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, Sep. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Riddick$7,316,985--3,107--$2,355$7,316,9851Universal
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$2,369,438110%3,3300$712$85,370,8154Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$2,297,605188%3,4450$667$118,216,5095Warner Bros. / New Line
4One Direction: This Is Us$1,162,653171%2,7350$425$21,053,1632Sony / TriStar
5Elysium$892,751124%2,241-298$398$82,870,0185Sony / TriStar
6Planes$886,216147%3,033-226$292$75,890,4005Disney
7The World's End$703,189114%1,520-33$463$20,172,8063Focus
8Getaway$643,715170%2,1355$302$7,132,3942Warner Bros.
9The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$591,63186%2,519-599$235$26,235,8353Sony / Screen Gems
10This Is The End$587,3699532%2,1612127$272$97,533,45613Sony / Columbia
11Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$541,462183%2,045-348$265$57,889,2285Fox
12You're Next$484,90390%1,902-535$255$15,807,3943Lionsgate
132 Guns$419,385158%1,165-246$360$71,087,1706Universal
14Despicable Me 2$309,750168%1,050-234$295$356,408,56010Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$1,638,469193%717369$2,285$13,850,0732Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$293,27894%80455$365$4,221,7083Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$292,623123%8700$336$4,378,1372Focus
4The Ultimate Life$285,797--412--$694$285,7971High Top Releasing
5The Conjuring$219,695168%716-187$307$134,683,3538Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Spectacular Now$210,190131%41530$506$4,303,7046A24
7The Wolverine$208,422116%698-290$299$128,870,9617Fox
8Kick-Ass 2$191,98067%662-984$290$27,651,0154Universal
9The Smurfs 2$146,12644%949-417$154$67,421,3256Sony / Columbia
10The Way, Way Back$132,231182%550-104$240$20,082,15910Fox Searchlight
11World War Z$117,84649%374-873$315$201,038,38312Paramount
12Jobs$115,00323%502-800$229$15,230,1154Open Road
13The Heat$108,335230%350-43$310$157,640,32111Fox
14Grown Ups 2$100,762273%355-116$284$130,374,7849Sony / Columbia
15Monsters University$97,33312%596-1293$163$264,634,35012Disney
16Pacific Rim$93,714112%307-94$305$100,608,3089Warner Bros.
17Turbo$85,346175%358-80$238$80,270,0678Fox / DreamWorks Animation
18In a World...$80,825182%10211$792$1,469,0825Roadside Attractions
19Now You See Me$56,56085%205-34$276$117,248,81815Lionsgate / Summit
20Red 2$50,145147%250-11$201$52,329,8758Lionsgate / Summit
21R.I.P.D.$40,725219%1810$225$33,165,1708Universal
22White House Down$33,402--168-38$199$72,913,99311Sony / Columbia
23Fruitvale Station$32,23939%188-106$171$15,685,2829Weinstein Company
24Man of Steel$31,10883%201-83$155$290,835,76513Warner Bros.
25Paranoia$18,62652%178-214$105$7,153,9834Relativity Media
26Star Trek Into Darkness$16,686-75%106-852$157$228,713,16717Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salinger$29,633--4--$7,408$29,6331Weinstein Company
2Satyagraha$29,30794%79-4$371$599,4582UTV Motion Pictures
3Winnie Mandela$21,106--32--$660$21,1061RLJ / Image Entertainment
4Chennai Express$18,344153%53-40$346$5,173,1755UTV Motion Pictures
5Afternoon Delight$16,925--2523$677$55,5062The Film Arcade
6Epic$5,461180%56-24$98$107,463,60116Fox
7Passion$4,8411%13-1$372$60,4612eOne Films US
8Populaire$3,832--3--$1,277$3,8321Weinstein Company
9Unfinished Song$3,058356%214$146$1,639,57712Weinstein Company
10Contempt (2013 re-issue)$2,900--1--$2,900$2,9001Rialto Pictures
11Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,609104%196$85$4,273,70314Roadside Attractions
12Stories We Tell$1,205--95$134$1,587,04118Roadside Attractions
13Savannah$959234%50$192$27,6863Ketchup Entertainment
14The Servant (2013 re-issue)$377-28%1-1$377$35,7237Rialto Pictures
15Mud$192100%4-2$48$21,588,56820Roadside Attractions
16Underdogs (2013)$1146%10$114$34,4214Freestyle Releasing