'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

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jun. 18 - Sun, Jun. 20

Wide (1000+)

1Toy Story 3$110,307,189--4,028--$27,385$110,307,1891Disney
2The Karate Kid (2010)$29,876,295-46%3,6630$8,156$107,130,2392Sony / Columbia
3The A-Team$14,405,318-44%3,5449$4,065$50,427,5882Fox
4Get Him to the Greek$6,105,000-39%2,592-110$2,355$47,844,0003Universal
5Shrek Forever After$5,620,398-64%3,207-661$1,753$223,076,9255Paramount / DreamWorks
6Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$5,566,464-14%2,605-503$2,137$80,800,5744Disney
7Jonah Hex$5,379,000--2,825--$1,904$5,379,0001Warner Bros.
9Iron Man 2$2,872,252-36%1,612-693$1,782$304,210,3297Paramount
11Sex and the City 2$2,411,000-56%1,680-1070$1,435$90,170,0004Warner Bros. / New Line
12Robin Hood$1,423,000-46%1,046-849$1,360$102,080,0006Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1Splice$932,000-68%944-1506$987$15,569,0003Warner Bros
2Letters to Juliet$790,430-53%806-525$981$48,591,4096Summit
3Raavan$480,703--119--$4,040$480,7031Reliance Big Pictures
4Please Give$475,33467%272169$1,748$2,657,8748Sony Pictures Classics
5Solitary Man$426,92715%10754$3,990$1,424,9935Anchor Bay
6Date Night$360,904-40%345-85$1,046$96,883,25711Fox
7The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$282,288-19%1664$1,701$4,942,58210Sony Pictures Classics
8The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$258,499-20%146-28$1,771$8,296,83214Music Box
9Clash of the Titans (2010)$248,000-25%267-66$929$162,385,00012Warner Bros.
10The Bounty Hunter$212,574-40%174-62$1,222$66,754,01714Sony / Columbia
11City Island$181,855-31%133-26$1,367$5,937,64514Anchor Bay
12Just Wright$167,876-48%158-121$1,063$21,085,7566Fox Searchlight
13How to Train Your Dragon$167,083-49%213-68$784$214,764,29813Paramount / DreamWorks
14Death at a Funeral (2010)$149,389120%16195$928$42,365,76810Sony / Screen Gems
15The Last Song$136,960-10%199-11$688$62,589,68412Disney
16A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$120,00064%228103$526$62,734,0008Warner Bros. / New Line
17Furry Vengeance$112,078-36%235-33$477$17,060,7948Summit
18The Back-up Plan$93,26617%16654$562$37,050,5819CBS Films
19Alice in Wonderland (2010)$83,057-42%140-83$593$334,089,39416Disney
21Diary of a Wimpy Kid$75,645-51%146-56$518$63,547,66614Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Winter's Bone$351,316314%3935$9,008$474,3282Roadside Attractions
2Hubble 3D$265,00011%502$5,300$8,633,00014Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$226,20238%2821$8,079$472,7742IFC
4Cyrus$181,716--4--$45,429$181,7161Fox Searchlight
5I Am Love$121,504--8--$15,188$121,5041Magnolia
6Micmacs$99,050-11%515$1,942$572,4514Sony Classics
8Harry Brown$86,402-30%64-3$1,350$1,499,3668Samuel Goldwyn
9Exit Through the Gift Shop$84,121-27%41-2$2,052$2,524,13910Producers Distribution Agency
10Raajneeti$76,000-72%56-68$1,357$1,436,0003UTV Communications
11Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$66,77250%129$5,564$241,1792Sony Pictures Classics
13Mother and Child$54,789-34%530$1,034$667,4197Sony Pictures Classics
158: The Mormon Proposition$42,566--16--$2,660$42,5661Red Flag Releasing
16Under the Sea 3D$35,000-5%150$2,333$22,499,00071Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Magnificent Desolation$24,000248%52$4,800$33,134,000248IMAX
19Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$23,422-8%150$1,561$547,76814Zeitgeist
20La Mission$23,000-26%173$1,353$977,00011Screen Media
22The Losers$20,000-64%31-96$645$23,581,0009Warner Bros.
23The Square (2010)$18,59938%12-5$1,550$353,34811Apparition
24Princess Kaiulani$18,111-48%16-10$1,132$808,7256Roadside Attractions
25Let It Rain$16,290--2--$8,145$16,2901IFC
26Kings of the Evening$16,07044%51$3,214$50,90319Indican Pictures
27Holy Rollers$16,014-35%13-1$1,232$240,67021First Independent Pictures
28Stonewall Uprising$15,729--4--$3,932$21,4051First Run Features
29Chloe$15,20062%27-7$563$3,060,72813Sony Pictures Classics
30The City of Your Final Destination$15,000-42%15-4$1,000$383,00010Screen Media Films
31Breathless (2010 re-issue)$14,000-18%40$3,500$138,0004Rialto
32Mademoiselle Chambon$13,757-34%72$1,965$118,5974Lorber
33Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$12,707-45%6-2$2,118$250,5867Kino International
34Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$12,000-56%26-17$462$88,744,00019Fox
35The Secret of Kells$11,121-35%15-5$741$620,35716GKIDS
36The Killer Inside Me$11,083--1--$11,083$11,0831IFC Films
37The Joneses$10,380200%7-1$1,483$1,456,85610Roadside Attractions
38Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$10,092--1--$10,092$10,0921The Film Desk
39Only the Brave (2010)$8,616-12%3-1$2,872$118,2654Indican Pictures
40OSS 117: Lost in Rio$5,047-40%4-2$1,262$70,62162Music Box
41John Rabe$4,507-13%4-2$1,127$38,5945Strand
42Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,493-26%3-2$1,498$23,217,726142National Geographic
43Touching Home$4,300--4--$1,075$111,0008CFI
44The Little Traitor$4,278-32%1-1$4,278$348,66928Westchester Films
45The Good, the Bad, the Weird$4,05797%62$676$123,49711IFC
46Looking for Eric$4,043-36%10-1$404$52,4616IFC
47The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$3,833-39%100$383$177,5508IFC
48The Father of My Children$3,828-76%4-3$957$137,2265IFC Films
49Casino Jack and the United States of Money$3,689-45%7-2$527$168,4417Magnolia
50The Lottery$3,671-78%32$1,224$22,2592Variance Films
51The Oath$3,127-3%20$1,564$28,1297Zeitgeist
52Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$2,984-43%1-1$2,984$31,9163Indican Pictures
53The Nature of Existence$2,977--1--$2,977$2,9771Walking Shadows
54Survival of the Dead$2,800139%84$350$87,9064Magnolia / Magnet
55The Tooth Fairy$2,600-43%11-2$236$60,020,00022Fox
56Sweetgrass$2,547-61%4-2$637$185,96639Cinema Guild
57Best Worst Movie$2,544-47%1-1$2,544$55,2319Area23a
58Racing Dreams$2,338--2--$1,169$43,5335Hanover House
59Ajami$2,33112%3-2$777$602,22640Kino International
60Cropsey$1,805--2--$903$21,6503Cinema Purgatorio
61The Eclipse$1,789-58%5-4$358$132,39013Magnolia
62Space Station 3D$1,700113%1-2$1,700$81,957,000427IMAX
63The Girl on the Train$1,63073%20$815$205,28622Strand Releasing
64A Prophet (Un proph├Ęte)$1,342-52%2-2$671$2,080,33617Sony Classics
65A Town Called Panic$1,088--1--$1,088$161,62427Zeitgeist Films
66Everyone Else$1,073-77%2-3$537$66,84153Cinema Guild
67The Last Station$921-34%31$307$6,616,97423Sony Pictures Classics
68Dancing Across Borders$912--3--$304$65,06012First Run
69October Country$820--1--$820$26,18519International Film Circuit
70After the Cup: Sons of Sakhin United$714-56%2-1$357$11,5385Variance Films
71Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Suss$460-90%1-2$460$54,30561Zeitgeist
72The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$384--1--$384$451,68921First Run Features
73Departures$368-64%10$368$1,542,98956Regent Releasing