This weekend sees the opening of an Sci-Fi film in Transcendence, a horror flick in A Haunted House 2 and a religious film in Heaven Is for Real.
Recapping Last Weekend
Captain America: The Winter Soldier took the top spot at the box office in its second week with a haul of $41.3 million. That’s a 56.6 % drop from its opening weekend. Rio 2 opened with $39.3 million for second place. Oculus, made for $5 million, opened to the tune of $12 million. Draft Day opened in fourth place with $9.8 million and Noah took the fifth spot by a slim margin. Noah took in $7.553 million and Divergent took in $7.380 million.
God’s Not Dead was added to 102 theaters across the country and brought in anout $5.5 million to raise its take to just under $41 million.
Frozen is still playing in 344 theaters across the country and brought in $385,00 over the weekend, its 21st. It will likely crack the $400 million mark domestically. The animated film has already brought in over $1.1 billion worldwide. It stands 8th overall on the list of Biggest Worldwide Grosses and has a good chance of passing The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King for seventh. 2009’s Avatar holds the top spot with about $2.8 billion.
Opening This Weekend
Johnny Depp stars in this film directed by Wally Pfister that’s basicallyabout computers taking over the world. This is Pfister’s first turn in the Director’s chair after being the director of photography on hit films like The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, The Italian Job and Moneyball. Pfister again works with Cillian Murphy, who was in The Dark Knight films, and Inception. Forbes thinks that there’s no way Depp will bring in the audience necessary to make back the $100 million budget on this one. The Los Angeles Times has a good piece about how Pfister brought in two UC Berkeley scientists to look over the script. According to Rotten Tomatoes, a lot of people want to see this one and critics weren’t too fond of the film. Liberty Voice has a piece comparing this story to that of Noah. BoxOffice.com is projecting a $18.5 million opening weekend and a $61 million total domestic gross, which would definitely not be good.
A Haunted House 2
This sequel became a reality as soon as the original opened to $18 million last year on a $2.5 million budget. Marlon Wayans again wrote this film and stars. Cedric The Entertainer returns as well. Jaime Pressly joins the cast. She was in a somewhat similar spoof film, Not Another Teen Movie. The Seattle Times called A Haunted House 2 “aggressively stupid”. This one is what it is. It’s a spoof of The Conjuring, it’s not The Conjuring. The Kansas City Star called Wayans “seriously funny”. If you seriously like horror films, this one probably isn’t for you. If you want a laugh, this one is for you.
Heaven Is for Real
You wouldn’t normally think this one would do much at the box office. It’s the story of a “small-town father must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.” With the success of God’s Not Dead, this one could put up some decent numbers. The Hollywood Reporter expected the film to bring in $3 million on a Wednesday opening and as much as $20 million this weekend. It’s no coincidence that this one is opening on Easter Weekend. Heaven is based on the best-selling book of the same name.
Greg Kinnear stars as a Pastor in Heaven, you can also seem him starring in the Fox show Rake. Keegan Deane is definitely not a Pastor.
Catch It Before It’s Gone
Keller 8 welcomes Son of God and Need For Speed this weekend. If you’re itching to see a movie in theaters on the cheap, this is a great weekend to go to Keller. Frozen, Sabotage, Non-Stop and Gravity are just some of the great movies showing.
Make It A Redbox Night
X-Men: Days of Future Past
If I Stay