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, Mar. 21 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
121 Jump Street$3,010,041-25%3,121--$964$46,957,0721Sony / Columbia
2Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,357,125-16%3,76923$360$162,816,6353Universal
3John Carter$932,199-24%3,7490$249$56,471,3932Disney
4Project X (2012)$372,236-26%2,922-133$127$49,464,0473Warner Bros.
5Act of Valor$342,925-13%2,765-186$124$63,547,7124Relativity Media
6A Thousand Words$236,343-23%1,8955$125$12,769,8472Paramount
7Safe House$230,355-17%1,920-224$120$120,958,4906Universal
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$184,133-19%1,935-590$95$95,588,4966Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Vow$182,137-21%2,175-303$84$121,748,7016Sony / Screen Gems
10This Means War$180,093-15%1,660-289$108$51,107,1415Fox
11Silent House (2012)$169,332-22%2,1240$80$11,166,9882Open Road
12The Artist$107,166-18%1,155-350$93$42,453,22917Weinstein Company
13Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$83,815-17%1,016-500$82$33,013,5934Lionsgate
14Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$68,640-15%1,024-780$67$49,961,0925Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Casa de mi Padre$127,472-16%382--$334$2,728,4301Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Friends With Kids$127,251-17%640271$199$4,579,7322Roadside Attractions
3Jeff Who Lives at Home$80,623-18%254--$317$1,117,8301Paramount Vantage
4The Iron Lady$55,834-17%4569$122$28,789,84912Weinstein Company
5Wanderlust$52,505-28%698-522$75$16,922,2704Universal
6Hugo$44,882-23%38370$117$73,143,11417Paramount
7Chronicle$41,747-7%432-163$97$63,288,0507Fox
8The Descendants$32,665-19%347-170$94$82,099,70718Fox Searchlight
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$30,228-12%286-1$106$131,741,52114Fox
10Seeking Justice$27,558-12%231--$119$335,2871Anchor Bay Films
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$23,126-18%2290$101$208,857,09214Paramount
12Gone$20,148-28%476-668$42$11,430,0624Summit
13The Woman in Black$18,577-14%305-128$61$53,533,5167CBS Films
14We Bought a Zoo$17,601-8%188-40$94$74,962,07513Fox
15The Grey$16,930-14%21968$77$51,223,0268Open Road
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$13,910-2%156-102$89$43,156,0176Fox
17Big Miracle$11,785-9%236-2$50$19,828,9907Universal
18Red Tails$10,883-15%152-26$72$49,513,4629Fox
19The Adventures of Tintin$8,27815%123-30$67$77,585,00013Paramount
20Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$7,986-11%125-83$64$186,702,88914Warner Bros.
21One For the Money$7,485-13%11248$67$26,218,8968Lionsgate
22Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$4,6412%105-97$44$31,811,74713Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$35,810-26%6244$578$889,0482CBS Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$20,809-26%400$520$17,325,48450Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Being Flynn$15,349-20%8876$174$314,2683Focus
4Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$10,896-14%86-23$127$24,137,35815Focus
5Undefeated$5,201-2%218$248$346,7435Weinstein Company
6Albert Nobbs$4,581-1%483$95$2,859,5628Roadside Attractions
7W.E.$3,9736%20-4$199$439,9277Weinstein Company
8The Devil Inside$3,941-8%7767$51$53,257,46511Paramount
9Coriolanus$3,836-18%212$183$543,3839Weinstein Company
10Joyful Noise$2,826-17%65-38$43$30,928,80710Warner Bros.
11My Week with Marilyn$2,679-30%50-70$54$14,564,63617Weinstein Company
12Haywire$1,785-14%69-13$26$18,940,1709Relativity Media