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 Tue, Dec. 6 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$1,315,11115%4,046-20$325$249,388,8093Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$682,44419%3,4400$198$57,611,1812Disney
3Hugo$671,27730%1,840563$365$26,310,1922Paramount
4Immortals$494,01916%2,627-50$188$76,579,4184Relativity Media
5Arthur Christmas$428,48031%3,3760$127$26,099,9522Sony / Columbia
6Happy Feet Two$402,14729%3,536-75$114$52,418,9903Warner Bros.
7Jack and Jill$377,08234%3,04920$124$64,823,4584Sony / Columbia
8Tower Heist$324,54023%2,404-70$135$71,186,5455Universal
9J. Edgar$286,04928%1,98575$144$33,078,6894Warner Bros.
10Puss in Boots (2011)$207,02022%2,750-255$75$139,891,7646Paramount / DreamWorks
11Moneyball$64,71323%1,004817$64$73,904,73911Sony / Columbia
12The Ides of March$62,84625%1,016857$62$40,236,6919Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$465,36132%574141$811$18,495,5083Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$138,38025%2440$567$4,109,4832Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$123,07628%710-165$173$33,304,6345Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$60,92029%421-36$145$35,958,7516Fox
5Courageous$28,06422%26554$106$33,087,15610Sony / TriStar
6Like Crazy$27,52423%1522$181$2,924,1916Paramount Vantage
7Margin Call$26,88161%15111$178$4,728,3367Roadside Attractions
8The Way$24,53632%16059$153$3,666,8849Producers Distribution Agency
9Dolphin Tale$24,48225%410194$60$70,758,96011Warner Bros.
1050/50$17,64531%196-14$90$34,791,28710Summit
11The Three Musketeers (2011)$14,47035%208-16$70$20,119,6267Summit
12Footloose (2011)$11,01422%309-75$36$51,051,3058Paramount
13Paranormal Activity 3$10,875-3%255-100$43$103,464,5117Paramount
14Anonymous$9,46929%10533$90$4,412,2406Sony / Columbia
15Abduction$7,61321%151-12$50$27,981,56911Lionsgate
16Contagion$6,78522%155-63$44$75,578,74413Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$43,81011%10--$4,381$432,6671Fox Searchlight
2The Artist$22,1336%62$3,689$544,6582Weinstein Company
3Born to Be Wild 3D$17,638167%490$360$14,588,61535Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Martha Marcy May Marlene$8,9553%84-29$107$2,749,6877Fox Searchlight
5Drive (2011)$8,29215%86-7$96$34,613,80912FilmDistrict
6The Rum Diary$6,14426%639$98$13,029,9166FilmDistrict
7The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$5,890304%245$245$166,8792Warner Bros.
8Pastorela$5,581-20%55--$101$94,7661Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,89913%84-19$46$176,653,74418Fox
10Answers to Nothing$2,26136%21--$108$18,1881Roadside Attractions
11Circumstance$1,665-3%2--$833$449,16615Roadside Attractions
12Inni$648-27%2-3$324$110,9996Cinema Purgatorio
13Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$47034%31-17$15$38,529,48716Weinstein Company
14Sarah's Key$3275%7-20$47$7,692,33920Weinstein Company
15Laugh at My Pain$15122%51$30$7,704,75613CodeBlack Entertainment