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, Nov. 6 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Megamind$20,547,47264%3,944--$5,210$33,077,8691Paramount / DreamWorks
2Due Date$13,036,4827%3,355--$3,886$25,252,9971Warner Bros.
3For Colored Girls$7,797,2245%2,127--$3,666$15,208,2361Lionsgate
4Red (2010)$4,052,88056%3,229-120$1,255$69,661,3414Summit
5Saw 3D$3,401,17631%2,8080$1,211$36,597,1842Lionsgate
6Paranormal Activity 2$3,208,47936%3,168-71$1,013$75,499,3203Paramount
7Jackass 3D$2,233,42539%2,165-974$1,032$109,562,3724Paramount
8Hereafter$1,838,00154%2,365-59$777$27,741,8214Warner Bros.
9Secretariat$1,802,30149%2,614-494$689$49,974,2215Disney
10The Social Network$1,627,51555%1,860-907$875$84,124,6256Sony / Columbia
11Life As We Know It$1,416,47241%1,950-910$726$47,864,3085Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$754,81562%672107$1,123$4,387,5884Fox Searchlight
2The Town$561,67266%801-807$701$89,483,8538Warner Bros.
3Easy A$230,72653%486-776$475$57,130,1528Sony / Screen Gems
4Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$220,726100%740-1270$298$53,861,1717Warner Bros.
5Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$177,873101%353-580$504$51,820,5277Fox
6Waiting for 'Superman'$172,07341%242-88$711$5,307,3757Paramount Vantage
7Despicable Me$153,51585%307-28$500$248,220,41518Universal
8Inception$143,52146%291-110$493$291,372,65517Warner Bros.
9Devil$113,58574%284-351$400$33,421,1208Universal
10It's Kind of a Funny Story$79,32046%201-276$395$6,156,0865Focus
11Stone$78,18851%109-16$717$1,444,0395Relativity / Overture
12The Other Guys$75,83149%235-67$323$118,980,13714Sony / Columbia
13Takers$71,12265%21583$331$57,530,60911Sony / Screen Gems
14Nowhere Boy$66,17671%17522$378$1,159,9735Weinstein Company
15Alpha and Omega$62,81290%288-388$218$24,403,3838Lionsgate
16Case 39$29,67847%157-249$189$13,161,5726Paramount Vantage
17N-Secure$26,74358%105-262$255$2,540,8454Freestyle

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$292,90565%46--$6,368$470,5901Summit
2127 Hours$104,66335%4--$26,166$181,9251Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$79,81230%60-1$1,330$17,693,53034Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Catfish$22,01043%55-82$400$3,138,8438Universal / Rogue
5Under the Sea 3D$20,36994%14-2$1,455$24,701,57891Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Never Let Me Go$19,06671%51-75$374$2,272,5838Fox Searchlight
7Let Me In$13,84626%95-283$146$11,991,9756Relativity / Overture
8Avatar$12,03484%91$1,337$760,455,61047Fox
9Buried$10,62723%46-61$231$1,021,2977Lionsgate
10Jack Goes Boating$6,28056%31-4$203$489,0858Relativity / Overture
11The Tillman Story$5,36846%240$224$761,07612Weinstein Company
12Wild Target$3,98021%51$796$40,5472Freestyle
13Piranha 3D$3,32417%6-13$554$24,999,73012Weinstein Company
14Winter's Bone$1,79054%10-1$179$6,216,89822Roadside Attractions
15The Concert$1,054105%4-2$264$653,19816Weinstein Company
16I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$48364%2-1$242$91,2855Anchor Bay