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, Sep. 7 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Riddick$7,208,240-1%3,107--$2,320$14,525,2251Universal
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,958,41367%3,3300$1,189$89,329,2284Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$3,620,02558%3,4450$1,051$121,836,5345Warner Bros. / New Line
4Planes$2,028,288129%3,033-226$669$77,918,6885Disney
5One Direction: This Is Us$1,875,13661%2,7350$686$22,928,2992Sony / TriStar
6Elysium$1,453,02663%2,241-298$648$84,323,0445Sony / TriStar
7Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,206,707123%2,045-348$590$59,095,9355Fox
8The World's End$1,044,21048%1,520-33$687$21,217,0163Focus
9The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$1,031,47274%2,519-599$409$27,267,3073Sony / Screen Gems
10Getaway$1,026,51659%2,1355$481$8,158,9102Warner Bros.
11This Is The End$851,03045%2,1612127$394$98,384,48613Sony / Columbia
12You're Next$741,41953%1,902-535$390$16,548,8133Lionsgate
13Despicable Me 2$724,500134%1,050-234$690$357,133,06010Universal
142 Guns$658,22557%1,165-246$565$71,745,3956Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$3,302,179102%717369$4,606$17,152,2522Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Smurfs 2$462,726217%949-417$488$67,884,0516Sony / Columbia
3The Grandmaster$450,30454%80455$560$4,672,0123Weinstein Company
4Closed Circuit$430,13147%8700$494$4,808,2682Focus
5The Wolverine$360,85673%698-290$517$129,231,8177Fox
6The Conjuring$342,03056%716-187$478$135,025,3838Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Spectacular Now$307,07046%41530$740$4,610,7746A24
8Kick-Ass 2$291,28052%662-984$440$27,942,2954Universal
9The Way, Way Back$225,19670%550-104$409$20,307,35510Fox Searchlight
10The Ultimate Life$225,002-21%412--$546$510,7991High Top Releasing
11Monsters University$219,204125%596-1293$368$264,853,55412Disney
12Turbo$211,428148%358-80$591$80,481,4958Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13World War Z$201,00471%374-873$537$201,239,38712Paramount
14Jobs$191,01166%502-800$381$15,421,1264Open Road
15Grown Ups 2$189,62988%355-116$534$130,564,4139Sony / Columbia
16The Heat$177,85064%350-43$508$157,818,17111Fox
17Pacific Rim$164,34875%307-94$535$100,772,6569Warner Bros.
18In a World...$131,77763%10211$1,292$1,600,8595Roadside Attractions
19Now You See Me$88,87557%205-34$434$117,337,69315Lionsgate / Summit
20R.I.P.D.$77,83091%1810$430$33,243,0008Universal
21Red 2$76,97554%250-11$308$52,406,8508Lionsgate / Summit
22Man of Steel$56,07080%201-83$279$290,891,83513Warner Bros.
23White House Down$54,71764%168-38$326$72,968,71011Sony / Columbia
24Fruitvale Station$50,24356%188-106$267$15,735,5259Weinstein Company
25Star Trek Into Darkness$27,50765%106-852$260$228,740,67417Paramount
26Paranoia$27,13246%178-214$152$7,181,1154Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Satyagraha$46,87960%79-4$593$646,3372UTV Motion Pictures
2Salinger$35,04918%4--$8,762$64,6821Weinstein Company
3Chennai Express$32,18875%53-40$607$5,205,3635UTV Motion Pictures
4Winnie Mandela$25,76922%32--$805$46,8751RLJ / Image Entertainment
5Afternoon Delight$24,96648%2523$999$80,4722The Film Arcade
6Epic$16,484202%56-24$294$107,480,08516Fox
7Populaire$7,776103%3--$2,592$11,6081Weinstein Company
8Passion$7,40453%13-1$570$67,8652eOne Films US
9Unfinished Song$4,82858%214$230$1,644,40512Weinstein Company
10Contempt (2013 re-issue)$3,23311%1--$3,233$6,1331Rialto Pictures
11Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$2,62663%196$138$4,276,32914Roadside Attractions
12Stories We Tell$2,23485%95$248$1,589,27518Roadside Attractions
13Savannah$1,0247%50$205$28,7103Ketchup Entertainment
14The Servant (2013 re-issue)$47526%1-1$475$36,1987Rialto Pictures
15Underdogs (2013)$372226%10$372$34,7934Freestyle Releasing
16Girl Most Likely$359--21$180$1,377,9898Roadside Attractions
17Mud$30257%4-2$76$21,588,87020Roadside Attractions