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. 27 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$18,796,535-17%4,0280$4,666$226,889,3512Disney
2Grown Ups$11,436,627-22%3,534--$3,236$40,506,5621Sony / Columbia
3Knight and Day$5,775,186-28%3,098--$1,864$27,428,5131Fox
4The Karate Kid (2010)$4,551,394-27%3,74077$1,217$135,788,7213Sony / Columbia
5The A-Team$1,842,291-25%3,242-302$568$63,047,4323Fox
6Shrek Forever After$988,406-20%2,340-867$422$229,539,0896Paramount / DreamWorks
7Get Him to the Greek$962,985-19%2,189-403$440$54,616,4954Universal
8Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$724,787-37%1,851-754$392$86,221,8795Disney
9Killers$544,108-28%2,271-348$240$43,938,7544Lionsgate
10Jonah Hex$504,537-18%2,8250$179$9,171,0832Warner Bros.
11Iron Man 2$431,646-27%1,169-443$369$306,943,6478Paramount
12Marmaduke$267,858-32%1,110-1385$241$30,008,9414Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sex and the City 2$357,223-24%901-779$396$93,072,6155Warner Bros. / New Line
2Robin Hood$190,665-29%669-377$285$103,301,7707Universal
3How to Train Your Dragon$142,202-24%333120$427$215,422,52814Paramount / DreamWorks
4Solitary Man$139,885-35%17770$790$2,070,9156Anchor Bay
5Letters to Juliet$115,617-29%509-297$227$49,537,4297Summit
6Splice$69,836-28%340-604$205$16,229,1064Warner Bros
7Date Night$63,725-36%286-59$223$97,320,41912Fox
8Clash of the Titans (2010)$52,229-18%226-41$231$162,697,60813Warner Bros.
9City Island$43,104-27%105-28$411$6,156,28715Anchor Bay
10Death at a Funeral (2010)$41,166-27%156-5$264$42,594,45311Sony / Screen Gems
11Furry Vengeance$30,698-39%157-78$196$17,286,2759Summit
12The Back-up Plan$29,744-41%147-19$202$37,243,20210CBS Films
13Raavan$25,836-30%115-4$225$663,2862Reliance Big Pictures
14A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$25,721-15%172-56$150$62,902,1679Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Bounty Hunter$20,057-54%104-70$193$66,944,67815Sony / Columbia
16Just Wright$19,410-41%111-47$175$21,219,0927Fox Searchlight
17Diary of a Wimpy Kid$15,948-33%105-41$152$63,694,61815Fox
18Kick-Ass$11,480-10%102-55$113$48,043,50511Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Winter's Bone$136,851-26%7031$1,955$1,064,3083Roadside Attractions
2Cyrus$96,224-19%1713$5,660$566,2592Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$72,939-16%500$1,459$9,161,46415Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Avatar$15,059-24%15-2$1,004$749,535,57428Fox
5Babies$14,940-17%64-33$233$7,198,2848Focus
6Under the Sea 3D$9,965-31%13-2$767$22,587,88772Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Square (2010)$6,109-9%8-4$764$379,69712Apparition
8The Secret of Kells$3,8524%150$257$637,99517GKIDS
9Princess Kaiulani$2,005-23%8-8$251$826,6247Roadside Attractions
10The Joneses$1,214-30%3-4$405$1,465,19111Roadside Attractions
11Racing Dreams$426-5%31$142$44,7236Hanover House
12Letters to God$1451%2--$73$2,848,58712Vivendi