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 Sat, Jul. 31 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 31 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$10,711,70931%3,545-247$3,022$184,734,4333Warner Bros.
2Dinner for Schmucks$8,343,239-1%2,911--$2,866$16,738,2811Paramount / DreamWorks
3Salt$7,687,23931%3,6120$2,128$65,124,3312Sony / Columbia
4Despicable Me$6,087,63530%3,6022$1,690$185,594,4404Universal
5Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$4,623,72610%3,705--$1,248$8,842,3991Warner Bros.
6Charlie St. Cloud$3,832,565-32%2,718--$1,410$9,459,5601Universal
7Toy Story 3$2,004,42538%2,105-661$952$388,095,1857Disney
8Grown Ups$1,831,14030%2,269-590$807$149,454,4626Sony / Columbia
9The Sorcerer's Apprentice$1,784,14737%2,524-980$707$50,646,6443Disney
10The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$1,536,39320%2,334-787$658$287,003,1335Summit
11Ramona and Beezus$1,366,6037%2,7190$503$15,304,7012Fox
12The Last Airbender$714,28040%1,238-889$577$126,701,7875Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 31 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$1,472,74352%847646$1,739$8,553,1644Focus
2Predators$442,75838%873-973$507$49,161,8924Fox
3Knight and Day$298,98832%831-434$360$74,009,5926Fox
4Shrek Forever After$226,03330%330128$685$235,472,43911Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Karate Kid (2010)$223,66337%461-319$485$172,623,7728Sony / Columbia
6Winter's Bone$132,52661%1399$953$3,923,3018Roadside Attractions
7Iron Man 2$122,48334%286-44$428$311,329,56313Paramount
8The A-Team$103,43827%282-14$367$76,086,3598Fox
9Cyrus$91,73053%216-238$425$6,836,1737Fox Searchlight
10Marmaduke$63,02826%230-24$274$32,868,8359Fox
11Killers$60,80429%219-14$278$46,608,0739Lionsgate
12Letters to Juliet$45,93824%173-61$266$52,720,76712Summit
13Get Him to the Greek$43,41019%155-66$280$60,701,5159Universal
14Robin Hood$32,77533%115-56$285$105,190,98512Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 31 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$107,80214%530$2,034$12,051,17220Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$29,29723%130$2,254$23,287,53877Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Date Night$24,81529%76-32$327$98,521,61017Fox
4Solitary Man$23,84972%63-42$379$4,115,16011Anchor Bay
5Grease Sing-a-Long$15,2438%3316$462$289,1264Paramount
6Jonah Hex$13,09229%83-93$158$10,478,5317Warner Bros.
7Sex and the City 2$10,83733%42-27$258$95,127,57110Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Concert$8,43771%2--$4,219$13,3712Weinstein Company
9Avatar$4,86120%2-1$2,431$749,744,18233Fox
10The Dry Land$3,498103%5--$700$5,2211Freestyle
11City Island$2,74945%15-25$183$6,643,25020Anchor Bay
12Splice$2,21648%14-25$158$16,995,7879Warner Bros
13Udaan$91857%3--$306$6,9973UTV Communications
14I Hate Luv Storys$404-35%5--$81$847,1855UTV
15Princess Kaiulani$382298%20$191$859,25012Roadside Attractions