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 Sun, Nov. 20 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$26,450,532-34%4,061--$6,513$138,122,2611Lionsgate / Summit
2Happy Feet Two$6,116,802-34%3,606--$1,696$21,237,0681Warner Bros.
3Immortals$3,447,012-32%3,1208$1,105$53,079,8892Relativity Media
4Puss in Boots (2011)$3,308,209-33%3,415-488$969$122,391,8734Paramount / DreamWorks
5Jack and Jill$3,039,261-42%3,4380$884$40,766,4792Sony / Columbia
6Tower Heist$1,691,650-48%2,942-428$575$53,538,8203Universal
7J. Edgar$1,519,746-42%1,94737$781$20,722,8142Warner Bros.
8A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$774,257-36%1,808-1067$428$28,335,2803Warner Bros. / New Line
9In Time$447,629-40%1,367-1224$327$33,454,5334Fox
10Paranormal Activity 3$223,225-50%1,402-1374$159$102,619,1955Paramount
11Footloose (2011)$208,208-46%1,218-997$171$50,166,8696Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$160,266-38%702-1056$228$82,557,9177Disney / DreamWorks
2Like Crazy$147,835-33%10939$1,356$1,767,3584Paramount Vantage
3Courageous$134,452-25%517-388$260$32,338,4718Sony / TriStar
4Moneyball$119,436-52%409-404$292$72,641,2919Sony / Columbia
5The Ides of March$111,994-50%298-398$376$39,100,1437Sony / Columbia
6Margin Call$107,452-48%173-26$621$3,915,7915Roadside Attractions
7Martha Marcy May Marlene$105,833-39%180-3$588$2,258,4295Fox Searchlight
8Dolphin Tale$83,291-30%388-317$215$70,017,1289Warner Bros.
9The Smurfs$65,064-36%252-17$258$141,941,58817Sony / Columbia
1050/50$56,250-44%185-239$304$34,244,2638Summit
11Contagion$53,200-38%301-54$177$75,178,90611Warner Bros.
12Anonymous$53,135-28%179-303$297$4,152,9544Sony / Columbia
13The Rum Diary$45,892-23%152-795$302$12,839,2674FilmDistrict
14The Three Musketeers (2011)$37,269-58%170-499$219$19,548,5505Summit
15Abduction$35,610-33%18154$197$27,626,7199Lionsgate
16Rise of the Planet of the Apes$25,102-35%131-33$192$176,454,88516Fox
17Johnny English Reborn$24,300-38%108-102$225$8,269,1055Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$377,753-23%29--$13,026$1,269,2961Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$25,552-15%490$521$14,279,60133Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Drive (2011)$17,350-35%46-29$377$34,363,12210FilmDistrict
4Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$13,130-28%70-2$188$38,466,27514Weinstein Company
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$10,737-49%91-39$118$84,323,97017Warner Bros.
6Sarah's Key$8,942-35%52-110$172$7,661,82918Weinstein Company
7The Big Year$7,839-36%59-24$133$7,121,2456Fox
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$7,433-28%78-7$95$381,000,18519Warner Bros.
9The Mighty Macs$5,904-29%28-33$211$1,864,9525Quaker Media
10What's Your Number?$3,029-36%25-38$121$14,008,1938Fox
11Shark Night 3D$2,713-27%27-2$100$18,872,52212Relativity Media
12I Don't Know How She Does It$2,154-41%38-45$57$9,659,07410Weinstein Company
13Laugh at My Pain$1,856-35%11-2$169$7,696,63211CodeBlack Entertainment
14Machine Gun Preacher$1,306-3%197$69$531,5959Relativity Media
15Our Idiot Brother$657-37%6-6$110$24,814,83013Weinstein Company
16Inni$536-71%4--$134$88,5264Cinema Purgatorio
17Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$310-40%87$39$489,08412Indomina Media
18Circumstance$283201%2-3$142$441,40413Roadside Attractions
19Apollo 18$266-32%5-13$53$17,686,92912Weinstein Company