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 Sun, May. 16 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 2$14,277,492-37%4,39010$3,252$211,200,8762Paramount
2Robin Hood$9,160,000-34%3,503--$2,615$36,063,0001Universal
3Letters to Juliet$3,185,530-41%2,968--$1,073$13,540,4861Summit
4Just Wright$1,993,059-42%1,831--$1,089$8,284,9891Fox Searchlight
5How to Train Your Dragon$1,393,362-41%2,620-1760$532$207,647,6968Paramount / DreamWorks
6A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$1,080,000-47%3,075-257$351$56,067,0003Warner Bros. / New Line
7Date Night$795,059-56%2,481-253$320$86,522,6226Fox
8Furry Vengeance$670,076-36%2,695-307$249$15,089,0703Summit
9The Back-up Plan$547,692-48%2,497-506$219$34,124,7824CBS Films
10Clash of the Titans (2010)$325,000-42%1,300-857$250$160,128,0007Warner Bros.
11Death at a Funeral (2010)$297,913-42%1,062-644$281$40,495,9645Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Babies$293,949-28%5439$541$3,881,2162Focus
2Oceans$225,386-23%973-259$232$17,669,4504Disneynature
3Kick-Ass$148,818-35%609-1150$244$46,616,2325Lionsgate
4The Last Song$128,523-47%802-501$160$61,240,3887Disney
5Alice in Wonderland (2010)$122,688-40%403-179$304$331,533,91511Disney
6The Losers$114,000-45%701-1749$163$22,761,0004Warner Bros.
7City Island$110,408-49%2536$436$3,608,5609Anchor Bay
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$106,328-42%468-157$227$61,978,6949Fox
9Avatar$95,611-38%279-49$343$748,468,37322Fox
10Hot Tub Time Machine$83,000-38%458-344$181$49,185,0008MGM
11Shutter Island$68,045-50%310121$220$127,213,67013Paramount
12The Bounty Hunter$46,484-54%293-169$159$65,037,8169Sony / Columbia
13Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$44,962-45%281-123$160$59,681,3857Lionsgate
14Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$35,305-37%209-12$169$88,354,45014Fox
15She's Out of My League$33,215-74%206-55$161$31,584,72210Paramount
16The Ghost Writer$27,259-53%150-81$182$15,084,11413Summit
17The Tooth Fairy$22,852-42%132-28$173$59,828,42717Fox
18Our Family Wedding$18,703-32%103-16$182$20,092,23910Fox Searchlight
19The Crazies$13,092-52%111-38$118$39,103,37812Overture

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$78,000-34%480$1,625$5,743,0009Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Princess Kaiulani$58,392-15%33--$1,769$186,9801Roadside Attractions
3Greenberg$12,144-41%77-37$158$4,155,3109Focus
4The Secret of Kells$8,603-7%264$331$460,92611GKIDS
5Under the Sea 3D$8,100-38%184$450$21,979,00066Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Letters to God$7,400-33%75-37$99$2,794,0006Vivendi
7The Joneses$6,633-46%56-12$118$1,400,4865Roadside Attractions
8The Runaways$6,029-24%49-16$123$3,528,4549Apparition
9Cop Out$6,000-45%53-38$113$44,867,00012Warner Bros.
10Brooklyn's Finest$4,224-38%64-49$66$27,154,42611Overture
11Crazy Heart$3,986-56%50-25$80$39,436,62322Fox Searchlight
12The Square (2010)$3,980-46%14-3$284$242,4526Apparition
13Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo$2,0005%0----$01Argot Pictures
14Here and There (Tamo i Ovde)$1,486-45%1--$1,486$6,3521Cinema Purgatorio
15The Blind Side$700-30%11-14$64$255,950,00026Warner Bros.