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. 23 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 23 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$13,458,691-11%4,028--$3,341$154,495,1781Disney
2Knight and Day$3,810,649--3,043--$1,252$3,810,6490Fox
3The Karate Kid (2010)$2,977,118-16%3,6630$813$117,088,7342Sony / Columbia
4The A-Team$1,381,096-25%3,5449$390$55,461,3212Fox
5Shrek Forever After$815,411-9%3,207-661$254$225,536,2875Paramount / DreamWorks
6Get Him to the Greek$785,070-25%2,379-323$330$50,702,5403Universal
7Killers$577,998-28%2,619-240$221$41,418,3993Lionsgate
8Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$571,042-18%2,277-831$251$82,716,0374Disney
9Jonah Hex$444,000-31%2,825--$157$7,117,0001Warner Bros.
10Sex and the City 2$402,000-16%1,680-1070$239$91,443,0004Warner Bros. / New Line
11Marmaduke$304,919-22%1,748-1465$174$28,722,5423Fox
12Iron Man 2$300,013-10%1,612-693$186$305,185,1647Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 23 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Letters to Juliet$117,845-27%806-525$146$49,005,3916Summit
2Robin Hood$111,285-36%803-1092$139$102,525,6206Universal
3Splice$78,000-40%944-1506$83$15,909,0003Warner Bros
4How to Train Your Dragon$62,75282%213-68$295$214,889,30713Paramount / DreamWorks
5Date Night$45,156-15%298-132$152$97,031,82811Fox
6Solitary Man$40,773-21%10754$381$1,559,0945Anchor Bay
7Clash of the Titans (2010)$36,000-8%267-66$135$162,496,00012Warner Bros.
8Furry Vengeance$25,815-10%235-33$110$17,134,4028Summit
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid$22,354-2%146-56$153$63,609,95614Fox
10A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$22,000-4%228103$96$62,800,0008Warner Bros. / New Line
11Raavan$21,678-28%120--$181$557,6921Reliance Big Pictures
12City Island$20,802-20%133-26$156$6,003,18314Anchor Bay
13The Back-up Plan$15,049-22%16654$91$37,101,3199CBS Films
14Kick-Ass$13,613-12%157-21$87$47,993,54210Lionsgate
15Just Wright$10,953-35%158-121$69$21,131,5526Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 23 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$75,000-3%502$1,500$8,854,00014Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Winter's Bone$37,095-8%3935$951$591,3932Roadside Attractions
3Cyrus$19,153-13%4--$4,788$245,8901Fox Searchlight
4Babies$18,0304%97-49$186$7,131,9307Focus
5Avatar$13,593-15%14-12$971$749,475,96327Fox
6Under the Sea 3D$10,893-33%150$726$22,538,31171Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Princess Kaiulani$2,854-11%16-10$178$817,9056Roadside Attractions
8The Secret of Kells$2,48648%15-5$166$625,83516GKIDS
9The Square (2010)$1,863-12%12-5$155$359,48411Apparition
10The Joneses$1,38268%7-1$197$1,459,96310Roadside Attractions
11Racing Dreams$64-16%2--$32$43,7215Hanover House