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, Dec. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,855,493-22%4,1630$446$342,022,6523Lionsgate
2Frozen (2013)$1,720,122-30%3,7420$460$140,488,5593Disney
3Out of the Furnace$437,117-26%2,1012097$208$6,773,8881Relativity Media
4Thor: The Dark World$401,237-21%3,074-212$131$195,019,8685Disney
5Homefront$347,188-25%2,5700$135$16,482,6832Open Road
6Delivery Man$318,162-24%2,905-131$110$25,821,6273Disney / DreamWorks
7The Book Thief$290,642-19%1,31682$221$12,921,9895Fox
8The Best Man Holiday$189,240-14%1,577-140$120$67,790,5354Universal
912 Years a Slave$140,972-15%1,082-83$130$35,455,6288Fox Searchlight
10Last Vegas$132,736-22%1,539-315$86$61,018,1606CBS Films
11Black Nativity$77,673-22%1,5259$51$6,663,4502Fox Searchlight
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$68,256-12%1,157-346$59$100,237,8777Paramount
13Lee Daniels' The Butler$36,979-11%1,007936$37$116,034,50417Weinstein Company
14Free Birds$19,789-29%1,202-1085$16$53,863,1856Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$270,887-10%8350$324$8,972,8783Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$165,318-13%73438$225$12,962,3236Focus
3Gravity$130,234-18%900-116$145$251,894,41810Warner Bros.
4Nebraska$56,3861%11311$499$2,402,1264Paramount Vantage
5Captain Phillips$55,926-10%640-167$87$103,668,4799Sony / Columbia
6Ender's Game$46,742-11%608-235$77$60,264,0586Lionsgate / Summit
7Oldboy (2013)$40,927-22%5830$70$2,094,4732FilmDistrict
8About Time$22,595-23%266-65$85$15,075,8436Universal
9All Is Lost$14,6780%147-7$100$5,529,2878Roadside Attractions
10Despicable Me 2$13,775-9%252-19$55$367,200,71023Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,269-26%312-395$30$115,301,20711Sony / Columbia
12Don Jon$7,851-8%12599$63$24,384,42711Relativity Media
13Insidious Chapter 2$4,107-4%122-18$34$83,541,88313FilmDistrict
14Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$3,951-14%140-23$28$68,329,53318Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inside Llewyn Davis$37,4783%4--$9,370$518,9881CBS Films
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$6,0027%40$1,501$199,3272Weinstein Company
3Enough Said$5,916-24%94-27$63$17,313,14912Fox Searchlight
4Escape Plan$4,028-25%81-60$50$24,623,0588Lionsgate / Summit
5The Family (2013)$3,676-14%96-34$38$36,870,03613Relativity Media
6The Counselor$3,290-9%71-7$46$16,903,6347Fox
7Instructions Not Included$2,735-5%46-22$59$44,464,88315Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Linsanity$2,56037%1-2$2,560$297,71910Ketchup Entertainment
9Twice Born$1,02632%10--$103$17,4561eOne Films US
10Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$131-55%6-50$22$341,9913Reliance Entertainment