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, Oct. 6 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Social Network$1,902,659-19%2,771--$687$28,743,5631Sony / Columbia
2The Town$828,343-14%2,93550$282$66,664,3253Warner Bros.
3Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$799,257-17%3,59732$222$38,315,2272Fox
4Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$549,051-11%3,5750$154$31,817,7312Warner Bros.
5Easy A$413,956-14%2,974118$139$43,481,2763Sony / Screen Gems
6You Again$399,712-16%2,5480$157$17,842,3232Disney
7Case 39$368,215-19%2,211--$167$6,615,7831Paramount Vantage
8Let Me In$361,473-20%2,021--$179$6,377,1391Relativity / Overture
9Resident Evil: Afterlife$235,509-11%1,907-735$123$57,369,7784Sony / Screen Gems
10Devil$215,280-14%2,392-419$90$28,008,8853Universal
11Alpha and Omega$134,441-6%2,303-322$58$19,365,7563Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$70,259-5%625-282$112$288,617,96012Warner Bros.
2Catfish$55,318-1%13679$407$1,790,6003Universal / Rogue
3Takers$53,296-8%773-640$69$56,331,0636Sony / Screen Gems
4Eat Pray Love$40,944-8%398-457$103$79,827,2258Sony / Columbia
5The Other Guys$29,816-11%566-481$53$117,791,5959Sony / Columbia
6Despicable Me$27,780-8%463-147$60$246,179,75513Universal
7The Expendables$22,490-11%410-442$55$102,585,9338Lionsgate
8The American$21,395-16%374-941$57$35,269,2435Focus
9Machete$20,953-10%314-368$67$26,268,7795Fox
10Dinner for Schmucks$17,716-2%261-62$68$72,862,00210Paramount / DreamWorks
11Lottery Ticket$14,669-10%302-68$49$24,292,9267Warner Bros.
12Vampires Suck$12,2689%261-154$47$36,398,6437Fox
13Nanny McPhee Returns$12,025-15%481-284$25$28,561,6407Universal
14The Last Exorcism$10,816-7%307-400$35$41,022,8856Lionsgate
15Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$7,225-7%120-113$60$31,516,5008Universal
16The Virginity Hit$6,859-8%434-266$16$556,7924Sony / Columbia
17The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$6,67111%141-83$47$300,430,81214Summit
18Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$6,065-32%188-79$32$43,454,71810Warner Bros.
19Ramona and Beezus$3,939-14%161-30$24$25,985,38711Fox
20Going the Distance (2010)$3,928-5%121-354$32$17,678,1505Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Waiting for 'Superman'$44,478-2%3430$1,308$723,9372Paramount Vantage
2Hubble 3D$33,0577%58--$570$16,250,00229Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Never Let Me Go$20,130-8%4317$468$784,3033Fox Searchlight
4Buried$12,631-5%3322$383$274,6432Lionsgate
5Jack Goes Boating$12,008-4%7942$152$305,4633Relativity / Overture
6Under the Sea 3D$6,82447%180$379$24,354,41686Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Kids Are All Right$6,33132%64-43$99$20,749,04813Focus
8Winter's Bone$6,23117%78-4$80$6,138,75317Roadside Attractions
9Piranha 3D$4,942-12%9529$52$24,915,9877Weinstein Company
10The Tillman Story$4,3120%270$160$645,7107Weinstein Company
11The Concert$3,26840%213$156$620,05111Weinstein Company
12Avatar$3,161-24%19-10$166$760,287,76342Fox
13Flipped$1,504-5%35-71$43$1,743,7379Warner Bros.
14Bran Nue Dae$926-7%13-42$71$112,6354Freestyle Releasing
15The Disappearance of Alice Creed$260-38%31$87$162,5119Anchor Bay