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 Mon, Feb. 14 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Just Go With It$6,037,277-22%3,548--$1,702$36,552,0091Sony / Columbia
2Gnomeo and Juliet$2,703,451-64%2,994--$903$28,060,3601Disney
3Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$1,757,507-73%3,105--$566$32,014,1081Paramount
4The Roommate$1,584,973-6%2,5340$625$27,363,8992Sony / Screen Gems
5No Strings Attached$1,528,8352%2,756-294$555$61,559,9134Paramount
6The King's Speech$1,098,347-45%2,263-321$485$94,774,10812Weinstein Company
7The Eagle$1,076,886-52%2,296--$469$9,761,3501Focus
8Sanctum$990,205-40%2,7892$355$19,025,2802Universal
9The Rite$663,142-24%2,207-778$300$29,521,4393Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Mechanic$615,973-35%1,886-818$327$26,034,6263CBS Films
11The Green Hornet$563,660-45%2,090-943$270$92,969,6215Sony / Columbia
12True Grit (2010)$553,795-45%2,072-830$267$160,908,8248Paramount
13Black Swan$319,043-45%1,069-908$298$99,656,26311Fox Searchlight
14The Fighter$285,519-51%1,049-613$272$85,917,54310Paramount
15The Dilemma$204,930-18%1,242-1303$165$47,840,6255Universal
16Yogi Bear$73,100-72%1,111-696$66$96,691,3799Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$108,060-35%393-57$275$8,319,6707Weinstein Company
2Tangled$105,939-59%784-585$135$193,410,63512Disney
3TRON: Legacy$84,278-48%364-676$232$169,838,1109Disney
4127 Hours$80,121-50%359-540$223$16,926,01715Fox Searchlight
5Biutiful$72,934-59%19112$382$2,336,2757Roadside Attractions
6Little Fockers$65,720-28%424-931$155$147,299,2108Universal
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$64,849-54%40944$159$293,420,25713Warner Bros.
8From Prada to Nada$60,421-44%252-9$240$2,649,3473Lionsgate / Pantelion
9The Company Men$59,473-56%27746$215$3,091,5434Weinstein Company
10The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$40,514-51%293-221$138$103,021,56510Fox
11Megamind$36,431-61%252-38$145$147,915,41715Paramount / DreamWorks
12Gulliver's Travels (2010)$27,132-56%308-187$88$41,941,7398Fox
13The Social Network$17,551-49%178-116$99$96,636,67520Sony / Columbia
14Unstoppable (2010)$17,355-40%147-55$118$81,373,85114Fox
15Season of the Witch$16,751-37%176-316$95$24,461,7486Relativity Media
16Rabbit Hole$10,978-57%112-19$98$1,886,9149Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cedar Rapids$34,066-60%15--$2,271$337,0341Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$28,691-32%480$598$21,474,28948Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Way Back$5,772-48%0-145--$2,643,6534Newmarket Films
4Somewhere (2010)$5,580-47%32-14$174$1,674,1738Focus
5Fair Game (2010)$4,628-31%78-71$59$9,532,72015Summit
6Waiting for Forever$2,23919%1411$160$23,2142Freestyle
7Winter's Bone$1,958-64%26-9$75$6,396,96336Roadside Attractions
8I Love You Phillip Morris$1,579-37%23-16$69$1,937,79611Roadside Attractions
9Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$1,108-60%1--$1,108$14,1611Phase 4 Films