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 Sun, May. 1 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast Five$21,863,945-27%3,644--$6,000$86,198,7651Universal
2Rio (2011)$4,531,015-31%3,708-134$1,222$104,014,8513Fox
3Water for Elephants$2,404,482-40%2,8203$853$32,480,2142Fox
4Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$2,286,996-49%2,2880$1,000$40,891,0432Lionsgate
5Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$1,230,957-31%2,505--$491$4,108,6301Weinstein Company
6Prom$915,120-52%2,730--$335$4,712,6381Disney
7Soul Surfer$878,383-40%2,010-230$437$33,843,0194Sony / TriStar
8HOP$746,360-38%3,176-440$235$105,403,2855Universal
9African Cats$611,730-26%1,2244$500$10,668,8292Disneynature
10Hanna$608,300-36%1,569-815$388$35,953,4704Focus
11Source Code$581,787-48%1,645-718$354$48,887,1885Summit
12Insidious$550,272-51%1,584-546$347$48,309,9125FilmDistrict
13Scream 4$494,128-45%2,221-1093$222$35,496,2003Weinstein Company
14Arthur (2011)$247,964-42%1,251-1519$198$31,671,6224Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$299,526-42%697-152$430$8,764,8253Roadside Attractions
2Limitless$266,554-44%838-525$318$76,090,3167Relativity Media
3The Lincoln Lawyer$199,444-47%719-501$277$54,799,5107Lionsgate
4Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$198,619-31%875--$227$754,7791Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
5Win Win$157,492-54%302-86$521$7,611,7307Fox Searchlight
6Jane Eyre (2011)$144,243-38%294-25$491$8,739,7678Focus
7Your Highness$120,595-57%402-1208$300$21,102,0704Universal
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$104,244-41%503-425$207$51,001,8136Fox
9The Adjustment Bureau$65,095-72%27714$235$61,682,8859Universal
10Rango$63,205-47%277-280$228$119,931,7209Paramount
11Paul$58,240-56%224-21$260$36,943,0107Universal
12Red Riding Hood$36,345-37%209-99$174$37,395,2418Warner Bros.
13Just Go With It$31,132-45%199-66$156$102,808,74712Sony / Columbia
14The King's Speech$27,864-48%185-49$151$138,537,21123Weinstein Company
15Beastly$23,097-42%126-11$183$27,731,1329CBS Films
16Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$18,100-33%109-57$166$72,945,02912Paramount
17Hall Pass$16,106-36%116-86$139$44,986,02510Warner Bros. / New Line
18Battle: Los Angeles$15,827-53%102-118$155$82,795,2208Sony / Columbia
19Unknown (2011)$10,650-48%101-61$105$63,640,35711Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$87,575-19%69-139$1,269$3,746,7864Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$24,348-30%320$761$24,457,65259Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Dum Maaro Dum$21,435-49%93-8$230$483,9882Fox Searchlight
4Sucker Punch$15,103-37%74-170$204$36,062,0656Warner Bros.
5No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$13,7528%45-44$306$1,275,1464Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$12,545-56%69-23$182$37,814,42811Fox
7Kill the Irishman$11,676-35%307$389$1,064,4758Anchor Bay Films
8Sympathy For Delicious$3,310-18%2--$1,655$9,4481Maya Entertainment
9Cedar Rapids$3,209-55%26-10$123$6,800,42712Fox Searchlight
10Biutiful$2,549-12%221$116$5,056,09818Roadside Attractions
11The Company Men$2,188-29%150$146$4,413,10815Weinstein Company
12Miral$1,749-30%10-10$175$360,2376Weinstein Company
13Meet Monica Velour$1,334-38%10$1,334$23,8334Anchor Bay Films
14Thank You$886-45%7-13$127$462,6094UTV Communications
15The Music Never Stopped$52-65%4-2$13$234,7007Roadside Attractions