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, Dec. 4 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tangled$9,947,51093%3,6030$2,761$90,055,8292Disney
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$7,446,07455%4,1250$1,805$239,748,4823Warner Bros.
3Unstoppable (2010)$2,747,68246%3,152-31$872$67,423,6924Fox
4Burlesque$2,549,03828%3,0370$839$25,400,2242Sony / Screen Gems
5Love and Other Drugs$2,347,20619%2,4583$955$21,246,6532Fox
6Megamind$2,336,61099%3,173-238$736$135,187,5055Paramount / DreamWorks
7Due Date$1,825,14635%2,450-105$745$89,930,1345Warner Bros.
8Faster (2010)$1,686,79138%2,47016$683$17,189,0582CBS Films
9The Warrior's Way$1,160,7734%1,622--$716$2,280,6481Relativity Media
10The Next Three Days$1,151,05242%2,236-328$515$17,691,3673Lionsgate
11Morning Glory (2010)$744,84835%2,263-178$329$28,628,0534Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$680,57336%433140$1,572$6,175,0455Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$452,10963%43640$1,037$7,065,1535Summit
3Red (2010)$348,03550%779-135$447$86,999,3518Summit
4For Colored Girls$209,37562%485-120$432$37,145,9605Lionsgate
5Skyline$196,42558%578-611$340$20,839,7954Universal / Rogue
6The Social Network$193,77472%260-31$745$90,872,42510Sony / Columbia
7Despicable Me$97,99080%28014$350$249,939,64022Universal
8Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$91,04367%322192$283$54,742,39511Warner Bros.
9The Town$90,23547%3180$284$91,684,17712Warner Bros.
10Easy A$59,66132%229-22$261$58,094,78112Sony / Screen Gems
11Jackass 3D$49,97840%180-3$278$116,708,0498Paramount
12Paranormal Activity 2$44,52437%200-79$223$84,233,5367Paramount
13Life As We Know It$43,08221%208-41$207$52,097,9949Warner Bros.
14Inception$30,90146%117-27$264$292,368,52921Warner Bros.
15Conviction$30,81258%10721$288$6,646,4188Fox Searchlight
16The Nutcracker in 3D$22,990103%11570$200$133,0622Freestyle Releasing
17Hereafter$22,55560%114-88$198$32,424,7528Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$543,44331%18--$30,191$959,2651Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$137,41061%62$22,902$706,2742Weinstein Company
3I Love You Phillip Morris$44,68446%6--$7,447$75,3071Roadside Attractions
4Hubble 3D$41,7037%570$732$18,915,22738Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$37,648132%15--$2,510$152,8155Warner Bros.
6Guzaarish$25,83968%58-38$446$972,4363UTV
7Waiting for 'Superman'$15,1088%8516$178$6,310,02711Paramount Vantage
8Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$10,85169%59-31$184$52,433,24411Fox
9Under the Sea 3D$10,39634%130$800$24,982,07295Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Nowhere Boy$6,28242%23-17$273$1,440,3689Weinstein Company
11Wild Target$5,25052%137$404$88,5546Freestyle
12Stone$4,87120%22-1$221$1,757,7129Relativity / Overture
13The Tillman Story$2,434106%141$174$797,93416Weinstein Company
14Let Me In$1,30516%0-31--$12,134,11810Relativity / Overture
15Jack Goes Boating$80955%90$90$532,79912Relativity / Overture
16Cool It$56766%1514$38$59,3164Roadside Attractions
17Winter's Bone$205-88%20$103$6,228,74526Roadside Attractions