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 Thu, Jul. 15 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 15 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$6,397,125-11%3,476--$1,840$85,630,8951Universal
2The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$3,439,703-8%4,4680$770$251,371,4172Summit
3The Sorcerer's Apprentice$3,214,440-17%3,385--$950$7,088,4370Disney
4Toy Story 3$2,513,639-16%3,372-656$745$350,967,1024Disney
5Grown Ups$1,860,578-11%3,337-197$558$119,254,3413Sony / Columbia
6Predators$1,670,649-11%2,669--$626$33,284,0411Fox
7The Last Airbender$1,577,255-8%3,20334$492$107,383,4542Paramount
8Knight and Day$801,968-6%2,237-867$359$65,509,3793Fox
9The Karate Kid (2010)$562,045-8%2,115-994$266$167,001,9685Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 15 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The A-Team$161,5461%796-1357$203$74,746,1835Fox
2Cyrus$120,367-19%200123$602$3,990,8734Fox Searchlight
3Get Him to the Greek$81,420-13%354-530$230$59,835,7556Universal
4Shrek Forever After$71,202-14%461-496$154$234,113,2098Paramount / DreamWorks
5How to Train Your Dragon$66,0707%254-49$260$217,150,60516Paramount / DreamWorks
6Marmaduke$65,670-2%4750$138$31,816,4256Fox
7Iron Man 2$49,541-10%333-189$149$309,456,85010Paramount
8Winter's Bone$49,213-11%10623$464$2,716,6725Roadside Attractions
9Letters to Juliet$46,79726%241-99$194$51,889,6659Summit
10Robin Hood$38,885-9%268-110$145$104,665,0159Universal
11Solitary Man$36,615-10%172-4$213$3,671,1448Anchor Bay
12Sex and the City 2$31,9752%156-199$205$94,836,1877Warner Bros. / New Line
13Date Night$29,5760%2420$122$98,125,27314Fox
14Killers$27,6701%269-458$103$45,970,1456Lionsgate
15Splice$22,085-4%20464$108$16,854,4436Warner Bros
16Clash of the Titans (2010)$13,1303%130-45$101$163,157,12215Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 15 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$77,492-3%531$1,462$10,571,04717Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Kids Are All Right$61,449-6%7--$8,778$749,5071Focus
3Grease Sing-a-Long$42,158--219$2,008$137,9271Paramount
4Under the Sea 3D$17,770-27%130$1,367$22,883,65574Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Avatar$10,39939%90$1,155$749,685,80530Fox
6City Island$8,893-17%65-16$137$6,537,90617Anchor Bay
7Furry Vengeance$7,953-5%86-21$92$17,630,46511Summit
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$7,311-4%51-19$143$63,901,57317Fox
9Just Wright$7,065-3%80-15$88$21,446,2729Fox Searchlight
10The Back-up Plan$5,51815%61-36$90$37,468,95412CBS Films
11A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$3,889-1%53-57$73$63,075,01111Warner Bros. / New Line
12Jonah Hex$2,741-15%65-285$42$10,099,0314Warner Bros.
13The Secret of Kells$7783%10-4$78$684,27619GKIDS
14Princess Kaiulani$628-15%61$105$852,8639Roadside Attractions
15The Square (2010)$377-1%50$75$402,20314Apparition