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 Sat, Dec. 28 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$10,585,5226%3,9280$2,695$181,060,1893Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$10,006,528-2%3,335-205$3,000$239,695,9106Disney
3American Hustle$7,151,20212%2,5070$2,852$53,982,2043Sony / Columbia
4Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$7,145,1350%3,5070$2,037$77,805,6042Paramount
5The Wolf of Wall Street$6,801,5669%2,537--$2,681$28,850,0551Paramount
6Saving Mr. Banks$5,041,6367%2,1100$2,389$33,584,9423Disney
7The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$4,758,4525%2,909--$1,636$21,888,7131Fox
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$3,696,9088%2,315-634$1,597$388,053,7846Lionsgate
947 Ronin$3,630,1505%2,689--$1,350$17,802,5251Universal
10Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$2,721,5528%1,788-406$1,522$41,566,5093Lionsgate
11Grudge Match$2,692,04813%2,838--$949$11,202,7791Warner Bros.
12Walking With Dinosaurs$2,610,2113%3,24312$805$18,803,3092Fox
13Justin Bieber's Believe$680,179-14%1,037--$656$3,732,7011Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$901,12413%975971$924$4,010,8485Weinstein Company
2Philomena$685,89123%727-11$943$15,922,0316Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$483,72026%16113$3,004$4,238,6834CBS Films
4Dhoom 3$399,85418%220-19$1,818$6,487,8932Yash Raj Films
5Nebraska$303,25634%250-60$1,213$5,504,1827Paramount Vantage
6Thor: The Dark World$248,43419%319-797$779$202,185,1678Disney
7The Book Thief$236,44416%481-199$492$17,711,1558Fox
8Gravity$197,99023%175-127$1,131$254,444,23213Warner Bros.
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$192,67013%303-10$636$116,455,79514Sony / Columbia
1012 Years a Slave$145,70524%154-147$946$37,689,24911Fox Searchlight
11Dallas Buyers Club$110,90635%124-206$894$15,644,8809Focus
12Ender's Game$106,95616%24962$430$61,098,8919Lionsgate / Summit
13Last Vegas$99,05019%221-112$448$62,622,2299CBS Films
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$90,17521%257-21$351$101,194,02710Paramount
15The Best Man Holiday$88,88512%120-231$741$70,201,3507Universal
16Free Birds$86,51718%24359$356$54,368,0439Relativity Media
17Captain Phillips$55,99525%111-61$504$104,528,67212Sony / Columbia
18Despicable Me 2$49,48513%165-32$300$367,700,87026Universal
19Delivery Man$44,45610%136-527$327$29,612,3116Disney / DreamWorks
20Escape Plan$26,76129%107-31$250$24,935,64611Lionsgate / Summit
21Out of the Furnace$16,42823%102-626$161$11,110,5314Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$244,20126%4741$5,196$1,330,5712Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$66,06615%5--$13,213$123,3201Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$33,76626%2--$16,883$123,5541Universal
4Homefront$26,42737%75-600$352$20,079,1655Open Road
5All Is Lost$23,4978%67-16$351$5,928,23311Roadside Attractions
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$10,39424%53-32$196$68,463,49721Fox
7Enough Said$9,92437%27-15$368$17,447,86815Fox Searchlight
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$9,69727%34-9$285$116,164,30020Weinstein Company
9Black Nativity$5,03822%24-39$210$6,998,0755Fox Searchlight
10Oldboy (2013)$1,98921%210$95$2,187,8915FilmDistrict
11Don Jon$1,63532%31-1$53$24,467,12314Relativity Media
12The Family (2013)$1,30515%290$45$36,908,64916Relativity Media