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, Dec. 18 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$10,334,634-30%3,703--$2,791$39,637,0791Warner Bros.
2Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$6,651,523-33%3,723--$1,787$23,244,7441Fox
3New Year's Eve$1,878,714-35%3,5050$536$24,716,1672Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Sitter$1,365,562-24%2,7522$496$17,929,9872Fox
5The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$1,205,304-30%2,958-646$407$266,327,9745Lionsgate / Summit
6Hugo$1,161,286-27%2,532-76$459$39,155,7094Paramount
7Arthur Christmas$1,141,434-27%2,929-343$390$38,501,6314Sony / Columbia
8The Muppets$1,124,649-27%2,808-520$401$70,994,5714Disney
9Happy Feet Two$363,841-19%1,780-1060$204$58,909,8735Warner Bros.
10Jack and Jill$330,672-39%1,910-877$173$70,506,6296Sony / Columbia
11Immortals$263,875-24%1,216-1083$217$81,889,3766Relativity Media
12Tower Heist$217,025-47%1,315-754$165$75,788,7407Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$3,933,794-17%425--$9,256$13,385,2041Paramount
2Young Adult$920,612-34%986978$934$3,843,0832Paramount
3The Descendants$870,519-41%8782$991$28,645,9095Fox Searchlight
4My Week with Marilyn$178,522-30%2440$732$6,087,1304Weinstein Company
5Puss in Boots (2011)$152,958-25%757-1086$202$142,775,4028Paramount / DreamWorks
6J. Edgar$104,363-40%703-852$148$35,718,8976Warner Bros.
7Dolphin Tale$58,425-33%281-61$208$71,330,86013Warner Bros.
8A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$52,068-25%202-268$258$34,413,0797Warner Bros. / New Line
9In Time$48,960-26%273-81$179$36,732,6948Fox
10Courageous$42,04716%101-90$416$33,514,22812Sony / TriStar
11Footloose (2011)$36,250-29%25352$143$51,292,77610Paramount
12Paranormal Activity 3$29,217-21%206-96$142$103,783,4789Paramount
13Margin Call$24,504-49%121-27$203$5,114,6879Roadside Attractions
14Like Crazy$17,852-21%100-62$179$3,292,9588Paramount Vantage
15The Three Musketeers (2011)$14,531-29%123-45$118$20,315,3249Summit
1650/50$11,057-23%111-35$100$34,963,96712Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$144,518-24%1612$9,032$879,5482Focus
2Shame$96,760-21%5130$1,897$1,231,2953Fox Searchlight
3The Artist$93,001-23%171$5,471$1,327,5204Weinstein Company
4The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$29,422-42%250$1,177$460,0484Warner Bros.
5Born to Be Wild 3D$20,033-5%490$409$14,786,94537Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Moneyball$19,208-47%98-110$196$74,317,36313Sony / Columbia
7Drive (2011)$13,018-24%56-14$232$34,746,35314FilmDistrict
8The Ides of March$12,782-39%72-115$178$40,567,82411Sony / Columbia
9Martha Marcy May Marlene$8,0525%39-33$206$2,870,2779Fox Searchlight
10Pastorela$4,090-3%19-25$215$156,7843Lionsgate / Pantelion
11The Rum Diary$3,707-26%30-33$124$13,100,0428FilmDistrict
12Cook County$2,030-27%5--$406$7,5791Hanover House
13Answers to Nothing$26-77%1-6$26$22,0293Roadside Attractions