'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, Oct. 28 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 2$1,978,8796%3,216--$615$49,157,8651Paramount
2Jackass 3D$1,367,990-4%3,11130$440$93,153,3952Paramount
3Red (2010)$1,123,5466%3,27318$343$48,093,7942Summit
4Hereafter$781,036-6%2,1812173$358$15,841,4702Warner Bros.
6The Social Network$508,5151%2,92153$174$75,005,8794Sony / Columbia
7Life As We Know It$482,1887%3,019-131$160$39,477,8393Warner Bros.
8The Town$232,381-5%1,918-450$121$85,651,6076Warner Bros.
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$166,0775%2,236-266$74$50,915,5075Warner Bros.
10Easy A$121,82815%1,632-682$75$55,233,0576Sony / Screen Gems
11Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$107,692-1%1,255-790$86$50,435,8655Fox
12My Soul to Take$67,560-27%1,689-840$40$14,348,8153Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Waiting for 'Superman'$96,884-10%290108$334$4,077,8265Paramount Vantage
2It's Kind of a Funny Story$59,5666%560-197$106$5,342,6413Focus
3Inception$51,3796%452155$114$290,585,67715Warner Bros.
4Alpha and Omega$38,68918%727-242$53$23,666,4406Lionsgate
5Case 39$35,337-4%721-685$49$12,859,6344Paramount Vantage
7Stone$34,793-9%11372$308$937,3973Relativity / Overture
9Let Me In$26,5720%513-698$52$11,729,8634Relativity / Overture
10Despicable Me$24,31025%324-8$75$247,609,09516Universal
11Never Let Me Go$24,0789%178-54$135$2,091,9786Fox Searchlight
12Nowhere Boy$21,7366%2150$101$857,3253Weinstein Company
13Catfish$17,009-2%13923$122$2,948,0336Universal / Rogue
14I Want Your Money$6,54441%172-365$38$411,0132Freestyle
15Nanny McPhee Returns$4,51521%150-55$30$29,011,21510Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$45,59819%60-1$760$17,248,53132Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Conviction$28,1347%5544$512$552,6142Fox Searchlight
3Under the Sea 3D$8,286-8%160$518$24,609,63489Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The American$3,510-11%76-68$46$35,576,7168Focus
7Lottery Ticket$3,001-2%92-46$33$24,676,10610Warner Bros.
9The Tillman Story$2,223-8%247$93$725,00610Weinstein Company
10Jack Goes Boating$1,7538%35-14$50$460,3056Relativity / Overture
11Vampires Suck$1,62023%54-33$30$36,629,00210Fox
12I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$779-32%8-3$97$87,7323Anchor Bay
13The Concert$3487%5-4$70$648,13414Weinstein Company
14Winter's Bone$335-7%18-19$19$6,204,69620Roadside Attractions
15Piranha 3D$18731%6-22$31$24,980,61010Weinstein Company