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, Jun. 26 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$17,043,509-27%4,115--$4,142$66,135,5071Disney
2Bad Teacher$8,345,589-24%3,049--$2,737$31,603,1061Sony / Columbia
3Green Lantern$4,981,521-29%3,8160$1,305$88,989,4772Warner Bros.
4Super 8$3,361,670-30%3,42416$982$95,114,3243Paramount
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$2,657,517-30%3,3423$795$39,293,3412Fox
6X-Men: First Class$1,919,288-28%2,633-742$729$132,895,4084Fox
7The Hangover Part II$1,439,871-38%2,755-705$523$243,651,8605Warner Bros.
8Bridesmaids$1,411,545-34%2,031-542$695$146,547,3157Universal
9Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$1,272,558-37%2,244-498$567$229,287,2266Disney
10Kung Fu Panda 2$1,201,161-25%2,527-942$475$153,065,6415Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$381,136-31%215100$1,773$5,843,2905Fox Searchlight
2Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$173,829-25%891-1633$195$13,447,5483Relativity Media
3Rio (2011)$150,595-26%344-64$438$139,633,16311Fox
4Thor$147,980-29%404-471$366$177,223,3648Paramount
5Fast Five$144,270-29%458-271$315$207,752,2109Universal
6Water for Elephants$68,958-34%292-59$236$57,689,23210Fox
7Something Borrowed$57,577-38%30391$190$38,438,3108Warner Bros.
8Soul Surfer$55,732-26%240-24$232$43,062,59412Sony / TriStar
9The Lincoln Lawyer$39,581-31%189-31$209$57,626,05615Lionsgate
10The Art of Getting By$36,908-24%307-303$120$1,351,9802Fox Searchlight
11Rango$34,864-21%156-32$223$123,010,65517Paramount
12Jumping the Broom$23,008-50%117-94$197$37,295,3948Sony / TriStar
13Source Code$18,793-31%106-55$177$54,532,07313Summit
14Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$16,676-21%114-48$146$9,981,3679Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beginners$133,601-36%7228$1,856$1,550,0554Focus
2Born to Be Wild 3D$60,650-25%470$1,290$7,732,32512Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$30,415-34%330$922$26,071,89567Warner Bros. / IMAX
4A Better Life$21,029-5%4--$5,257$62,0871Summit
5Insidious$20,321-31%74-24$275$53,526,43213FilmDistrict
6Limitless$13,040-28%85-32$153$79,174,22415Relativity Media
7Submarine$12,526-27%26-2$482$288,9424Weinstein Company
8Hanna$11,737-27%59-32$199$40,201,35812Focus
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$8,261-19%58-32$142$52,639,18014Fox
10Jane Eyre (2011)$8,089-36%51-17$159$11,172,83116Focus
11Win Win$5,816-41%32-35$182$10,123,03915Fox Searchlight
12The Beaver$5,235-18%6643$79$958,3198Summit
13The Conspirator$4,711-13%25-19$188$11,487,48811Roadside Attractions
14Everything Must Go$4,703-27%33-22$143$2,631,1347Roadside Attractions
15Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$4,475-49%46-25$97$52,889,16310Lionsgate
16The Last Mountain$2,666-36%6-1$444$83,1154Dada Films
17Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,26283%6-4$377$212,64141Collective Eye
18Scream 4$1,951-19%18-21$108$38,176,89211Weinstein Company
19Beautiful Boy$1,534-41%4-4$384$63,9314Anchor Bay Films
20Kill the Irishman$464-50%2--$232$1,187,71116Anchor Bay Films
2135 and Ticking$426-52%10$426$75,5396Image Entertainment
22The Music Never Stopped$168-39%2-1$84$250,00015Roadside Attractions