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 Tue, Sep. 13 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$2,192,30532%3,222--$680$26,251,2231Warner Bros.
2The Help$1,020,58236%2,93592$348$139,100,2045Disney / DreamWorks
3Warrior (2011)$576,46629%1,869--$308$6,264,9311Lionsgate
4The Debt$539,80050%1,87650$288$22,767,1532Focus
5Colombiana$394,68328%2,354-260$168$30,429,5783Sony / TriStar
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$334,89630%2,887-306$116$168,439,7176Fox
7Our Idiot Brother$313,50735%2,396-159$131$21,854,5183Weinstein Company
8Shark Night 3D$264,18835%2,84842$93$15,133,1582Relativity Media
9Apollo 18$252,42131%3,3302$76$15,384,3852Weinstein Company
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$217,44044%1,310-140$166$78,786,2427Warner Bros.
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$182,97218%2,251-529$81$21,338,7923FilmDistrict
12Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$160,92723%1,500--$107$1,706,9781Sony / Columbia
13The Smurfs$93,41324%1,977-729$47$136,177,8927Sony / Columbia
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$84,00531%2,544-463$33$34,371,2014Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$99,18215%810-282$122$377,290,1119Warner Bros.
2Horrible Bosses$74,54330%50381$148$115,927,70710Warner Bros. / New Line
3Captain America: The First Avenger$74,40423%804-246$93$173,594,7988Paramount
4Seven Days in Utopia$73,23423%555-6$132$2,882,7782Visio Entertainment
5Cowboys & Aliens$69,0457%920-265$75$98,175,2667Universal
630 Minutes or Less$57,88827%646-709$90$36,575,7685Sony / Columbia
7One Day$56,81959%492-695$115$13,529,5644Focus
8Sarah's Key$53,39746%306-13$175$5,942,3248Weinstein Company
9Final Destination 5$47,47525%655-571$72$41,841,9285Warner Bros. / New Line
10Conan the Barbarian (2011)$39,31618%551-1171$71$20,993,4664Lionsgate
11The Change-Up$39,27540%374-165$105$36,552,6056Universal
12Bridesmaids$18,71536%197-23$95$168,781,09018Universal
13Saving Private Perez$18,7064%1654$113$1,212,0982Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Transformers: Dark of the Moon$18,33134%177-247$104$350,832,07611Paramount / DreamWorks
15Super 8$12,81911%203-37$63$126,753,03814Paramount
16Green Lantern$8,71917%155-30$56$116,480,29613Warner Bros.
17Mr. Popper's Penguins$8,36321%2520$33$67,716,78313Fox
18Kung Fu Panda 2$7,5685%164-141$46$165,016,40416Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$132,708-8%98--$1,354$2,184,7041CodeBlack Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$12,97044%490$265$12,704,06623Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Attack the Block$8,34218%51-15$164$964,6467Sony / Screen Gems
4Monte Carlo$6,44224%6928$93$23,059,44411Fox
5Circumstance$6,43623%2312$280$193,7983Roadside Attractions
6The Tree of Life$4,901-17%62-24$79$13,101,29416Fox Searchlight
7X-Men: First Class$3,687-2%67-34$55$146,365,63015Fox
8The Devil's Double$3,54734%33-16$107$1,327,3077Lionsgate
9Another Earth$3,0471%41-30$74$1,280,0088Fox Searchlight
10Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$2,36825%30$789$106,8492Indomina Media
11The Future$2,286-6%0-17--$480,6707Roadside Attractions
12The Hangover Part II$2,27417%60-30$38$254,460,20316Warner Bros.
13Project Nim$572-11%11-4$52$375,16210Roadside Attractions
14Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$474-23%8-4$59$1,339,0119Fox Searchlight
15Tanner Hall$396-11%5--$79$3,6421Anchor Bay Films
16The Music Never Stopped$130713%1--$130$258,22326Roadside Attractions
17Everything Must Go$76-48%40$19$2,711,43218Roadside Attractions
185 Days of War$685%1-2$68$17,3764Anchor Bay Films