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. 15 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$3,891,426-54%2,534--$1,536$39,809,8421Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,547,640-60%3,69143$961$108,755,8662Fox
3The Smurfs$2,277,561-51%3,42732$665$104,056,3023Sony / Columbia
4Final Destination 5$1,855,164-58%3,155--$588$19,886,5601Warner Bros. / New Line
530 Minutes or Less$1,830,117-54%2,888--$634$15,160,2351Sony / Columbia
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,158,055-56%2,414-761$480$358,495,4105Warner Bros.
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,047,320-52%2,635-385$397$56,573,8443Warner Bros.
8Captain America: The First Avenger$985,172-57%2,835-785$348$157,956,2804Paramount
9Cowboys & Aliens$959,885-61%3,310-444$290$82,633,9003Universal
10The Change-Up$859,335-55%2,9130$295$26,698,1852Universal
11Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$840,846-44%2,040--$412$6,802,0771Fox
12Horrible Bosses$333,109-54%1,338-687$249$110,336,2536Warner Bros. / New Line
13Friends With Benefits$279,527-49%1,294-1104$216$53,358,8644Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$172,189-59%886-968$194$347,440,9897Paramount / DreamWorks
2Zookeeper$155,849-45%748-976$208$75,956,5396Sony / Columbia
3Cars 2$116,859-51%494-432$237$186,313,4168Disney
4Sarah's Key$69,202-60%10134$685$2,093,2274Weinstein Company
5Green Lantern$60,252-53%242134$249$115,097,3969Warner Bros.
6Mr. Popper's Penguins$56,850-50%294-33$193$66,151,1419Fox
7Kung Fu Panda 2$56,317-50%252-38$223$163,489,94412Paramount / DreamWorks
8Bridesmaids$51,275-51%285-89$180$167,221,17014Universal
9X-Men: First Class$28,888-45%183-53$158$145,717,43411Fox
10The Hangover Part II$26,262-52%232-71$113$253,967,55412Warner Bros.
11The Tree of Life$25,296-53%118-52$214$12,497,88112Fox Searchlight
12Bad Teacher$22,171-34%149-201$149$97,923,5928Sony / Columbia
13Super 8$17,129-49%108-66$159$125,537,19010Paramount
14Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$15,506-49%104-12$149$1,211,3735Fox Searchlight
15Monte Carlo$13,728-45%124-17$111$22,703,2167Fox
16Beginners$13,719-62%103-23$133$5,540,16511Focus
17Larry Crowne$9,960-61%166-63$60$35,575,9357Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$69,957-14%490$1,428$11,380,30219Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Devil's Double$41,441-54%8956$466$740,2353Lionsgate
3Another Earth$24,347-62%8227$297$723,4064Fox Searchlight
4Aarakshan$21,141-78%91--$232$365,8021Reliance Big Pictures
5Attack the Block$16,764-56%4032$419$470,8513Sony / Screen Gems
6Rio (2011)$10,270-53%99-40$104$143,488,55018Fox
7The Future$10,042-51%202$502$244,5943Roadside Attractions
8Thor$7,921-51%81-60$98$180,960,74915Paramount
9Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$4,360-11%55-33$79$15,005,35410Relativity Media
10Project Nim$3,805-47%18-3$211$311,4266Roadside Attractions
11A Better Life$2,216-62%51-23$43$1,700,1898Summit
12The Last Mountain$643-58%5--$129$120,75011Dada Films
13Insidious$633-63%13-13$49$53,978,57120FilmDistrict
14Submarine$364-55%7-3$52$467,06611Weinstein Company
15Everything Must Go$190-38%3-5$63$2,702,73214Roadside Attractions
16The Conspirator$150-34%20$75$11,533,55918Roadside Attractions