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 Wed, Oct. 26 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 3$2,140,394-25%3,321--$645$60,459,4421Paramount
2Footloose (2011)$630,600-18%3,5556$177$32,347,5712Paramount
3The Three Musketeers (2011)$583,031-31%3,017--$193$10,760,7131Summit
4Real Steel$552,524-18%3,412-28$162$68,563,6413Disney / DreamWorks
5The Ides of March$423,420-14%2,042-157$207$30,382,6353Sony / Columbia
6Moneyball$356,472-10%2,353-487$151$64,671,3595Sony / Columbia
750/50$274,949-15%1,932-459$142$29,663,9504Summit
8The Thing (2011)$269,550-18%2,995-1$90$14,932,7452Universal
9Dolphin Tale$231,136-1%2,828-458$82$65,103,7055Warner Bros.
10Courageous$200,590-12%1,195-19$168$25,605,2804Sony / TriStar
11Johnny English Reborn$193,990-37%1,552--$125$4,546,8901Universal
12The Big Year$141,845-19%2,1500$66$6,447,5772Fox
13The Lion King 3D$74,842-11%1,091-879$69$92,852,7876Disney
14Dream House$61,195-9%1,224-948$50$20,369,5504Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$80,664-4%776-491$104$166,423,72011Disney / DreamWorks
2The Mighty Macs$77,398-11%975--$79$1,192,1171Quaker Media
3Contagion$71,481-5%901-783$79$73,689,9827Warner Bros.
4Drive (2011)$64,069-15%367-336$175$33,393,5666FilmDistrict
5The Way$56,145-9%283--$198$1,181,7973Producers Distribution Agency
6Killer Elite$43,601-18%751-680$58$24,757,7375Open Road
7Abduction$37,396-20%753-954$50$26,917,2155Lionsgate
8What's Your Number?$29,723-23%343-939$87$13,786,2444Fox
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$25,881-15%308146$84$83,724,06313Warner Bros.
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$18,739-15%249-24$75$175,691,07212Fox
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$15,753-2%240-90$66$380,578,23115Warner Bros.
12The Debt$11,750-4%119-81$99$31,085,1468Focus
13Captain America: The First Avenger$11,733-14%184-62$64$176,460,45114Paramount
14Cowboys & Aliens$9,170-7%131-77$70$100,144,81113Universal
15Laugh at My Pain$8,262-15%103-85$80$7,584,5797CodeBlack Entertainment
16Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$5,3851%178-133$30$38,213,84010Weinstein Company
17Shark Night 3D$4,376-8%102-13$43$18,746,9428Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Margin Call$52,1110%56--$931$714,4271Roadside Attractions
2Martha Marcy May Marlene$15,201-3%4--$3,800$184,3281Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$14,061-10%490$287$13,711,88929Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Sarah's Key$5,475-5%48-38$114$7,040,99914Weinstein Company
5Our Idiot Brother$4,541-11%7938$57$24,746,7689Weinstein Company
6Machine Gun Preacher$4,021-14%25-18$161$488,3585Relativity Media
7Warrior (2011)$2,674-12%65-70$41$13,640,7817Lionsgate
8Horrible Bosses$2,5792%50-35$52$117,535,92916Warner Bros. / New Line
9Labios Rojos$2,448-1%43-24$57$129,5022Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$1,759-25%53-27$33$23,931,4999FilmDistrict
11Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$1,422-23%21--$68$479,1048Indomina Media
12Texas Killing Fields$1,388-12%41$347$27,0712Anchor Bay Films
13Munger Road$1,300-20%16-16$81$224,6824Freestyle Releasing
14Circumstance$1,017-36%10-9$102$422,3149Roadside Attractions
15Dirty Girl$721-11%5-5$144$49,9053Weinstein Company
16I Don't Know How She Does It$676-28%29-78$23$9,597,5446Weinstein Company
17Project Nim$566-16%128$47$205,20216Roadside Attractions
18The Future$525-2%14--$38$561,95613Roadside Attractions
19Apollo 18$456-48%13-5$35$17,553,8398Weinstein Company
20Thunder Soul$74-50%4-8$19$143,3525Roadside Attractions