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, Oct. 30 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$2,021,657-30%3,336--$606$39,781,7091Paramount
2Gravity$1,431,067-22%3,707-113$386$204,427,2444Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$874,028-26%3,143123$278$72,874,9653Sony / Columbia
4The Counselor$556,189-30%3,044--$183$9,844,0021Fox
5Carrie (2013)$459,863-22%3,1570$146$27,669,0382Sony / Screen Gems
6Escape Plan$370,077-30%2,8830$128$18,939,4822Lionsgate / Summit
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$234,288-21%3,111-491$75$101,635,2805Sony / Columbia
8Prisoners$92,310-27%1,347-813$69$59,440,1796Warner Bros.
9The Fifth Estate$72,443-17%1,7690$41$3,074,4182Disney / DreamWorks
10Insidious Chapter 2$51,521-10%1,229-436$42$82,298,7787FilmDistrict
11Machete Kills$49,835-8%1,253-1285$40$7,421,8663Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$186,272-13%123104$1,514$3,989,6102Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$150,461-20%83578$180$13,531,9516Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$64,295-27%677-520$95$26,073,1546Universal
4We're the Millers$60,626-10%786-95$77$148,745,80112Warner Bros. / New Line
5Runner Runner$51,858-29%969-1042$54$19,000,9784Fox
6Don Jon$49,469-27%540-574$92$23,672,8705Relativity Media
7Baggage Claim$33,274-21%594-271$56$20,951,1165Fox Searchlight
8I'm in Love with a Church Girl$30,961-27%4581$68$1,827,7652High Top Releasing
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$29,103-26%444-158$66$114,837,96311Weinstein Company
10Despicable Me 2$20,845-15%379-16$55$364,320,66517Universal
11Pulling Strings$15,078-29%315-123$48$5,629,7164Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Instructions Not Included$14,923-25%301-174$50$44,010,2019Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$11,062-25%303-47$37$67,262,67012Fox
14The Family (2013)$10,510-15%218-265$48$36,518,1957Relativity Media
15The Wolverine$8,766-13%164-43$53$132,272,54814Fox
16Grace Unplugged$8,067-13%208-105$39$2,392,7544Roadside Attractions
17Riddick$6,245-20%156-97$40$42,018,8508Universal
18Turbo$3,608-12%108-41$33$82,742,37815Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19The Conjuring$2,9588%100-13$30$137,395,17415Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$56,358-8%8276$687$820,8452Roadside Attractions
2Romeo and Juliet (2013)$6,028-42%91-370$66$1,092,8613Relativity Media
3The Heat$3,092-24%80-23$39$159,479,16118Fox
4Linsanity$2,836197%8-1$355$257,2744Ketchup Entertainment
5The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$2,21721%49-98$45$493,0513Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
6The World's End$1,926-8%26-14$74$25,961,59610Focus
7The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,92356%149$137$36,1005Rialto Pictures
8In a World...$1,907-4%32-15$60$2,884,94812Roadside Attractions
9Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$1,635-11%1--$1,635$11,5001Cinepix
10Fruitvale Station$1,576240%16-4$99$16,098,29816Weinstein Company
11Haute Cuisine$1,456-12%14-7$104$216,1966Weinstein Company
12Thanks for Sharing$1,268-56%11-3$115$1,064,3556Roadside Attractions
13We Are What We Are (2013)$1,0348%175$61$79,7325eOne Films US
14The Spectacular Now$803-21%24-30$33$6,833,34113A24