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 Mon, Aug. 8 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rise of the Planet of the Apes$6,652,998-58%3,648--$1,824$61,459,1891Fox
2The Smurfs$2,889,166-57%3,3950$851$78,793,4122Sony / Columbia
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,804,337-57%3,175-970$568$344,890,3824Warner Bros.
4Cowboys & Aliens$1,745,610-63%3,7544$465$69,095,1302Universal
5Captain America: The First Avenger$1,672,605-59%3,620-95$462$144,876,5723Paramount
6Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,667,156-53%3,0200$552$43,769,4082Warner Bros.
7The Change-Up$1,631,280-57%2,913--$560$15,162,3951Universal
8Friends With Benefits$717,504-49%2,398-528$299$49,243,7913Sony / Screen Gems
9Horrible Bosses$638,407-53%2,025-485$315$105,763,8225Warner Bros. / New Line
10Transformers: Dark of the Moon$422,227-57%1,854-750$228$344,666,7136Paramount / DreamWorks
11Zookeeper$300,179-52%1,724-694$174$73,913,7195Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$180,765-59%926-837$195$184,988,0957Disney
2Winnie the Pooh$119,691-62%716-916$167$24,560,3194Disney
3Kung Fu Panda 2$81,849-46%290-29$282$162,777,80611Paramount / DreamWorks
4Bridesmaids$78,540-51%374-110$210$166,577,60513Universal
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$63,386-43%327-85$194$65,490,3558Fox
6X-Men: First Class$54,211-41%236-18$230$145,346,56210Fox
7Bad Teacher$48,974-44%350-415$140$97,562,9417Sony / Columbia
8The Hangover Part II$43,779-49%303-43$144$253,632,94211Warner Bros.
9The Tree of Life$38,760-54%170-26$228$12,196,87911Fox Searchlight
10Super 8$24,234-50%174-151$139$125,341,0339Paramount
11Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$23,379-61%11623$202$1,038,8494Fox Searchlight
12Monte Carlo$21,312-36%141-27$151$22,537,4116Fox
13Beginners$20,135-66%126-21$160$5,364,71310Focus
14Larry Crowne$19,465-54%229-106$85$35,417,9506Universal
15Rio (2011)$18,637-57%139-35$134$143,341,91817Fox
16Thor$17,362-47%141-49$123$180,843,01314Paramount
17Green Lantern$15,675-49%108-27$145$114,586,0598Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sarah's Key$64,110-66%6734$957$1,344,0013Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$59,168-28%490$1,208$10,857,44018Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Devil's Double$25,498-61%3328$773$367,6492Lionsgate
4Another Earth$21,982-62%5535$400$474,7613Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$12,154-52%80$1,519$307,9852Sony / Screen Gems
6The Future$10,865-63%1817$604$141,1362Roadside Attractions
7Fast Five$8,170-55%86-39$95$209,813,17515Universal
8Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$6,625-25%88-73$75$14,965,7849Relativity Media
9A Better Life$5,269-58%74-34$71$1,669,6087Summit
10Project Nim$3,589-58%210$171$273,7125Roadside Attractions
11Gun Hill Road$3,568-68%3--$1,189$41,5311Motion Film Group
12Insidious$1,601-53%26-15$62$53,968,17019FilmDistrict
13Submarine$494-46%10-9$49$459,72910Weinstein Company
14Everything Must Go$292-69%80$37$2,700,12313Roadside Attractions
15Delhi Belly$245-81%6-1$41$1,532,0026UTV Communications
16The Conspirator$33-66%2--$17$11,532,03017Roadside Attractions