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 Thu, Nov. 28 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$14,951,629-28%4,163--$3,592$222,116,0561Lionsgate
2Frozen (2013)$11,037,812-27%3,742--$2,950$26,541,9001Disney
3Thor: The Dark World$2,054,146-12%3,286-555$625$175,619,7903Disney
4Delivery Man$1,437,48210%3,036--$473$12,520,5421Disney / DreamWorks
5Homefront$1,400,066-2%2,570--$545$2,825,1780Open Road
6The Best Man Holiday$1,383,37513%1,785-239$775$54,915,5552Universal
7The Book Thief$818,09713%1,2341205$663$3,000,0593Fox
8Black Nativity$673,25354%1,516--$444$1,110,1930Fox Searchlight
9Last Vegas$562,33926%1,963-1274$286$55,906,1474CBS Films
10Gravity$511,37013%1,016-1544$503$247,142,8618Warner Bros.
1112 Years a Slave$375,4525%1,165-246$322$30,850,2046Fox Searchlight
12Free Birds$374,140-52%2,287-1223$164$51,431,7314Relativity Media
13Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$371,665-6%1,619-1571$230$97,013,2095Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$431,61215%753--$573$961,4181Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$383,3745%690506$556$7,698,5284Focus
3Captain Phillips$234,47217%807-1819$291$101,575,9517Sony / Columbia
4Ender's Game$206,286-7%843-2393$245$58,166,4524Lionsgate / Summit
5Oldboy (2013)$184,431-13%583--$316$397,2830FilmDistrict
6Nebraska$90,42811%10298$887$748,3662Paramount Vantage
7About Time$79,4409%376-904$211$14,289,6234Universal
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$42,732-51%707-938$60$114,646,8689Sony / Columbia
9Despicable Me 2$39,295-50%271-34$145$366,592,32021Universal
10All Is Lost$24,026-5%349-134$69$5,080,2456Roadside Attractions
11Enough Said$16,379-14%121-272$135$17,073,53510Fox Searchlight
12Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$15,695-32%112--$140$276,8921Reliance Entertainment
13We're the Millers$15,149-21%164-139$92$150,271,93516Warner Bros. / New Line
14Prisoners$13,400-20%203-152$66$60,870,18010Warner Bros.
15Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$12,352-48%163-52$76$68,132,66016Fox
16Insidious Chapter 2$11,127-32%140-27$79$83,369,31511FilmDistrict
17The Family (2013)$8,148-15%130100$63$36,755,71711Relativity Media
18Escape Plan$7,837-8%141-546$56$24,507,9986Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$7,094-32%6821$104$44,341,50113Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$5,759-13%71-105$81$115,599,06315Weinstein Company
3The Counselor$4,929-7%78-403$63$16,826,6385Fox
4Don Jon$4,323-5%36-12$120$24,275,7529Relativity Media
5Romeo and Juliet (2013)$3,549496%12-17$296$1,160,6617Relativity Media
6Baggage Claim$2,056-11%42-66$49$21,512,4219Fox Searchlight
7The World's End$9009%6-2$150$25,999,09514Focus
8Runner Runner$821-21%23-53$36$19,307,7728Fox
9In a World...$660-32%90$73$2,957,50016Roadside Attractions
10Diana$53154%26-57$20$335,3604eOne Films US
11Grace Unplugged$159-61%10-19$16$2,506,4688Roadside Attractions
12Linsanity$9655%1--$96$284,4908Ketchup Entertainment