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 Mon, Jul. 29 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolverine$5,548,959-61%3,924--$1,414$58,662,7111Fox
2The Conjuring$2,904,987-55%3,022119$961$86,850,0042Warner Bros. / New Line
3Despicable Me 2$2,276,780-56%3,476-344$655$309,089,5004Universal
4Turbo$1,763,031-58%3,8093$463$57,946,2762Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Grown Ups 2$1,556,855-53%3,258-233$478$103,321,4373Sony / Columbia
6Red 2$1,037,207-62%3,0160$344$36,048,7602Lionsgate / Summit
7Pacific Rim$1,018,150-58%2,602-683$391$85,207,7153Warner Bros.
8R.I.P.D.$854,985-52%2,850-2$300$25,420,4902Universal
9The Heat$850,157-57%2,384-305$357$142,159,5655Fox
10Fruitvale Station$515,510-62%1,0641030$485$6,788,0453Weinstein Company
11Monsters University$443,922-53%1,470-716$302$255,910,9486Disney
12World War Z$387,574-55%1,440-626$269$193,047,8056Paramount
13The Lone Ranger$218,015-56%1,267-1006$172$85,539,4454Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$403,165-62%886582$455$9,480,4204Fox Searchlight
2The To Do List$234,174-48%591--$396$1,813,5761CBS Films
3White House Down$121,124-51%676-778$179$70,759,7415Sony / Columbia
4Man of Steel$104,562-54%501-549$209$286,912,0677Warner Bros.
5Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$83,952-57%498-250$169$31,565,3844Lionsgate / Summit
6This Is The End$75,915-53%270-352$281$95,693,7257Sony / Columbia
7Epic$49,536-46%289-30$171$106,239,52910Fox
8Now You See Me$43,626-48%215-118$203$115,024,3659Lionsgate / Summit
9Fast & Furious 6$42,720-54%267-12$160$237,657,62510Universal
10The Great Gatsby (2013)$42,709-45%271-31$158$144,198,12812Warner Bros.
11Star Trek Into Darkness$33,162-53%180-70$184$225,635,95811Paramount
12The Internship$29,575-49%197-5$150$43,952,7468Fox
13The Croods$27,355-47%194-18$141$186,411,13219Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Girl Most Likely$23,398-59%227-124$103$1,239,8642Roadside Attractions
15The Purge$17,270-52%1571$110$64,282,8908Universal
16The Hangover Part III$11,227-45%147-55$76$112,028,68110Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unfinished Song$11,502-66%82-6$140$1,278,1016Weinstein Company
2Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$10,507-57%77-18$136$4,007,2538Roadside Attractions
3Mud$9,173-58%73-4$126$21,381,69514Roadside Attractions
4The Bling Ring$5,966-68%34-4$175$5,732,4727A24
5Kon-Tiki$4,141-16%145$296$1,491,89714Weinstein Company
6The East$2,165-57%20-11$108$2,248,1639Fox Searchlight
7Pain and Gain$2,020-59%35-35$58$49,770,40714Paramount
8The Servant (2013 re-issue)$1,840-25%1--$1,840$9,6991Rialto Pictures
9Stories We Tell$862-54%14-8$62$1,539,82012Roadside Attractions
10Copperhead$431-50%2-34$216$161,9465Brainstorm Media