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 Tue, Apr. 10 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$3,293,283-21%4,1370$796$309,887,2223Lionsgate
2American Reunion$2,250,360-1%3,192--$705$26,046,7251Universal
3Titanic 3D$1,856,316-16%2,674--$694$29,703,9631Paramount
4Wrath of the Titans$1,547,353-9%3,5450$436$61,863,0932Warner Bros.
5Mirror Mirror$1,518,975-17%3,61815$420$39,924,4592Relativity Media
621 Jump Street$1,170,341-6%3,009-139$389$111,825,9714Sony / Columbia
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$780,780-22%3,003-261$260$199,991,1606Universal
8John Carter$102,917-15%1,015-1382$101$68,207,8305Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$138,60619%52441$265$4,911,8245CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$77,183-33%651-257$119$99,581,1709Warner Bros. / New Line
3Act of Valor$58,6110%708-531$83$68,881,6507Relativity Media
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$57,74623%447-66$129$3,504,9244Paramount Vantage
5Safe House$50,610-5%482-247$105$124,849,7809Universal
6A Thousand Words$50,468-16%507-500$100$17,533,1215Paramount
7Project X (2012)$46,4380%444-459$105$54,154,2646Warner Bros.
8The Vow$42,5711%479-35$89$124,007,0399Sony / Screen Gems
9Friends With Kids$32,31021%207-99$156$6,787,2355Roadside Attractions
10Casa de mi Padre$28,193-10%283-156$100$5,556,0394Lionsgate / Pantelion
11This Means War$27,389-4%321-254$85$53,533,1798Fox
12The Artist$25,9836%222-93$117$43,899,43020Weinstein Company
13The Iron Lady$23,61213%236-48$100$29,694,39815Weinstein Company
14Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$21,666-16%195-27$111$132,691,56817Fox
15Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$14,323-22%204-117$70$34,697,4077Lionsgate
16Chronicle$13,969-16%162-36$86$63,982,19010Fox
17Hugo$11,8325%101-73$117$73,843,17620Paramount
18Silent House (2012)$9,864-20%214-111$46$12,577,4675Open Road
19The Woman in Black$8,094-10%159-20$51$54,124,44510CBS Films
20Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$7,530-10%102-48$74$209,380,78117Paramount
21Gone$7,173-7%12160$59$11,668,0497Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$34,5664%400$864$17,959,85453Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bully (2012)$11,219-4%61$1,870$257,1222Weinstein Company
3We Bought a Zoo$10,853-7%99-37$110$75,429,54716Fox
4The Descendants$7,52718%78-40$97$82,537,72621Fox Searchlight
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$5,365-10%4515$119$43,331,7539Fox
6Being Flynn$3,87024%33-7$117$533,3176Focus
7The Grey$3,476-6%67-137$52$51,540,77511Open Road
8W.E.$3,32221%210$158$525,23910Weinstein Company
9Red Tails$3,0901%55-46$56$49,765,77212Fox
10Coriolanus$2,916-7%171$172$640,30712Weinstein Company
11One For the Money$2,6539%49-53$54$26,409,83111Lionsgate
12Undefeated$2,3962%15-1$160$464,9308Weinstein Company
13Albert Nobbs$2,2455%301$75$2,966,85211Roadside Attractions