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 Mon, Dec. 5 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$1,147,289-71%4,046-20$284$248,073,6983Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$571,567-82%3,4400$166$56,928,7372Disney
3Hugo$517,730-76%1,840563$281$25,638,9152Paramount
4Immortals$426,225-65%2,627-50$162$76,085,3994Relativity Media
5Arthur Christmas$327,985-86%3,3760$97$25,671,4722Sony / Columbia
6Happy Feet Two$312,277-82%3,536-75$88$52,016,8433Warner Bros.
7Jack and Jill$280,922-78%3,04920$92$64,446,3764Sony / Columbia
8Tower Heist$263,250-70%2,404-70$110$70,862,0055Universal
9J. Edgar$223,148-60%1,98575$112$32,792,6404Warner Bros.
10Puss in Boots (2011)$170,302-82%2,750-255$62$139,684,7446Paramount / DreamWorks
11Moneyball$52,541-59%1,004817$52$73,840,02611Sony / Columbia
12The Ides of March$50,255-59%1,016857$49$40,173,8459Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$353,076-69%574141$615$18,030,1473Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$110,352-66%2440$452$3,971,1032Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$96,213-60%710-165$136$33,181,5585Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$47,336-64%421-36$112$35,897,8316Fox
5Courageous$22,968-66%26554$87$33,059,09210Sony / TriStar
6Like Crazy$22,294-66%1522$147$2,896,6676Paramount Vantage
7Dolphin Tale$19,602-79%410194$48$70,734,47811Warner Bros.
8The Way$18,624--16059$116$3,642,3489Producers Distribution Agency
9Margin Call$16,700-69%15111$111$4,701,4557Roadside Attractions
1050/50$13,471-59%196-14$69$34,773,64210Summit
11Paranormal Activity 3$11,192-61%255-100$44$103,453,6367Paramount
12The Three Musketeers (2011)$10,691-63%208-16$51$20,105,1567Summit
13Footloose (2011)$9,057-69%309-75$29$51,040,2918Paramount
14Anonymous$7,315-62%10533$70$4,402,7716Sony / Columbia
15Abduction$6,279-74%151-12$42$27,973,95611Lionsgate
16Contagion$5,580-65%155-63$36$75,571,95913Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$39,338-60%10--$3,934$388,8571Fox Searchlight
2The Artist$20,901-69%62$3,484$522,5252Weinstein Company
3Martha Marcy May Marlene$8,721-62%84-29$104$2,740,7327Fox Searchlight
4Drive (2011)$7,195-52%86-7$84$34,605,51712FilmDistrict
5Pastorela$7,010-79%55--$127$89,1851Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Born to Be Wild 3D$6,594-64%490$135$14,570,97735Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Rum Diary$4,873-57%639$77$13,023,7726FilmDistrict
8Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,449-73%84-19$41$176,649,84518Fox
9Circumstance$1,71230%3--$571$447,50115Roadside Attractions
10Answers to Nothing$1,665-48%21--$79$15,9271Roadside Attractions
11The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$1,458-93%245$61$160,9892Warner Bros.
12Inni$882107%3-2$294$110,3516Cinema Purgatorio
13Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$351-88%31-17$11$38,529,01716Weinstein Company
14Sarah's Key$312-51%7-20$45$7,692,01220Weinstein Company
15Laugh at My Pain$124-50%51$25$7,704,60513CodeBlack Entertainment