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, Mar. 9 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rango$1,626,655-20%3,917--$415$43,837,5091Paramount
2The Adjustment Bureau$1,278,525-24%2,840--$450$25,616,2801Universal
3Hall Pass$696,282-15%2,9500$236$29,127,8832Warner Bros. / New Line
4Unknown (2011)$457,183-19%2,913-130$157$54,531,2673Warner Bros.
5Beastly$428,151-30%1,952--$219$11,424,5211CBS Films
6Just Go With It$424,460-18%2,920-624$145$89,495,9354Sony / Columbia
7The King's Speech$417,505-17%2,240-145$186$124,923,59215Weinstein Company
8I Am Number Four$387,545-16%2,903-253$133$47,764,6923Disney / DreamWorks
9Gnomeo and Juliet$317,859-18%2,984-53$107$85,118,8144Disney
10Take Me Home Tonight$270,461-12%2,003--$135$4,360,5381Relativity Media
11Drive Angry$206,241-20%2,2900$90$9,797,2372Summit
12Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$160,344-19%2,254-556$71$69,392,9004Paramount
13Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$134,059-22%1,642-1179$82$33,724,5583Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$87,850-10%68164$129$105,389,45914Fox Searchlight
2The Fighter$75,371-6%575-93$131$92,270,35213Paramount
3Cedar Rapids$68,543-10%23599$292$3,605,7784Fox Searchlight
4True Grit (2010)$63,571-5%725-497$88$168,880,05911Paramount
5No Strings Attached$39,177-7%425-941$92$69,776,0827Paramount
6The Roommate$33,729-19%606-1120$56$36,960,3175Sony / Screen Gems
7The Eagle$26,0120%327-1241$80$19,218,7374Focus
8Biutiful$25,342-16%145-36$175$4,309,84410Roadside Attractions
9The Green Hornet$15,984-8%269-398$59$97,087,1208Sony / Columbia
10The Rite$12,466-3%201-344$62$32,660,3386Warner Bros. / New Line
11Little Fockers$12,045-10%221-40$55$148,257,07011Universal
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$11,916-6%208-95$57$294,600,09716Warner Bros.
13The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$11,288-7%185-63$61$104,029,14913Fox
14127 Hours$11,141-16%135-85$83$18,172,38918Fox Searchlight
15Yogi Bear$10,945-15%266-100$41$98,189,31512Warner Bros.
16The Company Men$10,844-6%112-73$97$4,088,5637Weinstein Company
17The Mechanic$6,204-20%109-295$57$28,900,9186CBS Films
18Season of the Witch$5,680-10%109-62$52$24,762,2029Relativity Media
19Gulliver's Travels (2010)$5,623-23%156-48$36$42,591,92911Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$25,63513%49-1$523$22,355,92951Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Blue Valentine (2010)$10,914-7%96-71$114$9,440,09510Weinstein Company
3Rabbit Hole$3,85920%55-28$70$2,129,97812Lionsgate
4happythankyoumoreplease$2,20012%2--$1,100$41,2431Anchor Bay Films
5From Prada to Nada$1,9390%35-46$55$2,944,3566Lionsgate / Pantelion
6I Love You Phillip Morris$1,491-23%13-2$115$1,968,75514Roadside Attractions
7Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$96231%41$241$62,7904Phase 4 Films
8Winter's Bone$80737%13-122$62$6,522,29139Roadside Attractions
97 Khoon Maaf$293-54%15-53$20$269,9023UTV Communications
10Brotherhood (2010)$39-44%1-1$39$19,6753Phase 4 Films