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 Fri, Dec. 23 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$9,675,90851%3,4483023$2,806$42,112,3692Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$6,755,37142%3,7030$1,824$65,508,9932Warner Bros.
3Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$5,421,54837%3,73411$1,452$42,361,7352Fox
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$4,630,18540%2,914--$1,589$13,006,6581Sony / Columbia
5The Adventures of Tintin$3,519,17545%3,087--$1,140$11,527,1981Paramount
6We Bought a Zoo$2,984,875--3,117--$958$3,443,3611Fox
7New Year's Eve$1,322,09313%2,585-920$511$30,659,2883Warner Bros. / New Line
8Arthur Christmas$1,035,66221%1,804-1125$574$42,503,6645Sony / Columbia
9The Muppets$928,67631%1,752-1056$530$74,485,2015Disney
10Hugo$715,05717%1,236-1296$579$42,342,3265Paramount
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$671,87610%1,603-1355$419$269,473,7776Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$593,5802%1,786-966$332$21,081,7823Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$619,72549%813-65$762$30,911,2776Fox Searchlight
2Young Adult$513,38337%9871$520$5,922,8313Paramount
3The Artist$232,663437%167150$1,393$1,731,0935Weinstein Company
4Puss in Boots (2011)$180,78918%389-368$465$143,431,9869Paramount / DreamWorks
5My Week with Marilyn$168,999113%602358$281$6,588,1955Weinstein Company
6Jack and Jill$94,765-12%385-1525$246$71,165,3847Sony / Columbia
7Happy Feet Two$91,998-30%535-1245$172$59,724,8206Warner Bros.
8Tower Heist$58,01516%283-1032$205$76,170,9308Universal
9Moneyball$48,46372%242144$200$74,440,17014Sony / Columbia
10Immortals$46,643-3%228-988$205$82,290,2657Relativity Media
11J. Edgar$42,9774%455-248$94$35,955,2477Warner Bros.
12Dolphin Tale$39,177-13%188-93$208$71,550,33314Warner Bros.
13A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$38,99436%24543$159$34,573,1808Warner Bros. / New Line
14Courageous$34,13131%19291$178$33,627,89913Sony / TriStar
15Footloose (2011)$20,913-25%182-71$115$51,415,53511Paramount
16In Time$20,31712%131-142$155$36,843,3259Fox
17The Ides of March$17,84265%14573$123$40,620,97512Sony / Columbia
18Paranormal Activity 3$12,376-24%124-82$100$103,860,37510Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$209,334264%5539$3,806$1,310,9163Focus
2Shame$45,31113%50-1$906$1,452,7284Fox Searchlight
3The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$43,63341%20-5$2,182$608,9755Warner Bros.
4Born to Be Wild 3D$18,25725%490$373$14,862,39538Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Margin Call$7,212-36%30-91$240$5,172,65110Roadside Attractions
6In the Land of Blood and Honey$6,660--3--$2,220$6,6601FilmDistrict
7Drive (2011)$5,263-7%26-30$202$34,780,58815FilmDistrict
8The Three Musketeers (2011)$3,370-54%37-86$91$20,353,28310Summit
9Like Crazy$3,001-68%30-70$100$3,337,1379Paramount Vantage
10Martha Marcy May Marlene$2,584-18%18-21$144$2,885,87910Fox Searchlight
1150/50$1,471-83%31-80$47$35,001,58913Summit