'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 Sat, May. 28 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hangover Part II$29,690,008-1%3,615--$8,213$91,282,5551Warner Bros.
2Kung Fu Panda 2$18,515,14241%3,925--$4,717$37,421,4791Paramount / DreamWorks
3Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$15,182,20039%4,1649$3,646$139,704,8532Disney
6Fast Five$2,444,42036%2,981-641$820$193,657,0255Universal
7Rio (2011)$711,47471%1,672-921$426$134,168,9877Fox
8Something Borrowed$702,26928%1,440-1166$488$34,163,7104Warner Bros.
9Priest (2011)$649,68825%1,918-946$339$26,733,5163Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jumping the Broom$743,74757%939-533$792$33,499,0744Sony / TriStar
2Water for Elephants$420,09644%794-1100$529$54,041,6836Fox
3Soul Surfer$152,76940%401-583$381$41,151,2648Sony / TriStar
5Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$137,66653%359-553$383$52,190,7046Lionsgate
6Source Code$123,37238%299-78$413$53,323,3599Summit
7Everything Must Go$104,72554%161-84$650$1,995,9273Roadside Attractions
9Limitless$84,17836%269-88$313$78,383,34511Relativity Media
11Win Win$81,03592%124-78$654$9,573,94111Fox Searchlight
12The Lincoln Lawyer$80,69872%166-92$486$56,726,96911Lionsgate
13Jane Eyre (2011)$64,33548%143-65$450$10,603,89812Focus
14The Conspirator$63,41877%137-132$463$11,099,0857Roadside Attractions
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$63,08250%214-39$295$52,051,67410Fox
17Scream 4$46,65842%26156$179$37,837,8717Weinstein Company
18The Beaver$41,48037%109-59$381$731,3534Summit
19Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$27,613104%203-439$136$9,423,9415Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$119,190-1%4--$29,798$239,3201Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$89,32816%47-3$1,901$5,806,0918Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$36,04134%30-4$1,201$25,195,36263Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Arthur (2011)$31,96629%77-160$415$32,911,5618Warner Bros.
5Battle: Los Angeles$19,89847%96-74$207$83,517,04812Sony / Columbia
6The King's Speech$5,06726%18-22$282$138,771,81527Weinstein Company
735 and Ticking$4,14038%60$690$44,8012Image Entertainment
8Kill the Irishman$3,77688%10-2$378$1,163,78912Anchor Bay Films
9The Music Never Stopped$846119%50$169$244,26411Roadside Attractions
10Dum Maaro Dum$77976%6-5$130$561,9806Fox Searchlight
11Go For It!$64189%14-50$46$177,6173Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Biutiful$169-45%5-2$34$5,098,10422Roadside Attractions
13Skateland$15451%2-9$77$17,4813Freestyle Releasing