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 Sat, Oct. 22 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 3$17,203,500-35%3,321--$5,180$43,509,2451Paramount
2Real Steel$4,885,15157%3,412-28$1,432$63,898,2823Disney / DreamWorks
3Footloose (2011)$4,526,66629%3,5556$1,273$28,049,6512Paramount
4The Three Musketeers (2011)$3,517,99518%3,017--$1,166$6,487,6821Summit
5The Ides of March$2,229,90646%2,042-157$1,092$28,018,0463Sony / Columbia
6Dolphin Tale$1,849,60548%2,828-458$654$63,286,7295Warner Bros.
7Moneyball$1,816,37837%2,353-487$772$62,801,2625Sony / Columbia
8Johnny English Reborn$1,645,13541%1,552--$1,060$2,808,9801Universal
9The Thing (2011)$1,302,82530%2,995-1$435$13,285,4952Universal
1050/50$1,222,17732%1,932-459$633$28,133,5874Summit
11Courageous$1,004,88427%1,195-19$841$24,279,7674Sony / TriStar
12The Big Year$721,48726%2,1500$336$5,614,5232Fox
13The Lion King 3D$563,54383%1,091-879$517$92,225,4216Disney
14Dream House$532,40540%1,224-948$435$19,959,5304Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$384,69842%901-783$427$73,277,5367Warner Bros.
2The Mighty Macs$356,4133%975--$366$703,2531Quaker Media
3The Help$315,99545%776-491$407$166,010,45911Disney / DreamWorks
4Abduction$268,09650%753-954$356$26,658,7275Lionsgate
5Drive (2011)$254,34336%367-336$693$33,021,9326FilmDistrict
6Killer Elite$177,02546%751-680$236$24,520,6255Open Road
7The Smurfs$168,09055%327-43$514$140,444,76813Sony / Columbia
8What's Your Number?$124,06026%343-939$362$13,620,0434Fox
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$106,04050%249-24$426$175,570,76012Fox
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$101,96829%308146$331$83,586,57613Warner Bros.
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$78,22542%240-90$326$380,484,06615Warner Bros.
12Captain America: The First Avenger$70,75239%184-62$385$176,384,41714Paramount
13Colombiana$53,53066%17644$304$36,511,0099Sony / TriStar
14Laugh at My Pain$52,35950%103-85$508$7,533,0837CodeBlack Entertainment
15Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$49,00890%178-133$275$38,165,19010Weinstein Company
16The Debt$47,82569%119-81$402$31,028,1388Focus
17Cowboys & Aliens$40,61538%131-77$310$100,093,04113Universal
18Shark Night 3D$30,53888%102-13$299$18,712,4458Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Margin Call$239,13141%56--$4,270$408,4211Roadside Attractions
2Martha Marcy May Marlene$54,37635%4--$13,594$94,5411Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$34,0657%490$695$13,643,77229Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Zookeeper$19,16467%94-61$204$80,347,86016Sony / Columbia
5Our Idiot Brother$13,64628%7938$173$24,723,5789Weinstein Company
6Munger Road$13,63522%16-16$852$214,0474Freestyle Releasing
7Machine Gun Preacher$12,80939%25-18$512$466,3305Relativity Media
8Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$12,71842%53-27$240$23,919,3369FilmDistrict
9Warrior (2011)$10,95211%65-70$168$13,624,7697Lionsgate
10Horrible Bosses$10,31138%50-35$206$117,524,03416Warner Bros. / New Line
11Sarah's Key$9,04431%48-38$188$7,019,40714Weinstein Company
12Labios Rojos$8,81335%43-24$205$113,1342Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$5,16461%21-1$246$471,1128Indomina Media
14I Don't Know How She Does It$3,78735%29-78$131$9,593,3336Weinstein Company
15Seven Days in Utopia$3,648-14%20-21$182$4,351,7238Visio Entertainment
16Circumstance$3,55952%10-9$356$415,7279Roadside Attractions
17Texas Killing Fields$3,42814%41$857$19,8042Anchor Bay Films
18Apollo 18$2,85723%13-5$220$17,551,1448Weinstein Company
19Dirty Girl$1,56136%5-5$312$46,5073Weinstein Company
20The Future$1,416-18%14-2$101$558,33713Roadside Attractions
21Project Nim$74357%129$62$401,16516Roadside Attractions
22Thunder Soul$41275%4-8$103$142,6365Roadside Attractions