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. 29 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$1,806,855-58%2,77888$650$98,640,2783Disney / DreamWorks
2Colombiana$1,161,307-60%2,614--$444$11,569,4831Sony / TriStar
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$927,821-64%3,346-125$277$149,601,8394Fox
4Our Idiot Brother$868,670-57%2,555--$340$7,880,3011Weinstein Company
5Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$800,638-58%2,760--$290$9,326,3661FilmDistrict
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$577,286-67%3,30510$175$22,567,5152Weinstein Company
7The Smurfs$480,553-66%2,861-196$168$126,428,7875Sony / Columbia
8Conan the Barbarian (2011)$397,835-61%3,0150$132$17,058,5042Lionsgate
930 Minutes or Less$373,887-54%2,071-817$181$32,163,3253Sony / Columbia
10Fright Night (2011)$365,025-58%3,1140$117$14,646,8032Disney / DreamWorks
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$362,483-56%1,577-363$230$70,094,9855Warner Bros.
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$358,175-58%1,328-410$270$371,163,2377Warner Bros.
13One Day$297,876-56%1,7254$173$10,087,3992Focus
14Final Destination 5$296,116-57%2,085-1070$142$38,211,1003Warner Bros. / New Line
15Captain America: The First Avenger$238,314-64%1,424-564$167$169,008,6206Paramount
16Cowboys & Aliens$218,260-69%1,559-654$140$93,742,2105Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Change-Up$126,585-61%904-729$140$34,622,1604Universal
2Horrible Bosses$86,078-51%465-290$185$113,901,2298Warner Bros. / New Line
3Sarah's Key$79,654-56%27271$293$4,164,4036Weinstein Company
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$73,211-60%51834$141$349,530,4199Paramount / DreamWorks
5Super 8$31,430-64%242156$130$126,080,61712Paramount
6Bridesmaids$31,080-49%222-22$140$168,079,84016Universal
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$21,135-72%239-35$88$67,050,56211Fox
8Green Lantern$20,978-70%222-20$94$115,997,47411Warner Bros.
9Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$19,678-64%223-1759$88$11,706,0393Fox
10Kung Fu Panda 2$19,541-70%194-43$101$164,296,79714Paramount / DreamWorks
11X-Men: First Class$12,486-59%110-36$114$146,136,15313Fox
12The Hangover Part II$7,657-55%128-65$60$254,309,71314Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$34,676-36%490$708$12,160,00821Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Another Earth$12,840-56%947$137$1,116,8986Fox Searchlight
3The Devil's Double$12,757-61%78-5$164$1,190,8135Lionsgate
4The Tree of Life$12,468-52%971$129$12,864,89514Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$8,751-51%30-14$292$720,0025Sony / Screen Gems
6Bad Teacher$8,351-48%75--$111$98,273,04510Sony / Columbia
7Beginners$5,988-37%50-19$120$5,713,58813Focus
8Circumstance$5,668-52%7--$810$48,9861Roadside Attractions
9The Future$4,846-52%22-9$220$403,6755Roadside Attractions
10Monte Carlo$3,619-68%91-16$40$22,904,1549Fox
11Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$2,110-55%15-22$141$1,320,4537Fox Searchlight
12Rio (2011)$1,421-80%39-29$36$143,598,62020Fox
13A Better Life$1,214-66%31-34$39$1,755,53310Summit
14Project Nim$1,034-61%164$65$348,1988Roadside Attractions
15Redemption Road$1,032-80%26--$40$20,1841Freestyle Releasing
165 Days of War$467-15%1-1$467$11,3012Anchor Bay Films
17Insidious$416-58%7-2$59$53,991,55322FilmDistrict
18The Conspirator$58-88%3-1$19$11,538,01620Roadside Attractions
19Everything Must Go$54-76%3-1$18$2,709,08116Roadside Attractions