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. 30 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 30 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$68,533,840--4,416--$15,519$68,533,8400Summit
2Toy Story 3$7,315,449-11%4,0280$1,816$251,344,6632Disney
3Grown Ups$4,089,557-11%3,534--$1,157$54,486,6461Sony / Columbia
4The Karate Kid (2010)$1,791,851-15%3,291-372$544$141,831,3673Sony / Columbia
5Knight and Day$1,756,549-17%3,09855$567$33,477,3371Fox
6The A-Team$712,643-14%2,585-959$276$65,459,3853Fox
7Shrek Forever After$500,220-5%2,340-867$214$231,079,4966Paramount / DreamWorks
8Get Him to the Greek$322,975-31%1,267-1112$255$55,979,2454Universal
9Iron Man 2$175,166-3%1,169-443$150$307,493,5168Paramount
10Killers$129,916-49%1,093-1526$119$44,616,0164Lionsgate
11Jonah Hex$107,138-54%2,8250$38$9,772,4672Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 30 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$258,051-32%869-1408$297$87,221,5485Disney
2Letters to Juliet$249,814124%509-297$491$49,967,8217Summit
3Sex and the City 2$118,436-41%901-779$131$93,585,3195Warner Bros. / New Line
4How to Train Your Dragon$92,083-17%333120$277$215,714,81414Paramount / DreamWorks
5Marmaduke$73,759-55%481-1267$153$30,403,4334Fox
6Robin Hood$52,080-40%372-431$140$103,531,1357Universal
7Solitary Man$42,514-22%17770$240$2,217,4846Anchor Bay
8Furry Vengeance$29,22753%157-78$186$17,350,3959Summit
9Date Night$28,453-18%286-12$99$97,416,12612Fox
10Clash of the Titans (2010)$24,029-9%226-41$106$162,773,68013Warner Bros.
11Splice$19,687-45%340-604$58$16,321,1484Warner Bros
12City Island$13,960-18%105-28$133$6,202,13615Anchor Bay
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid$13,243-14%105-41$126$63,733,34715Fox
14The Back-up Plan$12,441-38%147-19$85$37,291,63210CBS Films
15A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$11,473-9%172-56$67$62,939,3819Warner Bros. / New Line
16Just Wright$7,845-28%111-47$71$21,248,9137Fox Searchlight
17Kick-Ass$6,456-11%102-55$63$48,064,42211Lionsgate
18Raavan$5,324-47%115-5$46$685,8022Reliance Big Pictures

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 30 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$71,92010%500$1,438$9,361,54315Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Winter's Bone$51,705-8%7031$739$1,221,9033Roadside Attractions
3Cyrus$35,627-4%1713$2,096$677,8292Fox Searchlight
4Under the Sea 3D$12,344-12%13-2$950$22,623,82772Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Babies$8,836-35%64-33$138$7,229,3238Focus
6Avatar$4,333-65%151$289$749,561,61228Fox
7The Square (2010)$2,09317%8-4$262$385,42512Apparition
8The Secret of Kells$1,743-3%150$116$643,09617GKIDS
9Racing Dreams$1,306528%31$435$46,6606Hanover House
10Princess Kaiulani$633-57%8-8$79$829,4957Roadside Attractions
11The Joneses$4792%3-4$160$69,00411Roadside Attractions