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 Thu, Jun. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$21,540,018-43%4,011--$5,370$64,765,3470Paramount / DreamWorks
2Cars 2$5,207,012-6%4,115--$1,265$90,930,6151Disney
3Bad Teacher$2,938,181-1%3,049--$964$45,445,9711Sony / Columbia
4Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,300,779-3%3,3423$389$45,024,7222Fox
5Green Lantern$1,266,0314%3,514-302$360$95,688,2842Warner Bros.
6Super 8$1,216,6052%3,42416$355$100,543,0273Paramount
7Bridesmaids$675,7508%1,590-983$425$149,374,3657Universal
8X-Men: First Class$558,1016%2,023-1352$276$135,711,7274Fox
9Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$535,92520%1,742-1000$308$231,547,8936Disney
10The Hangover Part II$474,19411%2,025-1435$234$245,851,8825Warner Bros.
11Kung Fu Panda 2$473,3045%2,527-942$187$155,194,6675Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$162,7236%215100$757$6,503,4365Fox Searchlight
2Rio (2011)$99,2390%344-64$288$140,032,54811Fox
3Thor$75,40320%404-471$187$177,517,2808Paramount
4Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$52,258-6%891-1633$59$13,801,5093Relativity Media
5Fast Five$46,3054%343-386$135$207,971,4459Universal
6Water for Elephants$42,8247%292-59$147$57,854,95310Fox
7Something Borrowed$36,93031%23119$160$38,576,5538Warner Bros.
8Rango$23,86413%156-32$153$123,096,80717Paramount
9The Lincoln Lawyer$18,1014%189-31$96$57,697,21315Lionsgate
10Source Code$11,73316%106-55$111$54,577,39813Summit
11Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$10,381-6%114-48$91$10,027,1819Weinstein Company
12The Art of Getting By$8,717-1%129-481$68$1,423,7722Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$64,91011%470$1,381$7,975,72612Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Beginners$50,618-7%7329$693$1,766,3684Focus
3Hubble 3D$28,1576%330$853$26,183,94667Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Limitless$7,90234%85-32$93$79,203,16115Relativity Media
5Insidious$7,560-26%74-24$102$53,565,96813FilmDistrict
6Submarine$6,3724%26-2$245$314,7924Weinstein Company
7Hanna$6,02816%59-32$102$40,224,91712Focus
8Jane Eyre (2011)$5,711-5%51-17$112$11,196,17316Focus
9A Better Life$5,1252%4--$1,281$83,6701Summit
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$4,8464%58-32$84$52,659,57814Fox
11The Beaver$3,2226%6643$49$970,8168Summit
12Win Win$2,46219%32-35$77$10,132,53815Fox Searchlight
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$2,142-13%46-25$47$52,898,64910Lionsgate
14Everything Must Go$2,007-15%33-22$61$2,640,2997Roadside Attractions
15The Conspirator$1,87824%0-44--$11,494,02711Roadside Attractions
16The Last Mountain$1,23958%6-1$207$86,8304Dada Films
17Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,16889%4--$292$215,70641Collective Eye
18Scream 4$1,0032%18-21$56$38,180,92811Weinstein Company
19Beautiful Boy$6213%4-4$155$66,4904Anchor Bay Films
2035 and Ticking$130117%10$130$75,8646Image Entertainment
21Kill the Irishman$1307%20$65$1,188,19416Anchor Bay Films
22The Music Never Stopped$52-37%2-1$26$250,27515Roadside Attractions