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, Aug. 4 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$3,788,206-8%3,545-247$1,069$205,513,8343Warner Bros.
2Dinner for Schmucks$3,002,595-12%2,911--$1,031$33,502,8281Paramount / DreamWorks
3Despicable Me$2,323,595-12%3,6022$645$197,697,4854Universal
4Salt$2,317,952-15%3,6120$642$78,677,2612Sony / Columbia
5Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$1,781,419-15%3,705--$481$17,858,9981Warner Bros.
6Charlie St. Cloud$1,481,565-19%2,718--$545$17,450,3601Universal
7Toy Story 3$864,239-10%2,105-661$411$392,435,4167Disney
8Ramona and Beezus$778,731-10%2,7190$286$18,708,6342Fox
9The Sorcerer's Apprentice$645,529-12%2,524-980$256$54,072,8103Disney
10The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$642,498-8%2,334-787$275$290,187,6105Summit
11Grown Ups$612,609-7%2,269-590$270$152,652,5316Sony / Columbia
12The Last Airbender$231,858-10%1,238-889$187$128,033,8275Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$467,261-7%847646$552$11,011,3044Focus
2Predators$132,786-6%873-973$152$49,924,8724Fox
3Shrek Forever After$115,446-19%330128$350$236,010,57011Paramount / DreamWorks
4Knight and Day$88,167-7%831-434$106$74,452,5576Fox
5The Karate Kid (2010)$78,853-9%461-319$171$173,191,2008Sony / Columbia
6Iron Man 2$47,133-11%286-44$165$311,564,81613Paramount
7Winter's Bone$42,195-4%13910$304$4,142,1628Roadside Attractions
8The A-Team$41,932-11%282-14$149$76,293,1598Fox
9Marmaduke$34,928-2%230-24$152$33,012,5849Fox
10Cyrus$34,244-2%216-238$159$7,006,7287Fox Searchlight
11Killers$24,529-4%219-14$112$46,726,1909Lionsgate
12Get Him to the Greek$22,4250%155-66$145$60,828,5609Universal
13Letters to Juliet$22,262-3%173-61$129$52,815,60412Summit
14Robin Hood$12,5950%115-56$110$105,257,05512Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$92,198-1%530$1,740$12,409,01420Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$29,061-5%130$2,235$23,395,74677Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Date Night$10,5992%76-32$139$98,568,54417Fox
4Solitary Man$7,32111%63-42$116$4,157,23011Anchor Bay
5Jonah Hex$6,734-30%83-93$81$10,515,8247Warner Bros.
6Sex and the City 2$6,50113%42-27$155$95,155,25110Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Concert$4,02830%2--$2,014$32,5252Weinstein Company
8City Island$1,43813%15-25$96$6,649,48120Anchor Bay
9The Dry Land$1,08614%5--$217$10,4671Freestyle
10Avatar$87413%2-1$437$749,750,52033Fox
11Splice$4827%14-25$34$17,009,6939Warner Bros
12Princess Kaiulani$78-33%20$39$59,70612Roadside Attractions