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 Sat, Jun. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Super 8$13,950,85415%3,379--$4,129$27,093,6641Paramount
2X-Men: First Class$10,027,47733%3,69251$2,716$91,447,0682Fox
3The Hangover Part II$7,583,27833%3,67560$2,063$211,342,8153Warner Bros.
4Kung Fu Panda 2$7,051,37352%3,929-23$1,795$121,971,9123Paramount / DreamWorks
5Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$4,670,65448%3,433-533$1,361$205,745,9424Disney
6Bridesmaids$4,280,73040%2,9223$1,465$121,083,7955Universal
7Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$2,326,2345%2,524--$922$4,550,0701Relativity Media
8Thor$1,057,32248%1,782-998$593$172,999,0446Paramount
9Fast Five$751,02543%1,329-908$565$204,642,3457Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$277,15235%527-164$526$137,592,5649Fox
2Jumping the Broom$215,77259%365-224$591$36,588,0076Sony / TriStar
3Water for Elephants$199,67733%466-106$428$56,471,2988Fox
4Something Borrowed$196,22424%366-322$536$37,516,3146Warner Bros.
5Soul Surfer$117,11317%31772$369$42,103,47410Sony / TriStar
6Source Code$74,79633%248-40$302$54,119,68811Summit
7Rango$71,73231%220-34$326$122,424,32415Paramount
8Insidious$58,31832%134-26$435$53,201,86311FilmDistrict
9Priest (2011)$49,17639%169-414$291$28,997,2975Sony / Screen Gems
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$48,13330%182102$264$9,629,2637Weinstein Company
11Limitless$46,94338%166-66$283$78,907,01413Relativity Media
12HOP$42,75032%190-55$225$107,980,82011Universal
13The Lincoln Lawyer$40,59773%101-32$402$57,113,09213Lionsgate
14Hanna$40,10134%147-50$273$39,968,44210Focus
15Win Win$37,21199%100-41$372$9,981,69913Fox Searchlight
16Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$34,14143%112-84$305$52,746,9748Lionsgate
17Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$30,03137%117-65$257$52,436,37212Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$356,57956%4727$7,587$2,120,1323Fox Searchlight
2Beginners$110,50576%1914$5,816$383,3902Focus
3Born to Be Wild 3D$73,8664%470$1,572$6,708,55010Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hubble 3D$35,33420%31-1$1,140$25,574,74065Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Everything Must Go$28,62655%87-20$329$2,516,0055Roadside Attractions
6Jane Eyre (2011)$26,33146%90-38$293$10,988,68814Focus
7Submarine$25,96893%1713$1,528$101,3532Weinstein Company
8The Conspirator$20,69092%66-44$313$11,401,8149Roadside Attractions
9Scream 4$14,62511%80-121$183$38,117,6819Weinstein Company
10The Beaver$7,15065%46-22$155$909,9726Summit
11The Last Mountain$4,29925%31$1,433$29,9492Dada Films
12Beautiful Boy$2,20746%40$552$27,9392Anchor Bay Films
13Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,75535%40$439$182,06239Collective Eye
14Kill the Irishman$1,57579%5-3$315$1,181,35114Anchor Bay Films
1535 and Ticking$1,455-65%1-3$1,455$66,3854Image Entertainment
16The King's Speech$1,035-33%15-1$69$138,794,78929Weinstein Company
17The Music Never Stopped$146-37%2-3$73$248,31313Roadside Attractions