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, May. 25 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$4,705,903-22%4,155--$1,133$109,053,6771Disney
2Bridesmaids$2,085,270-11%2,93719$710$66,478,2202Universal
3Thor$1,085,331-16%3,924-39$277$149,410,5253Paramount
4Fast Five$723,425-15%3,622-171$200$188,789,1804Universal
5Priest (2011)$412,916-18%2,8640$144$25,325,3142Sony / Screen Gems
6Something Borrowed$331,486-21%2,606-298$127$32,690,0583Warner Bros.
7Rio (2011)$321,987-6%2,593-336$124$132,886,0046Fox
8Water for Elephants$232,348-7%1,894-531$123$53,201,7035Fox
9Jumping the Broom$221,373-20%1,472-563$150$32,121,9693Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Soul Surfer$80,4894%984-484$82$40,854,5157Sony / TriStar
2Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$62,606-14%912-537$69$51,929,5255Lionsgate
3Everything Must Go$49,018-18%24527$200$1,793,8132Roadside Attractions
4Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$37,7137%642-634$59$9,364,5374Weinstein Company
5Source Code$35,380-12%377-249$94$53,090,2648Summit
6Insidious$35,297-13%501-261$70$52,556,1428FilmDistrict
7Rango$34,052-4%30286$113$121,319,48312Paramount
8Limitless$33,817-18%35759$95$78,206,44310Relativity Media
9Hanna$32,665-10%279-146$117$39,280,4907Focus
10Jane Eyre (2011)$31,3170%208-40$151$10,467,78011Focus
11Win Win$24,852-3%202-46$123$9,429,47710Fox Searchlight
12The Conspirator$24,6522%269-101$92$10,984,2596Roadside Attractions
13The Lincoln Lawyer$20,872-10%258-87$81$56,581,79710Lionsgate
14The Beaver$20,625-3%16863$123$644,2593Summit
15HOP$17,7801%354-105$50$107,262,5208Universal
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$14,09620%253-58$56$51,930,3529Fox
17Arthur (2011)$11,973-17%237-107$51$32,842,7977Warner Bros.
18The Adjustment Bureau$11,0050%116-48$95$62,486,33512Universal
19Scream 4$9,175-17%205-221$45$37,750,7056Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$70,82011%50-7$1,416$5,560,7187Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$23,7233%340$698$25,106,95162Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sucker Punch$2,745-12%45-94$61$36,390,4119Warner Bros.
4Red Riding Hood$2,48419%50-50$50$37,659,45711Warner Bros.
5The King's Speech$2,2432%40-31$56$138,759,51626Weinstein Company
635 and Ticking$1,637-11%6--$273$36,1811Image Entertainment
7Go For It!$1,48721%64-154$23$176,5072Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Kill the Irishman$1,080-1%12-1$90$1,157,15311Anchor Bay Films
9Skateland$597-5%119$54$16,9882Freestyle Releasing
10Biutiful$527-37%0-11--$5,097,15921Roadside Attractions
11Meet Monica Velour$33368%21$167$32,7397Anchor Bay Films
12Dum Maaro Dum$227-43%11-9$21$560,5425Fox Searchlight
13The Music Never Stopped$1043%5--$2$242,93510Roadside Attractions