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 Tue, Oct. 8 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$6,638,46710%3,575--$1,857$68,450,7071Warner Bros.
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$1,052,1647%4,0010$263$62,040,0782Sony / Columbia
3Runner Runner$828,01222%3,026--$274$9,214,8771Fox
4Prisoners$612,15625%3,236-54$189$49,029,0073Warner Bros.
5Don Jon$514,54225%2,4220$212$16,998,8862Relativity Media
6Rush (2013)$496,22030%2,30811$215$19,040,8843Universal
7Baggage Claim$309,92611%2,0303$153$15,723,9812Fox Searchlight
8Insidious Chapter 2$278,1455%2,607-513$107$75,315,4154FilmDistrict
9The Family (2013)$178,70727%2,023-871$88$34,957,6134Relativity Media
10We're the Millers$149,35813%1,606-799$93$145,177,1349Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$145,59719%1,563-499$93$112,673,4178Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$223,35423%437210$511$5,834,8413Fox Searchlight
2Pulling Strings$152,85211%387--$395$2,757,9691Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Instructions Not Included$119,8016%858-90$140$41,491,1576Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Grace Unplugged$58,9842%511--$115$1,115,1091Roadside Attractions
5Riddick$55,7758%795-1031$70$41,307,0205Universal
6Metallica Through The Never$54,813-2%589284$93$2,849,9612Picturehouse
7Battle of the Year$53,02541%907-1101$58$8,577,6453Sony / Screen Gems
8Besharam$36,722114%217--$169$536,0281Reliance Entertainment
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$36,52018%513-494$71$66,052,9309Fox
10Despicable Me 2$31,5258%485-263$65$362,496,23514Universal
11The Wolverine$20,70810%241-88$86$131,629,55911Fox
122 Guns$18,01050%200-203$90$75,277,56010Universal
13Red 2$17,92311%20393$88$53,077,48412Lionsgate / Summit
14Planes$17,688-5%376-1050$47$88,171,6839Disney
15Turbo$16,8018%222-60$76$82,252,62012Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16The Wizard of Oz 3D$13,723-13%246-59$56$5,433,7573Warner Bros.
17The Heat$13,21732%182-69$73$159,161,12515Fox
18The Conjuring$11,0033%202-136$54$137,184,69912Warner Bros. / New Line
19The World's End$9,37927%131-150$72$25,855,3597Focus
20The Way, Way Back$3,024-55%131-27$23$21,397,06314Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$6,936-22%78-43$89$2,720,9599Roadside Attractions
2Pacific Rim$5,8312%92-48$63$101,740,05613Warner Bros.
3Linsanity$5,686-2%9--$632$110,9271Ketchup Entertainment
4The Spectacular Now$5,44752%58-84$94$6,750,34010A24
5Haute Cuisine$4,97930%6046$83$116,1963Weinstein Company
6Thanks for Sharing$4,03829%65-186$62$1,017,9853Roadside Attractions
7Fruitvale Station$3,44224%7634$45$16,055,59913Weinstein Company
8The Grandmaster$3,0817%35-108$88$6,572,8027Weinstein Company
9World War Z$2,5034%75-85$33$202,354,40816Paramount
10Salinger$2,38640%21-113$114$561,2615Weinstein Company
11Populaire$2,18624%5834$38$156,2955Weinstein Company
12We Are What We Are (2013)$1,296-8%86$162$28,3652eOne Films US
13You're Next$940117%45-67$21$18,428,3117Lionsgate
14C.O.G.$4010%4-5$100$54,2763Screen Media / Focus World
15The Ultimate Life$3752%9-38$42$1,326,8015High Top Releasing
16Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$350573%6-2$58$4,328,16618Roadside Attractions
17Stories We Tell$198-35%2-2$99$1,599,54222Roadside Attractions
18The Last Day of August$175-29%1--$175$2,1151Striped Entertainment