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, Dec. 26 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$10,523,77113%3,92825$2,679$160,469,5462Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$9,108,70343%3,335-280$2,731$219,521,4765Disney
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$7,363,835-9%3,50757$2,100$63,517,0181Paramount
4The Wolf of Wall Street$6,641,180-27%2,537--$2,618$15,791,5590Paramount
5American Hustle$6,368,347-14%2,5072501$2,540$40,450,3532Sony / Columbia
6The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$4,781,588-39%2,909--$1,644$12,594,9600Fox
7Saving Mr. Banks$4,676,863-9%2,1102095$2,217$23,822,6172Disney
847 Ronin$3,670,485-48%2,689--$1,365$10,702,2200Universal
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$3,039,83220%2,305-1258$1,319$380,923,8435Lionsgate
10Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$2,229,608-25%1,803-391$1,237$36,319,0762Lionsgate
11Grudge Match$2,160,738-45%2,838--$761$6,118,2220Warner Bros.
12Walking With Dinosaurs$2,142,24124%3,231--$663$13,668,3061Fox
13Justin Bieber's Believe$1,012,500-19%1,037--$976$2,262,5000Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$752,800-40%975971$772$2,309,4684Weinstein Company
2Philomena$475,24014%727-108$654$14,677,4235Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$369,940-18%160145$2,312$3,370,7153CBS Films
4Dhoom 3$363,431-58%239--$1,521$5,749,6321Yash Raj Films
5Nebraska$191,484-1%2500$766$4,973,8056Paramount Vantage
6The Book Thief$176,63913%463-524$382$17,270,4927Fox
7Thor: The Dark World$168,91512%319-1604$530$201,727,5377Disney
8Gravity$139,0012%175-328$794$254,085,40412Warner Bros.
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$130,50783%303128$431$116,092,31313Sony / Columbia
1012 Years a Slave$102,87321%147-267$700$37,425,98410Fox Searchlight
11Ender's Game$75,43648%236-95$320$60,900,0268Lionsgate / Summit
12Dallas Buyers Club$74,2677%137-341$542$15,451,7968Focus
13Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$60,8857%257-199$237$101,029,1119Paramount
14Last Vegas$58,70924%221-505$266$62,439,7618CBS Films
15The Best Man Holiday$53,9601%195-475$277$70,033,2706Universal
16Free Birds$51,47569%243-40$212$54,208,0228Relativity Media
17Captain Phillips$40,82520%111-212$368$104,427,92411Sony / Columbia
18Despicable Me 2$34,12570%175-37$195$367,607,66025Universal
19Delivery Man$30,526-1%136-1366$224$29,527,5955Disney / DreamWorks
20Escape Plan$17,208-3%110-57$156$24,888,08110Lionsgate / Summit
21Out of the Furnace$11,9993%102-1999$118$11,080,7513Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$166,988-36%4741$3,553$892,3211Warner Bros.
2Lone Survivor$26,125-29%2--$13,063$62,9670Universal
3Homefront$16,487-35%75-1175$220$20,033,4484Open Road
4All Is Lost$14,96741%83-180$180$5,882,95010Roadside Attractions
5Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$8,18444%85-38$96$68,444,72720Fox
6About Time$8,10371%73-47$111$15,322,9218Universal
7Enough Said$8,06630%42-30$192$17,430,70714Fox Searchlight
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$7,05556%34-27$208$116,146,95519Weinstein Company
9Black Nativity$3,58438%63-83$57$6,988,9124Fox Searchlight
10Don Jon$1,8811%31-61$61$24,464,25413Relativity Media
11The Family (2013)$1,199-5%29-27$41$36,906,21215Relativity Media
12Oldboy (2013)$890-7%21-130$42$2,184,2614FilmDistrict