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, Jun. 9 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$2,865,148-3%4,38619$653$191,467,7913Paramount / DreamWorks
2Get Him to the Greek$2,238,3352%2,697--$830$24,502,2901Universal
3Killers$1,613,663-6%2,859--$564$20,744,6631Lionsgate
4Sex and the City 2$1,558,000-5%3,4450$452$77,758,0002Warner Bros. / New Line
5Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$1,512,795-6%3,6460$415$64,279,7742Disney
6Marmaduke$1,265,6130%3,213--$394$15,127,1621Fox
7Iron Man 2$848,0312%3,007-797$282$293,907,5915Paramount
8Splice$673,000-12%2,450--$275$9,608,0001Warner Bros
9Robin Hood$598,5550%2,599-774$230$96,264,1154Universal
10Letters to Juliet$448,9670%1,962-863$229$44,600,6634Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Date Night$86,2987%658-468$131$95,577,0799Fox
2Just Wright$70,1160%518-677$135$20,410,8164Fox Searchlight
3How to Train Your Dragon$59,4396%343-482$173$214,042,99211Paramount / DreamWorks
4Raajneeti$43,000-23%111--$387$990,0001UTV Communications
5Babies$42,45315%146-155$291$6,641,0305Focus
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid$39,9190%244-39$164$63,172,82512Fox
7City Island$35,09111%177-24$198$5,362,73612Anchor Bay
8A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$21,000-9%294-597$71$62,484,0006Warner Bros. / New Line
9Hot Tub Time Machine$19,0000%203-161$94$50,270,00011MGM
10The Losers$19,000-5%206123$92$23,455,0007Warner Bros.
11Clash of the Titans (2010)$16,000-16%134-91$119$161,612,00010Warner Bros.
12MacGruber$15,045-11%177-2369$85$8,511,4403Universal / Rogue
13The Ghost Writer$12,0179%14789$82$15,473,26316Summit
14Shutter Island$11,8805%152-49$78$128,002,01016Paramount
15The Back-up Plan$11,445-8%153-238$75$36,826,5417CBS Films
16Furry Vengeance$9,4755%125-122$76$16,638,6406Summit
17Kick-Ass$9,258-10%117-46$79$47,672,2018Lionsgate
18Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$5,569-7%105-72$53$60,090,01210Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$75,0003%47-1$1,596$7,776,00012Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Solitary Man$18,9462%2216$861$490,3033Anchor Bay
3Avatar$12,77111%46-38$278$749,237,76125Fox
4Under the Sea 3D$9,700-43%17-1$571$22,348,00069Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$7,61914%81-27$94$88,665,12017Fox
6Princess Kaiulani$6,222-17%25-13$249$728,8174Roadside Attractions
7The Tooth Fairy$3,533-11%46-30$77$60,005,54120Fox
8The Secret of Kells$2,559-27%24-1$107$579,24314GKIDS
9The Square (2010)$1,86146%172$109$311,5519Apparition
10Letters to God$331-6%9-5$37$2,843,7689Vivendi
11The Joneses$232280%7-1$33$1,439,0278Roadside Attractions