weinstein / Dimension
7The East$12,282-1%67-35$183$2,161,2667Fox Searchlight
8The Kings of Summer$11,454-4%565$205$1,239,9147CBS Films
9Stories We Tell$3,02318%281$108$1,491,92710Roadside Attractions
10G.I. Joe: Retaliation$2,558-6%41-22$62$122,520,13716Paramount
11Kon-Tiki$2,459-42%21-3$117$1,454,66912Weinstein Company
12The Sapphires$2,02426%150$135$2,444,47717Weinstein Company
13Pawn Shop Chronicles$743-28%15--$50$7,3371Anchor Bay Films
14Copperhead$469-37%5-10$94$120,7603Brainstorm Media
15Revelation Road 2$28116%5--$56$4,5011Freestyle Releasing
16Not Today$152217%1-1$152$317,56414Freestyle Releasing
17Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$144-29%20$72$511,19111eOne Films US