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, Jan. 8 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$1,643,640-16%2,55720$643$68,117,4762Paramount
2American Hustle$1,295,946-13%2,51811$515$91,754,3274Sony / Columbia
3Frozen (2013)$1,179,790-38%3,318-17$356$301,501,5437Disney
4The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$1,171,342-25%3,730-198$314$233,100,2484Warner Bros. / New Line
5Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$862,663-25%3,407-100$253$111,642,7313Paramount
6Saving Mr. Banks$844,607-18%2,1100$400$61,535,4744Disney
7Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$842,019-26%2,867--$294$21,420,3861Paramount
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$646,989-27%2,92213$221$47,699,8412Fox
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$523,378-22%2,143-172$244$408,896,1537Lionsgate
1047 Ronin$484,215-29%2,6901$180$34,395,8602Universal
11Grudge Match$388,328-26%2,85618$136$26,170,0422Warner Bros.
12Walking With Dinosaurs$195,843-35%2,560-683$77$32,148,8583Fox
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$118,972-24%1,474-314$81$50,655,3254Lionsgate
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$104,075-16%1,01035$103$7,383,9156Weinstein Company
15Justin Bieber's Believe$40,668-23%1,0370$39$6,114,5062Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$282,39318%607-120$465$20,250,7207Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$145,8914%156-5$935$7,282,2245CBS Films
3Nebraska$91,24114%240-10$380$7,228,7988Paramount Vantage
4The Book Thief$66,5910%329-152$202$19,278,2209Fox
5Gravity$44,440-6%165-10$269$255,754,35014Warner Bros.
612 Years a Slave$44,0297%151-3$292$38,590,16912Fox Searchlight
7Dallas Buyers Club$39,8048%1284$311$16,402,48010Focus
8Thor: The Dark World$39,457-20%291-28$136$203,582,0369Disney
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$24,802-33%278-25$89$117,714,06015Sony / Columbia
10Last Vegas$24,194-12%25736$94$63,187,00610CBS Films
11Dhoom 3$21,786-34%138-82$158$7,916,6983Yash Raj Films
12Ender's Game$19,124-11%242-7$79$61,716,91210Lionsgate / Summit
13Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$17,404-4%220-37$79$101,677,54611Paramount
14Free Birds$15,067-22%25310$60$54,951,17710Relativity Media
15Lee Daniels' The Butler$10,439-10%13399$78$116,324,43321Weinstein Company
16Delivery Man$9,611-14%1459$66$29,886,9017Disney / DreamWorks
17The Best Man Holiday$7,835-7%13010$60$70,516,7708Universal
18Despicable Me 2$6,040-20%151-14$40$367,977,90527Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$113,68411%470$2,419$3,291,5173Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$16,64916%50$3,330$526,7882Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$12,06460%20$6,032$355,4342Universal
4All Is Lost$6,32417%714$89$6,064,85112Roadside Attractions
5Enough Said$6,188157%23-4$269$17,510,71616Fox Searchlight
6Escape Plan$4,554-10%84-23$54$25,077,65712Lionsgate / Summit
7Out of the Furnace$3,62219%59-43$61$11,197,0185Relativity Media
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,138-31%39-14$29$68,522,67322Fox
9Don Jon$485-38%21-10$23$24,477,47615Relativity Media
10The Family (2013)$33418%19-10$18$36,918,56617Relativity Media
11Black Nativity$307-21%15-9$20$7,013,2656Fox Searchlight