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, Jul. 14 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$7,159,885-12%3,476--$2,060$79,233,7701Universal
2The Sorcerer's Apprentice$3,873,997--3,385--$1,144$3,873,9970Disney
3The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$3,722,137-17%4,4680$833$247,931,7142Summit
4Toy Story 3$2,988,462-13%3,372-656$886$348,453,4634Disney
5Grown Ups$2,086,535-14%3,337-197$625$117,393,7633Sony / Columbia
6Predators$1,882,062-20%2,669--$705$31,613,3921Fox
7The Last Airbender$1,720,951-24%3,20334$537$105,806,1992Paramount
8Knight and Day$856,871-23%2,237-867$383$64,707,4113Fox
9The Karate Kid (2010)$611,113-27%2,115-994$289$166,439,9235Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The A-Team$160,577-38%796-1357$202$74,584,6375Fox
2Cyrus$147,729-5%200123$739$3,870,5064Fox Searchlight
3Get Him to the Greek$93,810-21%354-530$265$59,754,3356Universal
4Shrek Forever After$83,105-20%461-496$180$234,042,0078Paramount / DreamWorks
5Marmaduke$67,276-16%4750$142$31,750,7556Fox
6How to Train Your Dragon$61,617-16%254-49$243$217,084,53516Paramount / DreamWorks
7Iron Man 2$55,289-10%333-189$166$309,407,30910Paramount
8Winter's Bone$55,2533%10623$521$2,667,5495Roadside Attractions
9Robin Hood$42,880-11%268-110$160$104,626,1309Universal
10Solitary Man$40,529-15%172-4$236$3,630,9778Anchor Bay
11Letters to Juliet$37,225-9%241-99$154$51,842,8689Summit
12Sex and the City 2$31,365-21%156-199$201$94,804,2127Warner Bros. / New Line
13Date Night$29,611-12%2420$122$98,095,69714Fox
14Killers$27,265-27%269-458$101$45,942,4756Lionsgate
15Splice$23,077-2%20464$113$16,832,3586Warner Bros
16Clash of the Titans (2010)$12,748-15%130-45$98$163,143,99215Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$80,137-1%531$1,512$10,493,55517Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Kids Are All Right$65,129-3%7--$9,304$688,0581Focus
3Under the Sea 3D$24,27314%130$1,867$22,878,91674Warner Bros. / IMAX
4City Island$10,768-7%65-16$166$6,528,74317Anchor Bay
5Furry Vengeance$8,395-24%86-21$98$17,622,51211Summit
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid$7,607-17%51-19$149$63,894,26217Fox
7Avatar$7,49665%90$833$749,675,40630Fox
8Just Wright$7,309-17%80-15$91$21,439,2079Fox Searchlight
9The Back-up Plan$4,778-17%61-36$78$37,463,43612CBS Films
10A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$3,9253%53-57$74$63,071,12211Warner Bros. / New Line
11Jonah Hex$3,223-32%65-285$50$10,096,2904Warner Bros.
12The Secret of Kells$754-14%10-4$75$683,49819GKIDS
13Princess Kaiulani$743-13%61$124$852,2359Roadside Attractions
14The Joneses$400-25%10$400$1,475,74613Roadside Attractions
15The Square (2010)$3793%50$76$401,82614Apparition