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 Fri, Dec. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$8,737,31471%3,507--$2,491$21,960,9571Paramount
2The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$8,626,05971%3,92825$2,196$104,671,4762Warner Bros. / New Line
3American Hustle$6,525,0328722%2,5072501$2,603$7,638,4002Sony / Columbia
4Frozen (2013)$5,104,292132%3,540-176$1,442$177,496,3025Disney
5Saving Mr. Banks$3,087,4415979%2,1102095$1,463$3,712,9272Disney
6The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$2,504,97284%2,949-614$849$365,458,7685Lionsgate
7Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$2,428,035166%2,1940$1,107$22,198,3122Lionsgate
8Walking With Dinosaurs$2,164,499--3,231--$670$2,164,4991Fox
9Thor: The Dark World$361,84732%1,116-1148$324$199,799,9557Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dhoom 3$1,081,575--239--$4,525$1,081,5751Yash Raj Films
2Philomena$322,67625%738-97$437$12,434,2285Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$304,937842%148133$2,060$1,356,0873CBS Films
4The Book Thief$211,762-2%680-478$311$16,055,3517Fox
5Nebraska$149,75458%31060$483$3,955,1206Paramount Vantage
6Homefront$140,2931%675-1427$208$19,397,3484Open Road
7Delivery Man$138,5709%663-1378$209$28,931,4565Disney / DreamWorks
8The Best Man Holiday$112,32046%351-571$320$69,513,6356Universal
9Gravity$107,19229%302-201$355$253,242,97712Warner Bros.
10Dallas Buyers Club$95,9880%330-244$291$14,869,2648Focus
1112 Years a Slave$92,32824%301-196$307$36,802,55410Fox Searchlight
12Out of the Furnace$90,012-51%728-1373$124$10,691,1523Relativity Media
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$71,690648%313138$229$115,515,46713Sony / Columbia
14Last Vegas$68,96354%333-393$207$62,062,6448CBS Films
15Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$51,677207%278-178$186$100,708,5639Paramount
16Captain Phillips$35,61117%172-151$207$104,182,86311Sony / Columbia
17Ender's Game$29,24526%187-144$156$60,647,8218Lionsgate / Summit
18Despicable Me 2$25,61586%197-26$130$367,431,27025Universal
19Free Birds$18,89588%184-99$103$54,040,7288Relativity Media
20Escape Plan$16,63740%138-29$121$24,786,68710Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$72,21958%6--$12,037$176,4771Warner Bros.
2All Is Lost$13,059-39%83-180$157$5,805,08310Roadside Attractions
3About Time$11,640-12%97-46$120$15,264,9688Universal
4Black Nativity$9,385-21%63-197$149$6,941,9554Fox Searchlight
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$9,04924%40$2,262$272,8114Weinstein Company
6Enough Said$6,90019%42-30$164$17,391,76314Fox Searchlight
7Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$6,85952%85-38$81$68,399,95520Fox
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$4,0311%43-18$94$116,117,89419Weinstein Company
9Don Jon$3,691-29%32-60$115$24,448,12013Relativity Media
10The Family (2013)$1,391-49%29-27$48$36,898,33015Relativity Media
11Oldboy (2013)$595-72%21-130$28$2,179,6774FilmDistrict