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, Jun. 6 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$8,199,763-24%4,38619$1,870$183,229,4533Paramount / DreamWorks
2Get Him to the Greek$4,868,000-24%2,697--$1,805$17,571,0001Universal
3Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$4,083,535-29%3,6460$1,120$59,621,7212Disney
4Killers$3,932,224-37%2,859--$1,375$15,837,2661Lionsgate
5Marmaduke$3,446,497-27%3,213--$1,073$11,599,6611Fox
6Sex and the City 2$3,283,000-30%3,4450$953$73,128,0002Warner Bros. / New Line
7Iron Man 2$2,247,495-35%3,007-797$747$291,429,8705Paramount
8Splice$1,890,000-32%2,450--$771$7,385,0001Warner Bros
9Robin Hood$1,546,000-34%2,599-774$595$94,496,0004Universal
10Letters to Juliet$820,110-35%1,962-863$418$43,337,8364Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Raajneeti$246,000-30%111--$2,216$850,0001UTV Communications
2Just Wright$182,845-49%518-677$353$20,193,7784Fox Searchlight
3Date Night$168,922-52%658-468$257$95,334,4529Fox
4How to Train Your Dragon$147,310-28%343-482$429$213,883,14311Paramount / DreamWorks
5City Island$87,622-44%177-24$495$5,272,44412Anchor Bay
6Babies$86,895-14%181-120$480$6,529,1795Focus
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid$58,760-33%244-39$241$63,067,07912Fox
8The Bounty Hunter$57,028-32%249-38$229$65,958,84612Sony / Columbia
9A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$51,000-44%294-597$173$62,412,0006Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Losers$38,000-28%206123$184$23,398,0007Warner Bros.
11Hot Tub Time Machine$36,000-27%203-161$177$50,214,00011MGM
12Clash of the Titans (2010)$32,000-41%134-91$239$161,562,00010Warner Bros.
13MacGruber$29,000-28%177-2369$164$8,461,0003Universal / Rogue
14The Ghost Writer$26,103-36%14789$178$15,441,07616Summit
15The Back-up Plan$23,688-45%153-238$155$36,793,6587CBS Films
16Kick-Ass$22,573-24%117-46$193$47,641,5618Lionsgate
17Shutter Island$22,492-32%152-49$148$127,968,40516Paramount
18Furry Vengeance$19,692-46%125-122$158$16,612,7926Summit
19Death at a Funeral (2010)$18,043-49%102-145$177$42,092,5148Sony / Screen Gems
20Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$13,273-38%105-72$126$60,072,59610Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$73,000-10%47-1$1,553$7,561,00012Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Solitary Man$48,449-43%2216$2,202$439,8893Anchor Bay
3Avatar$21,761-41%46-38$473$749,202,09025Fox
4Princess Kaiulani$15,339-5%25-13$614$708,2324Roadside Attractions
5Kites$14,647-29%58-118$253$1,602,4663Reliance Big Cinema
6Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$11,448-36%81-27$141$88,665,12017Fox
7Under the Sea 3D$9,000-18%17-1$529$22,301,00069Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Secret of Kells$8,2089%24-1$342$570,48714GKIDS
9The Tooth Fairy$5,465-19%46-30$119$59,995,00520Fox
10The Square (2010)$4,148-29%172$244$306,9789Apparition
11Letters to God$558-24%9--$62$2,842,8909Vivendi
12The Joneses$467-28%7-1$67$1,438,5938Roadside Attractions