'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, Dec. 30 - Sun, Jan. 1

Wide (1000+)

1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$29,421,8790%3,4557$8,516$132,406,0863Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$20,881,4203%3,7030$5,639$130,903,7463Warner Bros.
3Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$16,369,79930%3,724-10$4,396$92,729,1343Fox
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$14,824,57716%2,9140$5,087$55,584,8812Sony / Columbia
5War Horse$14,422,72992%2,547171$5,663$40,451,7722Disney / DreamWorks
6We Bought a Zoo$13,238,24141%3,16346$4,185$40,725,5582Fox
7The Adventures of Tintin$11,436,16018%3,0870$3,705$47,475,1472Paramount
8New Year's Eve$6,334,30091%2,225-360$2,847$45,999,3504Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$4,163,24139%2,3273$1,789$13,137,9632Summit
10The Muppets$2,662,19124%1,541-211$1,728$82,529,4526Disney
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$2,060,94241%1,411-192$1,461$275,530,7387Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$1,673,796-4%1,348-438$1,242$26,317,8574Fox
13Arthur Christmas$683,168-67%1,343-461$509$45,820,2356Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Descendants$3,396,12964%758-55$4,480$39,420,7757Fox Searchlight
3Young Adult$2,092,63320%9870$2,120$12,061,7714Paramount
4The Artist$1,310,77048%1670$7,849$5,044,3446Weinstein Company
5My Week with Marilyn$925,34965%63028$1,469$8,935,7216Weinstein Company
6Puss in Boots (2011)$752,23383%3890$1,934$145,483,66110Paramount / DreamWorks
7Don 2$531,620-68%1676$3,183$3,174,4262Reliance Big Entertainment
8Happy Feet Two$397,00381%525-10$756$60,808,1687Warner Bros.
9Tower Heist$253,00584%253-30$1,000$76,733,9159Universal
10J. Edgar$245,62473%4550$540$36,572,6058Warner Bros.
11Real Steel$240,39976%2270$1,059$84,493,24113Disney / DreamWorks
12Moneyball$205,19379%2508$821$74,961,64215Sony / Columbia
13Jack and Jill$188,9382%222-163$851$71,697,6488Sony / Columbia
14Courageous$152,53168%181-11$843$34,035,92014Sony / TriStar
15Dolphin Tale$152,126100%1880$809$71,963,79215Warner Bros.
16Immortals$125,3704%2280$550$82,656,9998Relativity Media
17A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$98,513-12%2450$402$34,895,0369Warner Bros. / New Line
18In Time$89,670100%123-8$729$37,046,29510Fox
19Footloose (2011)$88,848108%1820$488$51,581,66412Paramount
20The Ides of March$83,71190%143-2$585$40,825,61213Sony / Columbia
21Paranormal Activity 3$53,54478%1240$432$103,993,23911Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$1,085,44451%572$19,043$3,955,7624Focus
2A Dangerous Method$299,74152%613$4,914$1,577,7576Sony Pictures Classics
3The Iron Lady$220,409--4--$55,102$220,4091Weinstein Company
4Shame$200,29162%555$3,642$1,965,8745Fox Searchlight
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$110,77553%60$18,463$313,0492Warner Bros.
6Carnage (2011)$93,16160%125$7,763$348,6053Sony Pictures Classics
7Born to Be Wild 3D$89,351178%490$1,823$15,147,62939Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Hubble 3D$84,150149%150$5,610$30,470,81694Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Pina$71,6235%30$23,874$228,9922IFC Films
10Melancholia$63,08853%63-3$1,001$2,517,5068Magnolia Pictures
11A Separation$59,481--3--$19,827$59,4811Sony Pictures Classics
12The Way$56,830108%4720$1,209$4,170,05813Producers Distribution Agency
13Pariah (2011)$48,579--4--$12,145$84,9861Focus
14The Help$37,98090%650$584$169,499,54621Disney / DreamWorks
15Under the Sea 3D$27,998222%6-4$4,666$30,311,995151Warner Bros. / IMAX
16The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$26,505-55%16-4$1,657$708,2366Warner Bros.
17Drive (2011)$24,518106%25-1$981$34,833,04716FilmDistrict
18Margin Call$23,64513%29-1$815$5,246,36611Roadside Attractions
19The Skin I Live In$22,21049%28-6$793$3,042,10812Sony Pictures Classics
20Midnight in Paris$17,66554%23-5$768$56,377,73233Sony Pictures Classics
21The Women on the 6th Floor$12,001104%71$1,714$461,68913Strand Releasing
22Like Crazy$9,531-13%300$318$3,367,99810Paramount Vantage
23In the Land of Blood and Honey$9,479-50%2-1$4,740$49,1422FilmDistrict
24Take Shelter$9,02274%20-4$451$1,671,20214Sony Pictures Classics
25Martha Marcy May Marlene$8,59141%14-4$614$2,909,21611Fox Searchlight
26Mozart's Sister$7,299479%96$811$684,49620Music Box Films
27Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$5,126-37%7-6$732$242,06511Submarine Deluxe
28The Lion King 3D$4,48874%7-3$641$94,233,35116Disney
29My Reincarnation$3,035-51%3-2$1,012$54,77710Long Shot Factory
30Garbo: The Spy$2,711--2--$1,356$19,8497First Run Features
31The Guard$2,57186%4-2$643$5,336,14423Sony Pictures Classics
32Eames: The Architect and the Painter$2,38661%50$477$136,6117First Run Features
33Young Goethe In Love$1,894451%53$379$101,2379Music Box Films
34The Man Nobody Knew$1,787--2--$894$168,93615First Run Features
35Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$1,716-31%3-2$572$845,18826International Film Circuit
36The Whale$1,615457%32$538$61,12017Paladin
37Higher Ground$1,560243%4-1$390$841,05619Sony Pictures Classics
38Miss Minoes (2011 re-issue)$1,489-22%30$496$5,9472Music Box Films
39Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$1,427154%20$714$85,5038Variance Films
40Rid of Me$1,21446%10$1,214$9,2297Submarine Entertainment
41Blackthorn$1,122-23%4-1$281$187,50113Magnolia Pictures
42Outrage$923-16%10$923$30,4405Magnolia / Magnet
43OKA!$684584%10$684$14,08312Dada Films
44Paul Goodman Changed My Life$566--1--$566$25,02011Zeitgeist Films
45Jane's Journey$54638%1-1$546$22,64716First Run Features
46Inni$495200%21$248$117,54810Cinema Purgatorio
47Amigo$415--2--$208$180,58220Variance Films
48Angels Crest$407--1--$407$4071Magnolia Pictures