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 Sun, Nov. 24 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$34,505,044-34%4,163--$8,289$158,074,2861Lionsgate
2Thor: The Dark World$3,776,482-41%3,713-128$1,017$167,917,1233Disney
3The Best Man Holiday$3,020,680-47%2,04117$1,480$50,360,5102Universal
4Delivery Man$1,826,736-45%3,036--$602$7,944,9771Disney / DreamWorks
5Free Birds$1,693,247-34%3,071-439$551$48,657,0734Relativity Media
6Last Vegas$1,084,690-45%2,926-311$371$53,884,8244CBS Films
7Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$832,544-46%2,625-565$317$95,434,6295Paramount
8Gravity$826,965-45%1,845-715$448$245,407,7598Warner Bros.
912 Years a Slave$760,682-40%1,47463$516$29,426,9476Fox Searchlight
10Ender's Game$539,450-39%2,035-1201$265$57,195,5794Lionsgate / Summit
11Captain Phillips$440,572-48%1,656-970$266$100,705,8347Sony / Columbia
12About Time$320,250-41%1,050-230$305$13,822,5584Universal
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$298,227-29%1,121-524$266$114,228,3189Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$696,560-43%666482$1,046$6,374,0584Focus
2All Is Lost$100,462-39%347-136$290$4,944,7026Roadside Attractions
3Despicable Me 2$94,420-44%295-10$320$366,375,65021Universal
4Enough Said$57,597-53%233-160$247$16,989,90710Fox Searchlight
5Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$53,502-36%112--$478$199,4631Reliance Entertainment
6Escape Plan$34,138-42%267-420$128$24,460,0136Lionsgate / Summit
7Prisoners$33,422-41%255-100$131$60,805,08610Warner Bros.
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$31,384-39%185-30$170$68,062,80716Fox
9Insidious Chapter 2$28,939-41%18518$156$83,312,58711FilmDistrict
10We're the Millers$27,458-48%195-108$141$150,208,28516Warner Bros. / New Line
11The Family (2013)$16,910-38%12696$134$36,719,25311Relativity Media
12The Counselor$16,840-40%129-352$131$16,797,9195Fox
13Carrie (2013)$16,666-47%210-723$79$35,266,6196Sony / Screen Gems
14Elysium$15,642-30%114-67$137$93,050,11716Sony / TriStar
15Lee Daniels' The Butler$13,722-47%124-52$111$115,570,23415Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$180,497-35%7041$2,579$1,307,5123Fox
2Nebraska$88,721-41%2824$3,169$515,3682Paramount Vantage
3Frozen (2013)$84,194-9%1--$84,194$243,3901Disney
4Philomena$37,834-34%4--$9,459$128,4351Weinstein Company
5Instructions Not Included$22,714-4%8033$284$44,305,90313Lionsgate / Pantelion
6I'm in Love with a Church Girl$12,465-46%17-38$733$2,380,4056High Top Releasing
7Don Jon$7,745-45%36-12$215$24,257,0909Relativity Media
8Baggage Claim$4,567-60%46-62$99$21,503,6839Fox Searchlight
9Diana$2,735-17%26-57$105$331,6354eOne Films US
10Runner Runner$1,739-34%38-38$46$19,303,8398Fox
11In a World...$1,503-46%90$167$2,954,64816Roadside Attractions
12Grace Unplugged$1,189-27%10-19$119$2,505,4408Roadside Attractions
13Linsanity$966--1--$966$284,3328Ketchup Entertainment
14The World's End$840-63%6-2$140$25,996,22514Focus
15Reaching for the Moon$528-47%108$53$38,6153Wolfe Releasing
16The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$472-47%1--$472$58,3419Rialto Pictures
17Romeo and Juliet (2013)$81-79%12-17$7$1,153,9387Relativity Media
18Big Sur$70-64%10$70$34,4614Ketchup Entertainment