Grosses

'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

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, May. 12 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 2$6,951,326-17%4,380--$1,587$152,821,0231Paramount
2A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$693,000-14%3,3320$208$50,771,0002Warner Bros. / New Line
3Date Night$432,204-7%2,734-359$158$82,275,0595Fox
4How to Train Your Dragon$410,312-6%3,003-423$137$202,241,4917Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Back-up Plan$409,901-12%3,003-277$136$31,342,1133CBS Films
6Clash of the Titans (2010)$222,000-5%2,157-580$103$158,675,0006Warner Bros.
7The Losers$211,000-1%2,450-486$86$22,100,0003Warner Bros.
8Kick-Ass$208,9302%1,759-783$119$45,882,2754Lionsgate
9Death at a Funeral (2010)$208,026-6%1,706-565$122$39,159,4434Sony / Screen Gems
10Oceans$199,992-10%1,23222$162$16,714,3423Disneynature
11Furry Vengeance$189,151-14%3,0025$63$12,665,8242Summit
12The Last Song$87,491-11%1,303-973$67$60,607,5076Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Babies$191,9567%534--$359$2,708,8841Focus
2Hot Tub Time Machine$71,000-4%802-310$89$48,808,0007MGM
3City Island$61,5400%247-22$249$3,116,0658Anchor Bay
4Alice in Wonderland (2010)$58,095-5%582-468$100$331,034,94610Disney
5Avatar$46,666-1%328-59$142$748,083,86121Fox
6Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$27,755-7%404-323$69$59,483,0206Lionsgate
7The Ghost Writer$22,9446%231-105$99$14,944,19612Summit
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$21,987-1%625-541$35$61,569,9708Fox
9She's Out of My League$14,043-2%26118$54$31,325,3159Paramount
10Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$11,5834%221-44$52$88,219,52913Fox
11Greenberg$11,574-19%114-29$102$4,098,6008Focus
12Shutter Island$11,266-15%189-61$60$126,910,98912Paramount
13Our Family Wedding$8,6011%11921$72$20,021,5659Fox Searchlight
14The Tooth Fairy$8,307-1%160-26$52$59,737,78016Fox
15The Crazies$7,62211%149-48$51$39,039,48911Overture
16Letters to God$5,8005%112-87$52$2,763,0005Vivendi
17Brooklyn's Finest$4,3740%113-33$39$27,134,55910Overture

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$78,0001%48-1$1,625$5,315,0008Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$13,0000%182$722$21,921,00065Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Joneses$6,552-4%68-55$96$1,367,3564Roadside Attractions
4Crazy Heart$6,0184%75-43$80$39,412,50721Fox Searchlight
5The Runaways$5,32711%65-57$82$3,502,8638Apparition
6Cop Out$3,400-3%91-50$37$44,840,00011Warner Bros.
7The Book of Eli$3,30010%61-16$54$94,832,00017Warner Bros.
8Remember Me$2,665-22%76-42$35$19,065,1649Summit
9The Square (2010)$2,63212%17-7$155$224,9975Apparition
10The Secret of Kells$2,01431%22-15$92$435,20410GKIDS
11The Blind Side$700-30%25-21$28$255,947,00025Warner Bros.
12That Evening Sun$28923%4--$72$278,26227Freestyle