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. 24 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conjuring$4,517,407-19%2,903--$1,556$57,512,2491Warner Bros. / New Line
2Despicable Me 2$3,361,405-23%3,820-71$880$287,179,7003Universal
3Turbo$2,604,547-26%3,806255$684$39,854,1161Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Grown Ups 2$2,431,053-25%3,4910$696$87,809,5122Sony / Columbia
5Pacific Rim$1,902,467-23%3,28510$579$74,715,6272Warner Bros.
6Red 2$1,768,764-25%3,016--$586$24,077,2281Lionsgate / Summit
7R.I.P.D.$1,311,920-28%2,852--$460$17,283,1351Universal
8The Heat$1,227,300-16%2,689-306$456$133,169,9794Fox
9Monsters University$837,117-19%2,186-652$383$251,777,3755Disney
10World War Z$695,384-21%2,066-937$337$189,224,4285Paramount
11The Lone Ranger$569,085-16%2,273-1159$250$83,106,8013Disney
12White House Down$307,639-16%1,454-1112$212$69,430,1204Sony / Columbia
13Man of Steel$252,156-21%1,050-1100$240$285,827,0106Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$251,654-10%304225$828$5,362,2133Fox Searchlight
2Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$180,419-20%748-144$241$30,583,4073Lionsgate / Summit
3This Is The End$161,752-20%622-772$260$94,967,3456Sony / Columbia
4Girl Most Likely$82,142-6%351--$234$946,4951Roadside Attractions
5Now You See Me$75,591-7%333-517$227$114,629,8508Lionsgate / Summit
6Epic$71,229-11%319-17$223$105,808,3089Fox
7Star Trek Into Darkness$58,095-8%250-153$232$225,297,50710Paramount
8The Great Gatsby (2013)$56,034-11%302177$186$143,834,05311Warner Bros.
9Fast & Furious 6$46,035-8%279-43$165$237,260,7259Universal
10The Croods$43,592-6%212-20$206$186,163,26518Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11The Internship$34,039-11%2024$169$43,687,5537Fox
12The Purge$20,280-7%156-4$130$64,129,1507Universal
13The Hangover Part III$16,154-8%202-63$80$111,933,6049Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fruitvale Station$84,5020%3427$2,485$1,592,1922Weinstein Company
2Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$23,3831%95-43$246$3,897,9247Roadside Attractions
3Unfinished Song$20,671-7%88-3$235$1,131,6855Weinstein Company
4Mud$13,066-5%77-36$170$21,280,52613Roadside Attractions
5The Bling Ring$12,469-2%38-59$328$5,664,5876A24
6The Kings of Summer$5,824-16%35-21$166$1,308,7618CBS Films
7Stories We Tell$4,536-16%22-6$206$1,530,40311Roadside Attractions
8Pain and Gain$4,420-1%70-80$63$49,749,07113Paramount
942 (2013)$4,331-10%85-20$51$95,015,10215Warner Bros.
10The East$4,133-9%31-36$133$2,221,3868Fox Searchlight
11Copperhead$3,3141%3631$92$155,1584Brainstorm Media
12Kon-Tiki$1,5535%9-12$173$1,471,37013Weinstein Company
13Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$780104%42$195$518,20212eOne Films US
14The Sapphires$7089%10-5$71$2,450,21918Weinstein Company
15Escape From Planet Earth$39159%7-48$56$57,012,67823Weinstein Company
16Scary Movie 5$38717%8-25$48$32,015,38615Weinstein / Dimension
17Not Today$6350%10$63$318,05415Freestyle Releasing