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. 25 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$13,653,650119%3,4483023$3,960$61,993,0902Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$9,616,493147%3,7030$2,597$79,024,1772Warner Bros.
3War Horse$7,515,402--2,376--$3,163$7,515,4021Disney / DreamWorks
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$5,628,785124%2,914--$1,932$21,145,0771Sony / Columbia
5We Bought a Zoo$4,491,200138%3,117--$1,441$9,818,9201Fox
6Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$4,388,46258%3,683-40$1,192$49,525,3792Fox
7The Adventures of Tintin$3,765,77855%3,087--$1,220$17,729,0161Paramount
8The Darkest Hour$2,993,519--2,324--$1,288$2,993,5191Summit
9New Year's Eve$1,474,664185%2,225-1280$663$32,650,9343Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Sitter$871,526218%1,486-1266$586$22,227,3673Fox
11The Muppets$609,9530%1,536-1272$397$75,702,2875Disney
12The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$512,06081%1,411-1547$363$270,268,2076Lionsgate / Summit
13Arthur Christmas$298,393-60%1,524-1405$196$43,541,3215Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,007,983126%753-125$1,339$32,364,9236Fox Searchlight
2Young Adult$886,550156%9871$898$7,155,8983Paramount
3Hugo$826,94740%951-1581$870$43,759,0975Paramount
4The Artist$414,98076%167150$2,485$2,381,4935Weinstein Company
5My Week with Marilyn$264,280107%602358$439$6,980,2935Weinstein Company
6Puss in Boots (2011)$136,53046%389-368$351$143,661,7749Paramount / DreamWorks
7J. Edgar$64,26884%455-248$141$36,054,4097Warner Bros.
8Happy Feet Two$63,204-2%535-1245$118$59,852,1556Warner Bros.
9Jack and Jill$53,39242%242-1668$221$71,256,3257Sony / Columbia
10A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$52,785161%24543$215$34,646,1588Warner Bros. / New Line
11Tower Heist$48,11055%283-1032$170$76,250,1708Universal
12Immortals$46,46267%228-988$204$82,364,5817Relativity Media
13Moneyball$41,96775%242144$173$74,506,05914Sony / Columbia
14Courageous$41,930190%19291$218$33,684,29213Sony / TriStar
15Dolphin Tale$18,9766%188-93$101$71,587,24914Warner Bros.
16In Time$16,17992%112-161$144$36,867,9499Fox
17The Ides of March$16,10259%14573$111$40,647,23112Sony / Columbia
18Footloose (2011)$14,695105%182-71$81$51,437,38411Paramount
19Paranormal Activity 3$13,704244%124-82$111$103,878,05710Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$313,82262%5539$5,706$1,819,0413Focus
2Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$72,348--6--$12,058$72,3481Warner Bros.
3Shame$49,35071%50-1$987$1,530,9914Fox Searchlight
4Margin Call$7,46620%30-91$249$5,186,35010Roadside Attractions
5In the Land of Blood and Honey$7,43656%3--$2,479$18,8541FilmDistrict
6Drive (2011)$4,05859%26-30$156$34,787,20415FilmDistrict
7Like Crazy$3,313134%30-70$110$3,341,8679Paramount Vantage
8The Three Musketeers (2011)$2,84643%37-86$77$20,358,12010Summit
9Born to Be Wild 3D$2,303-80%490$47$14,876,31638Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Martha Marcy May Marlene$1,688-7%15-24$113$2,889,38310Fox Searchlight
1150/50$1,39167%31-80$45$35,003,81213Summit
12The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$1,243-91%20-5$62$624,3465Warner Bros.