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 Tue, May. 3 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast Five$6,158,360-1%3,644--$1,690$98,588,3651Universal
2Water for Elephants$1,056,32135%2,8203$375$34,320,6352Fox
3Rio (2011)$770,07812%3,708-134$208$105,473,4693Fox
4Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$574,7015%2,2880$251$42,010,6782Lionsgate
5African Cats$321,67752%1,2244$263$11,202,1612Disneynature
6Source Code$239,02731%1,645-718$145$49,308,6415Summit
7Hanna$237,11417%1,569-815$151$36,393,7224Focus
8Scream 4$225,41729%2,221-1093$101$35,896,4753Weinstein Company
9Soul Surfer$211,31627%2,010-230$105$34,220,3884Sony / TriStar
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$210,06220%2,505--$84$4,493,8761Weinstein Company
11Prom$208,68035%2,730--$76$5,076,3431Disney
12Insidious$184,83910%1,584-546$117$48,662,2615FilmDistrict
13HOP$127,04014%3,176-440$40$105,641,4855Universal
14Arthur (2011)$106,07826%1,251-1519$85$31,862,0494Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Limitless$133,10241%838-525$159$76,317,7537Relativity Media
2The Conspirator$109,95422%695-154$158$8,965,0513Roadside Attractions
3The Lincoln Lawyer$82,22832%719-501$114$54,944,2287Lionsgate
4Jane Eyre (2011)$70,20524%294-25$239$8,866,5328Focus
5Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$69,1679%875--$79$887,3961Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
6Win Win$60,15237%302-86$199$7,715,7187Fox Searchlight
7Your Highness$40,20011%402-1208$100$21,178,4504Universal
8The Adjustment Bureau$26,31527%27714$95$61,729,9759Universal
9Paul$20,16020%224-21$90$36,979,9457Universal
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$17,566-5%503-425$35$51,037,7756Fox
11Rango$16,88412%277-280$61$119,963,6139Paramount
12The King's Speech$15,30939%185-49$83$138,563,57323Weinstein Company
13Red Riding Hood$12,42811%209-99$59$37,418,9008Warner Bros.
14Beastly$11,8704%126-11$94$27,754,4089CBS Films
15Hall Pass$7,79522%116-86$67$45,000,22410Warner Bros. / New Line
16Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$5,70715%109-57$52$72,955,71212Paramount
17Unknown (2011)$4,74720%101-61$47$63,649,04511Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$50,42326%69-139$731$3,837,1864Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$17,23610%320$539$24,490,62159Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Dum Maaro Dum$8,08949%93-8$87$497,4952Fox Searchlight
4Sucker Punch$7,41819%74-170$100$36,075,7276Warner Bros.
5Kill the Irishman$4,5484%307$152$1,073,4138Anchor Bay Films
6Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$3,72830%69-23$54$37,821,02711Fox
7No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$2,97111%45-44$66$1,280,7874Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Biutiful$2,56950%221$117$5,060,37818Roadside Attractions
9Cedar Rapids$1,52011%26-10$58$6,803,32012Fox Searchlight
10Meet Monica Velour$1,373277%21$687$25,5704Anchor Bay Films
11The Company Men$1,01022%150$67$4,414,94615Weinstein Company
12Miral$83819%10-10$84$361,7816Weinstein Company
13Sympathy For Delicious$553-23%2--$277$10,7211Maya Entertainment
14Thank You$454173%7--$65$463,2294UTV Communications
15The Music Never Stopped$94-12%4-2$24$234,9017Roadside Attractions