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 Sun, Aug. 29 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Takers$5,286,462-32%2,206--$2,396$20,512,3041Sony / Screen Gems
2The Last Exorcism$3,908,999-45%2,874--$1,360$20,366,6131Lionsgate
3The Expendables$2,834,376-29%3,398128$834$82,040,1833Lionsgate
4Eat Pray Love$1,915,398-30%3,10826$616$60,531,3263Sony / Columbia
5The Other Guys$1,658,125-39%3,181-291$521$99,018,1724Sony / Columbia
6Nanny McPhee Returns$1,342,790-34%2,79814$480$16,991,2852Universal
7Inception$1,342,605-36%2,070-331$649$270,519,9207Warner Bros.
8Piranha 3D$1,304,148-24%2,49121$524$18,266,8892Weinstein Company
9Vampires Suck$1,249,620-46%3,2330$387$27,834,2562Fox
10The Switch (2010)$1,173,038-40%2,0175$582$16,410,0092Miramax
11Lottery Ticket$994,542-43%1,9730$504$17,284,6412Warner Bros.
12Despicable Me$870,675-30%1,833-403$475$236,276,0858Universal
13Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$720,360-29%1,566-1254$460$26,166,9453Universal
14Salt$489,847-40%1,168-626$419$113,260,6446Sony / Columbia
15Dinner for Schmucks$447,644-43%1,501-648$298$69,204,3725Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Step Up 3D$336,546-35%901-691$374$39,715,3044Disney
2Toy Story 3$316,786-26%600-130$528$405,659,22111Disney
3Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$230,426-20%823-757$280$41,279,2445Warner Bros.
4The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$148,643-32%476-81$312$298,027,7529Summit
5The Kids Are All Right$138,456-43%342-62$405$19,149,7018Focus
6The Last Airbender$121,637-34%30683$398$130,590,2569Paramount
7Hubble 3D$98,745-1%1510$654$14,558,69124Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Ramona and Beezus$91,398-36%354-34$258$24,817,3556Fox
9The Karate Kid (2010)$72,793-34%255-59$285$175,908,76312Sony / Columbia
10Grown Ups$56,864-56%263-161$216$159,372,00610Sony / Columbia
11Shrek Forever After$55,295-37%207-25$267$238,053,79015Paramount / DreamWorks
12Charlie St. Cloud$51,615-46%333-314$155$30,749,8755Universal
13Knight and Day$42,124-48%229-48$184$75,986,16410Fox
14Winter's Bone$40,185-36%117-13$343$5,426,06412Roadside Attractions
15Predators$37,556-46%187-47$201$51,619,0228Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$1,221,270-21%0----$753,773,88937Fox
2Flipped$20,689-29%26-3$796$671,1094Warner Bros.
3Peepli Live$17,552-34%45-25$390$704,7743UTV Communications
4The Concert$15,376-35%200$769$370,2816Weinstein Company
5The A-Team$15,206-50%92-59$165$77,096,45912Fox
6Under the Sea 3D$14,777-32%160$924$23,983,85981Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Marmaduke$13,137-29%66-56$199$33,566,22613Fox
8The Tillman Story$9,929-20%51$1,986$108,0852Weinstein Company
9Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$8,688-51%21-6$414$447,8026NeoClassics
10La Soga$6,96320%12-8$580$144,43237-57 Releasing
11Cyrus$4,922-24%32-24$154$7,353,11511Fox Searchlight
12Solitary Man$3,180-27%190$167$4,313,17815Anchor Bay
13The Disappearance of Alice Creed$2,726-34%7-1$389$129,2014Anchor Bay
14The People I've Slept With$699-59%1--$699$11,1383People Pictures
15Princess Kaiulani$45064%10$450$871,86916Roadside Attractions
16Tales From Earthsea$30953%1-4$309$48,0433Disney
17City Island$190-31%1-3$190$6,670,71224Anchor Bay