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. 12 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1New Year's Eve$988,277-64%3,505--$282$14,007,4571Warner Bros. / New Line
2The Sitter$908,668-61%2,750--$330$10,760,1031Fox
3The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$649,222-67%3,604-442$180$260,051,8914Lionsgate / Summit
4Hugo$464,034-73%2,608768$178$33,878,7533Paramount
5The Muppets$408,232-80%3,328-112$123$66,150,3603Disney
6Arthur Christmas$302,821-85%3,272-104$93$33,703,4193Sony / Columbia
7Immortals$282,041-58%2,299-328$123$80,150,7735Relativity Media
8Happy Feet Two$218,178-80%2,840-696$77$57,008,5834Warner Bros.
9Tower Heist$175,865-65%2,069-335$85$74,298,0506Universal
10Jack and Jill$165,614-78%2,787-262$59$68,692,9995Sony / Columbia
11J. Edgar$138,153-52%1,555-430$89$34,899,2645Warner Bros.
12Puss in Boots (2011)$100,715-80%1,843-907$55$141,974,1897Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$420,304-60%876302$480$24,050,8654Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$89,927-59%2440$369$5,208,5883Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$57,895-52%470-240$123$34,044,1036Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$40,088-55%354-67$113$36,445,9807Fox
5Like Crazy$20,029-54%16210$124$3,167,1217Paramount Vantage
6Courageous$16,389-78%191-74$86$33,350,02811Sony / TriStar
7Dolphin Tale$16,013-78%342-68$47$71,084,66512Warner Bros.
8Moneyball$15,881-51%208-796$76$74,192,79312Sony / Columbia
9Margin Call$15,569-65%148-3$105$4,962,6498Roadside Attractions
10Paranormal Activity 3$15,235-59%30247$50$103,644,2398Paramount
11The Way$13,898--120-40$116$3,850,86610Producers Distribution Agency
12The Ides of March$12,391-55%187-829$66$40,480,27210Sony / Columbia
13The Three Musketeers (2011)$8,629-60%168-40$51$20,236,1468Summit
1450/50$8,521-51%146-50$58$34,896,49911Summit
15Abduction$5,551-69%131-20$42$28,069,77712Lionsgate
16Footloose (2011)$5,376-63%201-108$27$51,147,8309Paramount
17Contagion$4,644-57%111-44$42$75,643,38714Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$36,112-58%2111$1,720$817,6132Fox Searchlight
2Young Adult$35,299-63%8--$4,412$345,5621Paramount
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$34,415-66%4--$8,604$344,9771Focus
4The Artist$34,226-63%1610$2,139$922,9673Weinstein Company
5Born to Be Wild 3D$9,157-52%490$187$14,684,99236Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$7,148-79%251$286$304,3053Warner Bros.
7Drive (2011)$6,582-51%70-16$94$34,684,07913FilmDistrict
8Martha Marcy May Marlene$6,135-55%72-12$85$2,827,2198Fox Searchlight
9The Rum Diary$3,658-60%630$58$13,074,1207FilmDistrict
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,233-68%61-23$53$176,701,31919Fox
11Pastorela$2,695-73%44-11$61$139,2652Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$335-83%23-8$15$38,536,71117Weinstein Company
13Circumstance$334-71%1-2$334$452,93616Roadside Attractions
14Project Nim$253-64%2--$127$410,33023Roadside Attractions
15Answers to Nothing$146-28%7-14$21$21,4502Roadside Attractions
16The Future$46-50%1--$46$568,55520Roadside Attractions
17Inni$19-94%1-2$19$113,9917Cinema Purgatorio