'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, Oct. 8 - Sun, Oct. 10

Wide (1000+)

1The Social Network$15,451,991-31%2,7710$5,576$46,021,1612Sony / Columbia
2Life As We Know It$14,506,464--3,150--$4,605$14,506,4641Warner Bros.
4Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$6,888,019-37%3,225-350$2,136$39,273,9843Warner Bros.
5My Soul to Take$6,842,220--2,572--$2,660$6,842,2201Universal / Rogue
6The Town$6,411,008-34%2,720-215$2,357$73,847,5274Warner Bros.
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$4,603,123-54%2,829-768$1,627$43,644,7013Fox
8Easy A$4,289,418-36%2,847-127$1,507$48,228,2014Sony / Screen Gems
9Case 39$2,680,305-50%2,2121$1,212$9,650,0052Paramount Vantage
10You Again$2,512,782-56%2,332-216$1,078$20,769,9953Disney
11Let Me In$2,447,618-52%2,04221$1,199$9,171,4192Relativity / Overture
13Alpha and Omega$1,500,390-49%1,616-687$928$21,018,0644Lionsgate
14Resident Evil: Afterlife$1,255,120-55%1,012-895$1,240$58,866,8465Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

1It's Kind of a Funny Story$2,013,406--742--$2,713$2,013,4061Focus
2Waiting for 'Superman'$642,30557%10369$6,236$1,417,2563Paramount Vantage
3Toy Story 3$555,096142%393158$1,412$412,031,73317Disney
4Inception$492,311-46%403-222$1,222$289,183,60713Warner Bros.
5Catfish$393,359-33%1437$2,751$2,236,1104Universal / Rogue
6Takers$388,422-50%412-361$943$56,773,2037Sony / Screen Gems
7Despicable Me$347,705-21%353-110$985$246,557,45514Universal
8Never Let Me Go$345,74185%167124$2,070$1,149,7044Fox Searchlight
9Salt$236,285-18%266-22$888$117,923,11112Sony / Columbia
10The Other Guys$194,727-56%289-277$674$118,020,51610Sony / Columbia
11Mao's Last Dancer$183,230-30%121-16$1,514$3,737,3488Samuel Goldwyn
12Nanny McPhee Returns$149,415-32%318-163$470$28,725,4508Universal
13Lottery Ticket$144,773-40%194-108$746$24,452,6618Warner Bros.
14Eat Pray Love$140,050-56%215-183$651$80,006,9969Sony / Columbia
15The Expendables$124,292-46%225-185$552$102,734,8939Lionsgate
16Grown Ups$106,910-34%159-71$672$161,801,26816Sony / Columbia
17Vampires Suck$103,638-29%190-71$545$36,515,1888Fox
19Dinner for Schmucks$100,482-39%159-102$632$72,980,10811Paramount / DreamWorks
20The American$85,672-59%174-200$492$35,375,7686Focus
21Get Low$85,354-53%143-128$597$8,800,25111Sony Pictures Classics
22The Sorcerer's Apprentice$68,421-41%109-61$628$63,017,28813Disney
23Going the Distance (2010)$65,47867%19675$334$17,748,0276Warner Bros. / New Line
24Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$54,545-55%119-69$458$43,516,17711Warner Bros.
25Ramona and Beezus$48,672-40%106-55$459$26,039,04812Fox
26The Switch (2010)$36,446-63%103-139$354$27,505,6938Miramax

Platform (1 — 99)

1You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$270,17526%7445$3,651$860,8483Sony Pictures Classics
3Hubble 3D$167,85635%602$2,798$16,449,78630Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Anjaana Anjaani$117,733-77%910$1,294$726,2712Eros
5Stone$75,766--6--$12,628$75,7661Relativity / Overture
6Jack Goes Boating$56,215-44%9011$625$372,3054Relativity / Overture
7Nowhere Boy$52,749--4--$13,187$52,7491Weinstein Company
8Under the Sea 3D$50,84674%180$2,825$24,410,19987Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Inside Job$39,649--2--$19,825$39,6491Sony Pictures Classics
11The Girl Who Played With Fire$39,353-28%56-22$703$7,476,30114Music Box
12The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$38,013-45%83-58$458$300,476,77915Summit
13I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$32,064--12--$2,672$32,0641Anchor Bay
14Piranha 3D$29,303-55%54-41$543$24,950,3098Weinstein Company
16Cairo Time$23,040-48%49-22$470$1,535,86410IFC
17Winter's Bone$21,989-51%52-20$423$6,166,88318Roadside Attractions
18Enter the Void$21,260-15%93$2,362$137,0443IFC Films
19What If...$20,674-17%326$646$623,6748Five & Two Pictures
20Last Train Home$20,19123%123$1,683$154,7946Zeitgeist Films
21The Kids Are All Right$19,973-54%31-33$644$20,775,49414Focus
22Tamara Drewe$18,604--1--$18,604$18,6041Sony Pictures Classics
23The Tillman Story$17,508-28%24-3$730$666,8228Weinstein Company
26Step Up 3D$15,361-28%17-9$904$42,240,87010Disney
28I Am Love$12,669-29%14-4$905$4,939,30817Magnolia
29Kings of Pastry$12,554-15%61$2,092$101,0524First Run
30The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$12,1635%10-4$1,216$545,88810National Geographic
31Fool for Love (2010)$10,358-37%6-2$1,726$149,6975Variance Films
32GhettoPhysics$10,087--9--$1,121$10,0871IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
33Animal Kingdom$9,746-31%26-6$375$918,0909Sony Pictures Classics
34The Concert$8,306-60%10-11$831$631,95412Weinstein Company
36Mademoiselle Chambon$7,803-53%7-8$1,115$466,40520Lorber
37Mesrine: Killer Instinct$7,17562%103$718$499,5717Music Box
38Flipped$6,940-55%18-17$386$1,752,21410Warner Bros.
39A Film Unfinished$6,233-71%4-12$1,558$235,0668Oscilloscope
41Soul Kitchen$6,013-56%20-3$301$250,0598IFC
43Lebanon$5,199-42%232$226$339,82752Sony Pictures Classics
44Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$5,142542%2-2$2,571$34,6084Collective Eye
45Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$5,05017%20$2,525$23,320,794158National Geographic
46I'm Still Here$4,808-58%11-8$437$399,1835Magnolia
47Cyrus$4,23142%115$385$7,455,44717Fox Searchlight
48Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$4,104-64%7-1$586$103,5045Lorber
49Leaves of Grass$3,801-51%3-3$1,267$68,0094First Look
50A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$3,526-62%11-8$321$159,2456Sony Pictures Classics
51Lovely, Still$3,024-75%6-5$504$95,6735Monterey Media
52Stonewall Uprising$2,901657%21$1,451$126,46917First Run Features
53Micmacs$2,86824%7-2$410$1,254,92720Sony Classics
54Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$2,729-15%6-1$455$235,1846Music Box
55Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$2,60351%50$521$393,18316Sony Pictures Classics
56Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$2,520-63%8-6$315$1,722,25818Sony Pictures Classics
57The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$2,28276%10$2,282$122,59027International Film Circuit
58Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$1,977-75%2-5$989$439,90823Kino International
59Winnebago Man$1,91644%50$383$174,80214Kino International
60My Dog Tulip$1,652-54%1-1$1,652$70,4346New Yorker Films
61The Extra Man$1,580-71%6-3$263$442,71811Magnolia
62As Good As Dead$1,494--1--$1,494$1,4941First Look
63Exit Through the Gift Shop$1,471-57%20$736$3,278,51426Producers Distribution Agency
64The Disappearance of Alice Creed$1,320-49%2-1$660$164,09310Anchor Bay
66Behind the Burly Q$1,240--1--$1,240$23,78725First Run Features
67Hideaway (2009)$1,049341%1--$1,049$25,8155Strand
68The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$1,03891%40$260$10,072,23330Music Box
69Around a Small Mountain$765--1--$765$28,13914Cinema Guild
70The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$719-71%2-4$360$6,389,02026Sony Pictures Classics
71Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$714549%10$714$57,65216Kino International
72Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?$694-69%2-1$347$29,8045Lorber
73Please Give$560-42%1-7$560$4,031,46724Sony Pictures Classics
74Mother and Child$49447%21$247$1,109,78023Sony Pictures Classics
75John Rabe$402-50%10$402$67,25521Strand
76Everyone Else$393--1--$393$99,80069Cinema Guild
77GasLand$273-92%10$273$27,8194International WOW
78Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$227-58%10$227$18,9549First Run Features