'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, Jul. 22 - Sun, Jul. 24

Wide (1000+)

1Captain America: The First Avenger$65,058,524--3,715--$17,512$65,058,5241Paramount
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$47,422,212-72%4,3750$10,839$273,539,2812Warner Bros.
3Friends With Benefits$18,622,150--2,926--$6,364$18,622,1501Sony / Screen Gems
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$12,051,735-43%3,375-542$3,571$325,841,1854Paramount / DreamWorks
5Horrible Bosses$11,884,319-33%3,104-30$3,829$82,566,7033Warner Bros. / New Line
6Zookeeper$8,702,055-29%3,215-267$2,707$59,206,2553Sony / Columbia
7Cars 2$5,655,857-33%2,668-581$2,120$176,375,2955Disney
8Winnie the Pooh$5,162,046-34%2,4050$2,146$17,594,2972Disney
9Bad Teacher$2,610,925-49%2,034-625$1,284$94,365,6885Sony / Columbia
10Larry Crowne$1,019,475-62%1,035-1252$985$34,327,4054Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1Midnight in Paris$1,804,662-4%621-85$2,906$44,783,20610Sony Pictures Classics
3Mr. Popper's Penguins$935,068-32%591-411$1,582$63,500,8206Fox
4Super 8$760,042-61%658-801$1,155$124,235,1027Paramount
5Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$670,258-30%1000$6,703$2,003,9302Eros International
6The Tree of Life$555,573-11%230-5$2,416$11,038,1509Fox Searchlight
7Monte Carlo$475,973-64%360-809$1,322$21,772,5884Fox
9Green Lantern$381,612-72%421-552$906$113,920,2096Warner Bros.
10X-Men: First Class$348,046-45%295-175$1,180$144,210,3648Fox
12Kung Fu Panda 2$317,481-31%250-104$1,270$160,776,0839Paramount / DreamWorks
13Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$311,464-37%246-127$1,266$238,021,77310Disney
14Rio (2011)$304,210-6%210-31$1,449$142,579,55115Fox
15The Hangover Part II$298,592-41%275-180$1,086$252,459,3099Warner Bros.
16Buck$266,508-12%123-14$2,167$2,679,2306IFC Films
17A Better Life$215,376-36%182-34$1,183$1,413,9605Summit
18Fast Five$169,650-21%174-38$975$209,445,77513Universal
19Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$136,277-5%190-24$717$14,660,0057Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

1Born to Be Wild 3D$247,04528%480$5,147$9,719,34316Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Le Sens de l'humour$218,580-30%87-2$2,512$2,085,3813Alliance Films
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$200,33349%6137$3,284$411,1332Fox Searchlight
4Singham$161,064--50--$3,221$161,0641Reliance Big Pictures
5Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$145,2565%5432$2,690$595,7283Sony Pictures Classics
6The Trip (2011)$129,61237%465$2,818$1,269,9257IFC Films
7Hubble 3D$121,4176%27-4$4,497$27,020,08971Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Tabloid$121,05733%3117$3,905$263,5232IFC Films
9Sarah's Key$115,708--5--$23,142$115,7081Weinstein Company
10Page One: Inside the New York Times$95,671-25%652$1,472$762,6846Magnolia Pictures
11Terri$87,67913%366$2,436$372,1934IDP/ATO Pictures
12Another Earth$77,740--4--$19,435$77,7401Fox Searchlight
13Water for Elephants$66,121-25%91-29$727$58,594,03414Fox
14Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$57,000171%87$7,125$130,8373International Film Circuit
15Cave of Forgotten Dreams$54,4108%38-10$1,432$5,032,51513IFC Films
16Project Nim$50,1452%19-3$2,639$171,2273Roadside Attractions
17Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$49,136-5%100$4,914$3,667,749633D Entertainment
18Under the Sea 3D$47,76132%13-1$3,674$29,275,057128Warner Bros. / IMAX
19A Little Help$44,870--24--$1,870$44,8701Freestyle Releasing
20Incendies$40,36114%29-9$1,392$6,708,35914Sony Pictures Classics
22Delhi Belly$35,947-66%25-42$1,438$1,501,7654UTV Communications
23Something Borrowed$29,322-61%47-27$624$39,026,18612Warner Bros.
24The Double Hour$29,14742%20-2$1,457$1,426,69215IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
25Bride Flight$25,974-7%170$1,528$365,1277Music Box Films
26Turtle: The Incredible Journey$25,84174%124$2,153$258,3835Hannover House
27The Undefeated (2011)$24,664-62%144$1,762$101,3822Cinedigm
28Submarine$21,376141%184$1,188$426,9048Weinstein Company
29Space Station 3D$20,020--1--$20,020$84,008,246484IMAX
30Life, Above All$15,57113%105$1,557$39,1682Sony Pictures Classics
31Passione: A Musical Adventure$14,44112%40$3,610$115,0715Abramorama
32Queen to Play$13,88610%123$1,157$448,57917Zeitgeist Films
33Gerry (2011)$13,267-34%11-12$1,206$1,888,6776Entertainment One Films
34Bill Cunningham New York$11,13414%60$1,856$1,436,71019Zeitgeist Films
35Trollhunter$10,305-1%211$491$193,3877Magnolia / Magnet
36The Names of Love$9,788-57%8-4$1,224$180,0495Music Box Films
37The Myth of the American Sleepover$8,700--1--$8,700$8,7001IFC Films
38Meek's Cutoff$6,796-50%5-8$1,359$948,50616Oscilloscope
39In a Better World$6,512-24%8-2$814$947,86717Sony Pictures Classics
40If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$6,272-9%50$1,254$45,1015Oscilloscope
41Everything Must Go$5,99916%9-3$667$2,686,76611Roadside Attractions
42The Conspirator$5,95422%100$595$11,529,67415Roadside Attractions
43The Tree$5,89318%42$1,473$12,8242Zeitgeist Films
44Rapt$5,79119%32$1,930$25,8683Lorber Films
45Winter in Wartime$5,2301889%54$1,046$537,02919Sony Pictures Classics
46Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (2011 re-issue)$5,051--1--$5,051$7,5781The Film Desk
47The Woman with the 5 Elephants$4,988--1--$4,988$6,6771Cinema Guild
4813 Assassins$4,818-31%8-9$602$784,98613Magnolia / Magnet
49The Last Mountain$3,848-52%3-2$1,283$105,2828Dada Films
50Viva Riva!$3,641929%43$910$50,4927Music Box Films
51Road to Nowhere$3,609247%51$722$33,3277Monterey Media
52The Sleeping Beauty$3,234-9%20$1,617$19,4653Strand Releasing
53The Perfect Host$2,488164%31$829$20,5344Magnolia Pictures
54Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$2,283-71%2-3$1,142$247,2355Abramorama
55Rejoice and Shout$2,255-52%4-3$564$85,9798Magnolia Pictures
56Trigun: Badlands Rumble$2,113-48%20$1,057$48,2573Eleven Arts
57The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$2,107-35%3-1$702$147,28817Lorber Films
58Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,047--2--$1,024$229,62045Collective Eye
59Hobo with a Shotgun$1,966-6%50$393$698,26512Magnolia / Magnet
60The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$1,942-42%1-1$1,942$43,1295Rialto Pictures
61The Arbor$1,511130%21$756$15,99613Strand Releasing
62Bbuddah...Hoga Terra Baap$1,405--5--$281$325,5934Viva Entertainment
63Small Town Murder Songs$1,187-56%2-1$594$29,0629Monterey Media
6435 and Ticking$1,078-68%3-2$359$93,03210Image Entertainment
65Hesher$1,004-58%2-1$502$380,20911Wrekin Hill Entertainment
66Salvation Boulevard$968-87%2-2$484$14,0482IFC Films
67Poetry$853--1--$853$351,01124Kino International
68Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$83066%10$830$180,79821Strand Releasing
69Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$816--1--$816$46,65328Kino International
70Summer (2011 re-issue)$801--1--$801$26,3047The Film Desk
71Into Eternity$600-15%1-2$600$53,69825International Film Circuit
72Potiche$520-32%10$520$1,614,33518Music Box Films
73Daylight (2011)$519-46%10$519$2,0522Cinema Purgatorio
74Double Dhamaal$470--2--$235$543,3225Reliance Big Pictures
76Circo$351--1--$351$73,44017First Run Features
77Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$329--1--$329$30,08511First Run Features
78The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$262-65%2-2$131$630,55314Sony Pictures Classics
79Film Socialisme$215-92%1-1$215$27,1778Lorber Films
80Blank City$202-74%10$202$116,03716Insurgent Releasing
81The Music Never Stopped$193--4--$48$255,77319Roadside Attractions