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 Wed, Feb. 1 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grey$1,251,368-23%3,185--$393$23,992,6521Open Road
2Underworld Awakening$886,902-17%3,0780$288$47,878,2532Sony / Screen Gems
3One For the Money$676,755-21%2,737--$247$13,739,1811Lionsgate
4Red Tails$613,447-13%2,57361$238$35,707,0192Fox
5The Descendants$554,294-11%2,0011441$277$60,366,23911Fox Searchlight
6Man on a Ledge$514,539-25%2,998--$172$9,733,5221Lionsgate
7Contraband$489,995-14%2,650-220$185$58,123,8553Universal
8Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$442,428-24%2,6300$168$22,403,4266Warner Bros.
9Haywire$314,835-23%2,4412$129$16,322,7972Relativity Media
10The Iron Lady$302,379-16%1,244168$243$18,450,4605Weinstein Company
11Beauty and the Beast 3D$288,883-11%2,145-480$135$42,033,1063Disney
12Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$217,291-15%1,654-865$131$203,264,8747Paramount
13Joyful Noise$186,182-23%2,021-714$92$27,295,8393Warner Bros.
14War Horse$170,145-15%1,861-664$91$76,150,8516Disney / DreamWorks
15The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$170,050-8%1,202-705$141$98,704,0826Sony / Columbia
16Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$150,470-15%1,530-955$98$182,697,9437Warner Bros.
17We Bought a Zoo$64,559-17%1,089-976$59$71,915,2586Fox
18Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$61,049-10%1,070-1000$57$127,240,4917Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$316,398-9%897235$353$17,695,72710Weinstein Company
2Hugo$165,872-14%965315$172$59,467,74610Paramount
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$83,904-14%410-321$205$20,424,8428Focus
4The Adventures of Tintin$79,235-24%702-638$113$74,537,2966Paramount
5Albert Nobbs$72,835-8%245--$297$966,0361Roadside Attractions
6The Devil Inside$51,188-11%722-1485$71$52,848,0914Paramount
7My Week with Marilyn$38,741-13%186-39$208$12,710,54910Weinstein Company
8Happy Feet Two$18,857-12%309-22$61$63,149,59811Warner Bros.
9Puss in Boots (2011)$17,035-9%270-22$63$148,191,88314Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$14,808-5%191-179$78$280,580,14211Lionsgate / Summit
11J. Edgar$12,903-24%208162$62$37,204,39712Warner Bros.
12The Sitter$10,886-6%145-46$75$30,234,9618Fox
13Tower Heist$8,695-17%174-46$50$78,037,00013Universal
14Immortals$6,6390%117-52$57$83,416,69812Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$19,158-16%80-15$239$3,340,4509Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$13,155-10%450$292$15,884,61243Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Coriolanus$6,590-2%123$549$161,0412Weinstein Company
4Young Adult$5,329-9%87-63$61$16,209,3958Paramount
5Pariah (2011)$3,772-6%14-7$269$581,9795Focus
6The Darkest Hour$3,066-18%87-214$35$21,180,8156Summit
7New Year's Eve$2,948-42%62-203$48$54,271,0448Warner Bros. / New Line
8In Time$2,704-3%58-39$47$37,517,08714Fox
9Drive (2011)$1,6073%23-10$70$35,041,63920FilmDistrict
10In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,294-19%11-3$118$229,8576FilmDistrict