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, Mar. 10 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$17,905,88087%3,74617$4,780$110,355,7402Universal
2John Carter$12,327,41726%3,749--$3,288$22,139,3521Disney
3Project X (2012)$4,429,26411%3,0550$1,450$36,992,6012Warner Bros.
4Act of Valor$3,104,63755%2,951-102$1,052$54,213,7673Relativity Media
5A Thousand Words$2,722,35642%1,890--$1,440$4,635,7531Paramount
6Silent House (2012)$2,665,1010%2,124--$1,255$5,329,1951Open Road
7Safe House$2,239,79567%2,144-409$1,045$114,383,4455Universal
8The Vow$1,709,58835%2,478-348$690$116,589,7195Sony / Screen Gems
9This Means War$1,689,50638%1,949-393$867$46,049,6474Fox
10Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$1,689,23393%2,525-535$669$89,594,0505Warner Bros. / New Line
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$1,381,40469%1,516-616$911$29,739,7893Lionsgate
12The Artist$979,75571%1,505-251$651$39,708,18316Weinstein Company
13Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$907,89373%1,804-683$503$47,532,1674Sony / Columbia
14Wanderlust$750,70050%1,220-782$615$15,114,5703Universal
15Gone$400,39829%1,144-1042$350$10,541,2463Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Friends With Kids$912,26053%369--$2,472$1,507,6091Roadside Attractions
2Chronicle$412,96962%595-459$694$62,031,0546Fox
3The Descendants$331,32683%517-177$641$81,290,52017Fox Searchlight
4Hugo$298,56897%313-93$954$72,095,96516Paramount
5The Iron Lady$269,41477%447-64$603$27,785,79311Weinstein Company
6The Woman in Black$224,86444%433-379$519$52,921,5586CBS Films
7The Secret World of Arrietty$194,504136%501-930$388$17,432,1804Disney
8Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$159,746116%258-473$619$42,737,7825Fox
9Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$142,34063%229122$622$208,313,54613Paramount
10Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$134,76492%287-27$470$131,105,33813Fox
11Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$88,477107%109-17$812$23,880,94714Focus
12We Bought a Zoo$87,35372%228-38$383$74,619,80512Fox
13The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$82,16771%211-45$389$102,320,91012Sony / Columbia
14Big Miracle$72,70565%238-121$305$19,557,8606Universal
15Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$72,36746%208-58$348$186,487,26813Warner Bros.
16The Adventures of Tintin$63,29791%153-62$414$77,340,25412Paramount
17The Grey$54,51764%151-157$361$50,924,0607Open Road
18Red Tails$51,79956%178-71$291$49,313,0178Fox
19Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$51,18447%202-101$253$31,682,08712Warner Bros.
20My Week with Marilyn$38,701114%1200$323$14,462,45016Weinstein Company
21Contraband$33,91563%119-29$285$66,465,6259Universal
22Joyful Noise$25,62553%103-99$249$30,851,4929Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$107,29785%18--$5,961$165,1871CBS Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$48,38819%400$1,210$16,974,99049Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Undefeated$26,97295%130$2,075$237,5944Weinstein Company
4Coriolanus$22,01358%195$1,159$460,8818Weinstein Company
5Being Flynn$20,42870%128$1,702$90,8382Focus
6Haywire$17,67446%8250$216$18,886,5518Relativity Media
7Albert Nobbs$17,43574%45-23$387$2,780,4827Roadside Attractions
8W.E.$15,59478%245$650$373,7446Weinstein Company
9One For the Money$15,16635%64-53$237$26,110,9127Lionsgate
10Shame$10,22559%20-2$511$3,890,49215Fox Searchlight
11Pariah (2011)$8,93533%196$470$751,75111Focus
12Paan Singh Tomar$3,35165%5-5$670$31,7082UTV Communications
13Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$2,336124%10-16$234$168,9783UTV Communications
14Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$938299%4-21$235$1,152,9895UTV Communications
15The Devil Inside$9262%10-7$93$53,205,35510Paramount