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 Sat, Dec. 31 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 31 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$8,731,970-18%3,4557$2,527$122,347,3253Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$6,401,030-16%3,7030$1,729$124,051,6293Warner Bros.
3War Horse$5,625,33420%2,547--$2,209$36,352,1972Disney / DreamWorks
4Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$4,750,314-33%3,724-10$1,276$88,151,1963Fox
5We Bought a Zoo$4,501,719-7%3,16346$1,423$36,839,4532Fox
6The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$4,244,295-20%2,9140$1,457$50,338,6902Sony / Columbia
7The Adventures of Tintin$3,407,793-23%3,0870$1,104$43,852,0272Paramount
8New Year's Eve$2,285,8861%2,225-360$1,027$44,205,2544Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$1,041,303-37%2,327--$447$11,672,4842Summit
10The Muppets$823,487-25%1,541-211$534$81,795,2836Disney
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$505,478-42%1,411-192$358$274,841,9547Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$313,423-52%1,348-438$233$25,610,9354Fox
13Arthur Christmas$204,158-34%1,343-461$152$45,650,3706Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 31 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,251,59814%758-55$1,651$38,375,0317Fox Searchlight
2Hugo$785,343-7%951-285$826$48,623,3656Paramount
3Young Adult$577,812-24%9870$585$11,306,8154Paramount
4The Artist$457,86513%1670$2,742$4,596,5796Weinstein Company
5My Week with Marilyn$294,584-5%63028$468$8,616,6456Weinstein Company
6Puss in Boots (2011)$209,759-32%3890$539$145,250,95010Paramount / DreamWorks
7Happy Feet Two$119,673-26%525-10$228$60,692,3947Warner Bros.
8J. Edgar$86,81810%4550$191$36,493,0518Warner Bros.
9Tower Heist$73,370-24%253-30$290$76,650,4209Universal
10Moneyball$61,537-22%2508$246$74,896,69515Sony / Columbia
11Jack and Jill$52,424-30%222-163$236$71,635,8888Sony / Columbia
12Dolphin Tale$46,291-29%1880$246$71,922,71615Warner Bros.
13Courageous$36,995-33%181-11$204$33,975,48614Sony / TriStar
14Immortals$25,767-44%2280$113$82,603,0088Relativity Media
15The Ides of March$23,306-25%143-2$163$40,796,11113Sony / Columbia
16Footloose (2011)$22,083-40%1820$121$51,551,63912Paramount
17In Time$20,600-41%123-8$167$37,012,13110Fox
18A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$18,487-51%2450$75$34,853,0569Warner Bros. / New Line
19Paranormal Activity 3$10,216-52%1240$82$103,971,38311Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 31 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$346,479-1%572$6,079$3,566,6344Focus
2The Iron Lady$65,517-15%4--$16,379$142,7521Weinstein Company
3Shame$45,216-37%555$822$1,882,4985Fox Searchlight
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$28,968-21%6--$4,828$267,9232Warner Bros.
5Born to Be Wild 3D$27,468-43%490$561$15,134,21239Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Pariah (2011)$11,559-37%4--$2,890$66,2221Focus
7Margin Call$8,77933%29-1$303$5,238,11911Roadside Attractions
8The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$7,886-48%16-4$493$704,8826Warner Bros.
9Drive (2011)$3,683-57%25-1$147$34,820,73116FilmDistrict
10Like Crazy$2,573-39%300$86$3,365,26710Paramount Vantage
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$2,035-34%2-1$1,018$44,7702FilmDistrict
12Inni$195-20%2--$98$117,40510Cinema Purgatorio