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 Thu, Oct. 20 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Footloose (2011)$1,143,66411%3,549--$322$20,013,0311Paramount
2Real Steel$1,022,3459%3,4400$297$55,907,6402Disney / DreamWorks
3The Ides of March$585,711-8%2,1990$266$24,259,3262Sony / Columbia
4The Thing (2011)$509,320-10%2,996--$170$10,979,3451Universal
5Dolphin Tale$488,15926%3,286-192$149$60,190,6754Warner Bros.
6Moneyball$482,867-3%2,840-178$170$59,658,8944Sony / Columbia
750/50$405,616-2%2,391-88$170$25,985,5403Summit
8Courageous$324,67918%1,21453$267$22,481,1663Sony / TriStar
9The Big Year$255,0200%2,150--$119$4,319,3781Fox
10The Lion King 3D$211,0075%1,970-297$107$91,354,3005Disney
11Dream House$163,6501%2,172-492$75$19,047,6803Universal
12Contagion$153,778-2%1,684-566$91$72,621,2926Warner Bros.
13The Help$153,0564%1,267-797$121$165,476,83610Disney / DreamWorks
14Abduction$112,7837%1,707-884$66$26,211,5994Lionsgate
15Killer Elite$102,338-9%1,431-980$72$24,216,5994Open Road
16What's Your Number?$100,112-6%1,282-1729$78$13,397,2283Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Drive (2011)$112,090-2%703-627$159$32,580,4495FilmDistrict
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$33,97822%330-77$103$380,350,63714Warner Bros.
3Captain America: The First Avenger$26,08527%246-57$106$176,262,65213Paramount
4Rise of the Planet of the Apes$21,6146%273-109$79$175,394,19911Fox
5Laugh at My Pain$18,918-2%188-60$101$7,445,8766CodeBlack Entertainment
6The Debt$18,027-9%200-158$90$30,952,0747Focus
7Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$17,16042%311-54$55$38,090,4379Weinstein Company
8Crazy, Stupid, Love$15,4094%162-60$95$83,405,32112Warner Bros.
9Cowboys & Aliens$14,5057%2082$70$100,022,94112Universal
10Warrior (2011)$7,9791%135-184$59$13,603,9426Lionsgate
11I Don't Know How She Does It$4,19015%107-133$39$9,586,7315Weinstein Company
12Shark Night 3D$2,1721%115-30$19$18,665,6877Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$19,0273%49--$388$13,577,90328Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Sarah's Key$8,70816%86-27$101$7,003,44813Weinstein Company
3Machine Gun Preacher$7,8676%43-50$183$444,2994Relativity Media
4Horrible Bosses$5,71615%85-57$67$117,506,25915Warner Bros. / New Line
5Labios Rojos$5,016-12%67--$75$97,8131Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Munger Road$3,8364%3223$120$190,6273Freestyle Releasing
7Seven Days in Utopia$3,15116%41-36$77$4,343,8387Visio Entertainment
8Our Idiot Brother$2,69843%41-26$66$24,699,2948Weinstein Company
9Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$2,382-18%80-34$30$23,897,6468FilmDistrict
10Circumstance$2,271-21%191$120$409,8198Roadside Attractions
11Apollo 18$1,2053%18-28$67$17,545,9667Weinstein Company
12Texas Killing Fields$1,16617%3--$389$13,3741Anchor Bay Films
13Dirty Girl$1,130-9%101$113$43,7992Weinstein Company
14The Future$92854%0-15--$555,19812Roadside Attractions
15Margaret$9125%6-8$152$43,0583Fox Searchlight
16Thunder Soul$603-9%12-25$50$141,9894Roadside Attractions
17Project Nim$16756%4-2$42$400,22715Roadside Attractions