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. 28 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$8,051,705-22%4,137--$1,946$181,759,4381Lionsgate
221 Jump Street$1,783,549-19%3,1210$571$76,126,5452Sony / Columbia
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$956,025-15%3,677-92$260$180,499,8554Universal
4John Carter$423,673-17%3,212-537$132$63,767,6883Disney
5Act of Valor$196,484-8%2,219-546$89$66,528,1775Relativity Media
6Project X (2012)$181,375-24%2,065-857$88$52,355,4324Warner Bros.
7A Thousand Words$151,381-20%1,787-108$85$15,445,0443Paramount
8Safe House$126,350-10%1,330-590$95$122,968,7057Universal
9Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$119,417-16%1,340-595$89$97,523,0357Warner Bros. / New Line
10This Means War$93,230-9%1,188-472$78$52,556,2426Fox
11The Vow$84,702-14%1,258-917$67$123,041,8657Sony / Screen Gems
12Silent House (2012)$53,686-16%1,202-922$45$12,138,4333Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Casa de mi Padre$90,097-11%47593$190$4,324,1812Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Friends With Kids$83,447-21%558-82$150$5,779,7603Roadside Attractions
3Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$66,198-13%12462$534$1,830,6363CBS Films
4The Artist$60,005-5%576-579$104$43,207,76918Weinstein Company
5Jeff Who Lives at Home$57,588-17%2540$227$1,954,1842Paramount Vantage
6Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$40,663-15%621-395$65$34,085,5085Lionsgate
7The Iron Lady$34,325-1%327-129$105$29,196,75213Weinstein Company
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$31,090-6%248-38$125$132,110,32015Fox
9Hugo$29,432-19%283-100$104$73,530,13818Paramount
10Chronicle$22,198-12%292-140$76$63,600,1968Fox
11The Descendants$16,727-16%199-148$84$82,330,36319Fox Searchlight
12We Bought a Zoo$15,948-7%155-33$103$75,153,32514Fox
13Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$15,672-15%200-29$78$209,115,77215Paramount
14Wanderlust$15,275-28%235-463$65$17,165,1155Universal
15The Grey$13,576-7%204-15$67$51,399,9269Open Road
16Big Miracle$12,365-9%224-12$55$20,004,4658Universal
17The Woman in Black$10,372-4%180-125$58$53,780,7118CBS Films
18Red Tails$10,125-22%131-21$77$49,632,11210Fox
19One For the Money$7,726-10%15139$51$26,324,2139Lionsgate
20Gone$6,230-17%183-293$34$11,546,1915Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$26,3155%400$658$17,530,73351Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Being Flynn$9,160-8%73-15$125$429,2324Focus
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$6,872-15%86-39$80$186,785,35915Warner Bros.
4Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$6,4391%74-82$87$43,239,7397Fox
5Albert Nobbs$5,62033%44-4$128$2,909,2849Roadside Attractions
6Seeking Justice$4,184-4%74-157$57$402,9642Anchor Bay Films
7Undefeated$3,2569%17-4$192$388,2426Weinstein Company
8Coriolanus$3,10114%19-2$163$578,36210Weinstein Company
9Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$2,82114%50-55$56$31,844,85214Warner Bros.
10W.E.$2,373-1%18-2$132$469,0468Weinstein Company
11My Week with Marilyn$1,837-28%44-6$42$14,587,76418Weinstein Company