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, Dec. 7 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$1,069,091-19%4,046-20$264$250,457,9003Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$567,704-17%3,4400$165$58,178,8852Disney
3Hugo$513,578-23%1,840563$279$26,823,7702Paramount
4Immortals$412,170-17%2,627-50$157$76,991,5884Relativity Media
5Arthur Christmas$380,698-11%3,3760$113$26,480,6502Sony / Columbia
6Happy Feet Two$332,087-17%3,536-75$94$52,751,0773Warner Bros.
7Jack and Jill$303,939-19%3,04920$100$65,127,3974Sony / Columbia
8Tower Heist$276,460-15%2,404-70$115$71,463,0055Universal
9J. Edgar$249,493-13%1,98575$126$33,328,1824Warner Bros.
10Puss in Boots (2011)$171,054-17%2,750-255$62$140,062,8186Paramount / DreamWorks
11Moneyball$59,071-9%1,004817$59$73,963,81011Sony / Columbia
12The Ides of March$55,090-12%1,016857$54$40,291,7819Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$378,813-19%574141$660$18,874,3213Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$116,294-16%2440$477$4,225,7772Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$100,692-18%710-165$142$33,405,3265Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$49,775-18%421-36$118$36,008,5266Fox
5Courageous$27,395-2%26554$103$33,114,55110Sony / TriStar
6Like Crazy$26,384-4%1522$174$2,950,5756Paramount Vantage
7The Way$22,408-9%16059$140$3,689,2929Producers Distribution Agency
8Margin Call$19,664-27%15111$130$4,748,0007Roadside Attractions
9Dolphin Tale$19,586-20%410194$48$70,778,54611Warner Bros.
1050/50$15,617-11%196-14$80$34,806,90410Summit
11Footloose (2011)$10,701-3%309-75$35$51,062,0068Paramount
12Paranormal Activity 3$10,540-3%255-100$41$103,475,0517Paramount
13The Three Musketeers (2011)$10,043-31%208-16$48$20,129,6697Summit
14Anonymous$9,075-4%10533$86$4,421,3156Sony / Columbia
15Abduction$6,727-12%151-12$45$27,988,29611Lionsgate
16Contagion$6,175-9%155-63$40$75,584,91913Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$32,888-25%10--$3,289$465,5551Fox Searchlight
2The Artist$23,1224%62$3,854$567,7802Weinstein Company
3Martha Marcy May Marlene$9,95811%84-29$119$2,759,6457Fox Searchlight
4Born to Be Wild 3D$9,753-45%490$199$14,598,36835Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Drive (2011)$7,292-12%86-7$85$34,621,10112FilmDistrict
6The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$6,3979%245$267$173,2762Warner Bros.
7Pastorela$6,0448%55--$110$100,8101Lionsgate / Pantelion
8The Rum Diary$5,558-10%639$88$13,035,4746FilmDistrict
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$4,2599%84-19$51$176,658,00318Fox
10Answers to Nothing$1,062-53%21--$51$19,2501Roadside Attractions
11Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$55017%31-17$18$38,530,03716Weinstein Company
12Inni$403-38%3-2$134$111,4026Cinema Purgatorio
13Sarah's Key$36612%7-20$52$7,692,70520Weinstein Company
14Laugh at My Pain$98-35%51$20$7,704,85413CodeBlack Entertainment