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, Nov. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$2,004,268-27%3,8410$522$152,040,8292Disney
2The Best Man Holiday$1,659,680-26%2,024--$820$36,452,7901Universal
3Last Vegas$743,484-22%3,237155$230$48,903,4313CBS Films
4Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$496,652-20%3,1903$156$91,601,2194Paramount
5Gravity$462,317-16%2,560-160$181$241,819,2487Warner Bros.
612 Years a Slave$429,531-19%1,411267$304$26,226,0415Fox Searchlight
7Ender's Game$414,054-18%3,236-171$128$54,921,9853Lionsgate / Summit
8Captain Phillips$347,550-20%2,626-20$132$98,600,1576Sony / Columbia
9Free Birds$305,572-18%3,510-226$87$42,995,2873Relativity Media
10About Time$281,685-24%1,28080$220$12,361,7233Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$80,139-9%1,645-191$49$113,293,5558Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$174,343-4%184149$948$3,521,8883Focus
2All Is Lost$93,662-11%48384$194$4,501,0335Roadside Attractions
3Escape Plan$51,634-31%687-362$75$24,297,0705Lionsgate / Summit
4Carrie (2013)$42,672-18%933-579$46$35,170,3695Sony / Screen Gems
5Enough Said$41,615-8%393-36$106$16,706,2499Fox Searchlight
6The Counselor$37,503-23%481-541$78$16,707,7624Fox
7Prisoners$22,454-24%355130$63$60,656,8339Warner Bros.
8Despicable Me 2$21,350-12%305-5$70$366,012,13020Universal
9We're the Millers$17,511-9%303-55$58$150,077,76815Warner Bros. / New Line
10Rush (2013)$11,790-5%131-33$90$26,937,7699Universal
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$9,883-17%176-38$56$115,503,20314Weinstein Company
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$6,804-21%215-1$32$67,948,28715Fox
13Insidious Chapter 2$5,663-12%167-62$34$83,203,29810FilmDistrict
14Baggage Claim$3,064-12%108-27$28$21,478,4908Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$35,106-10%2925$1,211$668,1312Fox
2Nebraska$12,354-4%4--$3,089$177,6561Paramount Vantage
3Don Jon$7,416-24%48-44$155$24,219,2878Relativity Media
4Diana$6,796-18%83-17$82$318,9013eOne Films US
5I'm in Love with a Church Girl$4,837-19%55-19$88$2,321,4225High Top Releasing
6Romeo and Juliet (2013)$3,55062%298$122$1,148,9736Relativity Media
7Runner Runner$2,940-23%76-43$39$19,294,8537Fox
8The Wolverine$2,675-17%65-12$41$132,490,66917Fox
9Pulling Strings$2,663-14%760$35$5,840,4417Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Contempt (2013 re-issue)$2,456--1--$2,456$32,30511Rialto Pictures
11The Family (2013)$1,977-10%30-27$66$36,654,34310Relativity Media
12Instructions Not Included$1,819-27%47-5$39$44,245,76412Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Turbo$1,565-20%53-9$30$82,935,43418Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Reaching for the Moon$1,5482%20$774$35,2842Wolfe Releasing
15In a World...$1,0496%9-9$117$2,947,38915Roadside Attractions
16Linsanity$880-62%1-2$880$283,3667Ketchup Entertainment
17The Heat$851-4%27-1$32$159,547,55021Fox
18The World's End$64632%8-1$81$25,991,16113Focus
19Grace Unplugged$562-39%29-8$19$2,500,3817Roadside Attractions
20The Spectacular Now$27477%8-4$34$6,850,72016A24
21Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$14948%1-2$149$28,9654Cinepix
22Big Sur$94-56%1-4$94$34,0123Ketchup Entertainment