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 Fri, Sep. 16 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$8,919,921--2,330--$3,828$8,919,9211Disney
2Contagion$4,646,043160%3,2220$1,442$34,358,1342Warner Bros.
3Drive (2011)$4,009,445--2,886--$1,389$4,009,4451FilmDistrict
4Straw Dogs (2011)$1,979,631--2,408--$822$1,979,6311Sony / Screen Gems
5The Help$1,940,456105%3,01479$644$142,867,2106Disney / DreamWorks
6I Don't Know How She Does It$1,565,681--2,476--$632$1,565,6811Weinstein Company
7Warrior (2011)$907,496108%1,88314$482$8,049,7962Lionsgate
8The Debt$870,197101%1,831-45$475$24,491,9973Focus
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$750,013164%2,340-547$321$169,743,4197Fox
10Colombiana$721,658129%1,933-421$373$31,768,8904Sony / TriStar
11Shark Night 3D$542,589181%2,082-766$261$16,051,2903Relativity Media
12Crazy, Stupid, Love$502,732148%1,145-165$439$79,672,8238Warner Bros.
13Our Idiot Brother$408,45656%1,747-649$234$22,785,8754Weinstein Company
14Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$354,306116%1,334-917$266$22,013,2174FilmDistrict
15Apollo 18$341,25167%1,795-1535$190$16,129,6603Weinstein Company
16Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$280,010279%1,650-894$170$34,797,3775Weinstein Company
17The Smurfs$257,629190%1,419-558$182$136,608,2428Sony / Columbia
18Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$131,33919%1,5000$88$2,067,4032Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$448,266300%230132$1,949$2,855,7722CodeBlack Entertainment
2Seven Days in Utopia$186,395128%437-118$427$3,219,2283Visio Entertainment
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$180,39385%601-209$300$377,660,51610Warner Bros.
4Captain America: The First Avenger$154,360107%540-264$286$173,891,9349Paramount
5Cowboys & Aliens$150,130133%614-306$245$98,449,5968Universal
6Horrible Bosses$140,393109%444-59$316$116,199,51911Warner Bros. / New Line
7Transformers: Dark of the Moon$117,844684%306129$385$350,980,62312Paramount / DreamWorks
8Bad Teacher$98,831--474378$209$99,163,18013Sony / Columbia
9Zookeeper$95,381--3485$274$78,955,54511Sony / Columbia
10The Change-Up$72,145140%307-67$235$36,684,6757Universal
11Sarah's Key$71,22431%266-40$268$6,121,5189Weinstein Company
1230 Minutes or Less$70,14736%291-355$241$36,747,9196Sony / Columbia
13Final Destination 5$67,30548%302-353$223$41,995,1846Warner Bros. / New Line
14Bridesmaids$56,950204%170-27$335$168,787,78519Universal
15One Day$47,5688%254-238$187$13,662,5025Focus
16Mr. Popper's Penguins$36,376388%213-39$171$67,768,41314Fox
17Super 8$27,396117%159-44$172$126,804,80815Paramount
18Conan the Barbarian (2011)$26,324-27%154-397$171$21,088,6325Lionsgate
19Saving Private Perez$23,10467%116-49$199$1,265,6193Lionsgate / Pantelion
20Kung Fu Panda 2$20,643179%142-22$145$165,051,37417Paramount / DreamWorks
21Green Lantern$16,007100%103-52$155$116,512,29714Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$21,53934%490$440$12,756,15424Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Friends With Benefits$21,368--96-18$223$55,761,4089Sony / Screen Gems
3Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$15,572640%1916$820$126,8523Indomina Media
4Monte Carlo$14,939148%46-23$325$23,087,13012Fox
5Circumstance$14,596163%318$471$220,2214Roadside Attractions
6The Tree of Life$9,12732%41-21$223$13,124,54217Fox Searchlight
7Attack the Block$7,313-1%35-16$209$986,4718Sony / Screen Gems
8The Future$4,72691%293$163$490,1908Roadside Attractions
9The Devil's Double$2,8338%25-8$113$1,335,4268Lionsgate
10Another Earth$2,370-27%17-24$139$1,288,0219Fox Searchlight
11Project Nim$1,77593%176$104$378,65911Roadside Attractions
12Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$454-44%5-3$91$1,340,73410Fox Searchlight
13Tanner Hall$147-71%1-4$147$4,8372Anchor Bay Films