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 Thu, Jan. 26 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Underworld Awakening$1,537,9780%3,078--$500$32,625,6131Sony / Screen Gems
2Red Tails$991,9052%2,512--$395$23,379,7951Fox
3Contraband$889,7752%2,8707$310$49,869,5002Universal
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$767,3770%2,6302624$292$13,961,2545Warner Bros.
5Haywire$617,096-2%2,439--$253$11,279,2021Relativity Media
6Beauty and the Beast 3D$522,8088%2,6250$199$35,802,3312Disney
7Joyful Noise$431,21912%2,7350$158$23,487,5102Warner Bros.
8The Iron Lady$424,003-1%1,076274$394$14,314,4824Weinstein Company
9Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$421,2607%2,519-827$167$199,091,3256Paramount
10The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$363,8224%1,907-767$191$95,995,1135Sony / Columbia
11Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$358,4708%2,485-670$144$179,738,9166Warner Bros.
12War Horse$347,0037%2,525-331$137$73,615,3915Disney / DreamWorks
13The Devil Inside$182,3923%2,207-344$83$52,047,7523Paramount
14We Bought a Zoo$160,4277%2,065-844$78$70,237,5315Fox
15The Adventures of Tintin$138,17612%1,340-733$103$72,924,7415Paramount
16Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$126,6604%2,070-779$61$125,259,3226Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$360,8632%662446$545$13,429,0989Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$286,2586%560-100$511$52,298,01410Fox Searchlight
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$189,0494%731-155$259$19,065,1417Focus
4Hugo$156,8550%650105$241$56,415,5829Paramount
5Agneepath$72,632--132--$550$72,6320Eros International
6My Week with Marilyn$54,2936%225-175$241$12,257,3529Weinstein Company
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$28,8706%370-338$78$280,371,42410Lionsgate / Summit
8Happy Feet Two$24,0897%331-34$73$62,696,83410Warner Bros.
9Puss in Boots (2011)$19,7332%292-24$68$147,805,15513Paramount / DreamWorks
10Young Adult$15,854-6%150-237$106$16,136,2057Paramount
11Tower Heist$15,3507%220-40$70$77,879,52012Universal
12The Sitter$14,4033%191-258$75$30,078,0677Fox
13Immortals$14,12711%169-18$84$83,326,84311Relativity Media
14The Darkest Hour$13,3930%301-881$44$21,128,4815Summit
15New Year's Eve$10,4733%265-827$40$54,227,4107Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$32,7696%9554$345$3,113,2258Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$20,04230%450$445$15,727,43042Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Coriolanus$7,6695%9--$852$92,2511Weinstein Company
4Pariah (2011)$7,65010%21-3$364$526,0094Focus
5In Time$6,15916%97-9$63$37,476,37713Fox
6J. Edgar$3,90517%4638$85$37,052,52511Warner Bros.
7In the Land of Blood and Honey$3,61619%14-4$258$213,5955FilmDistrict
8Drive (2011)$3,254-11%331$99$35,023,78819FilmDistrict
9Dolphin Tale$1,80135%63-28$29$72,286,77918Warner Bros.
10Vettai$1,79726%21-13$86$159,2292UTV Communications
11Margin Call$1,182-14%14-6$84$5,350,89914Roadside Attractions