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, Apr. 14 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$9,317,25846%3,916-221$2,379$331,290,3224Lionsgate
2The Three Stooges$6,982,85024%3,477--$2,008$12,604,2321Fox
3The Cabin in the Woods$5,716,2153%2,811--$2,034$11,257,0731Lionsgate
4Titanic 3D$5,196,14856%2,69723$1,927$41,326,6592Paramount
5American Reunion$4,404,12529%3,20311$1,375$37,070,0602Universal
6Wrath of the Titans$3,025,71555%3,102-443$975$69,317,6643Warner Bros.
7Mirror Mirror$2,989,17846%3,206-412$932$47,508,7733Relativity Media
821 Jump Street$2,874,00841%2,735-274$1,051$118,680,8925Sony / Columbia
9Lockout$2,490,57812%2,308--$1,079$4,712,7551Open Road
10Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,320,03552%2,112-891$625$203,648,5857Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$418,90064%435-89$963$5,850,1546CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$320,50469%502-149$638$100,252,06110Warner Bros. / New Line
3Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$265,89622%102--$2,607$484,3191Code Black Entertainment
4Bully (2012)$212,00032%158152$1,342$652,0073Weinstein Company
5Safe House$161,38561%371-111$435$125,200,70010Universal
6John Carter$155,83063%446-569$349$68,651,7386Disney
7Act of Valor$115,33153%352-356$328$69,192,5078Relativity Media
8This Means War$110,60828%283-38$391$53,781,9449Fox
9The Vow$108,63836%335-144$324$124,277,81510Sony / Screen Gems
10Jeff Who Lives at Home$97,32455%183-264$532$3,770,9595Paramount Vantage
11A Thousand Words$96,16473%277-230$347$17,779,2016Paramount
12Blue Like Jazz$95,049-11%136--$699$201,5771Roadside Attractions
13Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$70,56977%216-61$327$51,324,0609Sony / Columbia
14Chronicle$66,11829%1653$401$64,128,93411Fox
15Friends With Kids$60,18263%113-94$533$6,940,2956Roadside Attractions
16The Artist$46,79571%121-101$387$44,022,69321Weinstein Company
17Project X (2012)$45,73633%145-299$315$54,310,1377Warner Bros.
18Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$44,49690%153-42$291$132,801,48518Fox
19The Iron Lady$44,36248%146-90$304$29,814,26116Weinstein Company
20Casa de mi Padre$36,37746%121-162$301$5,672,2635Lionsgate / Pantelion
21Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$35,00667%125-79$280$34,780,8178Lionsgate
22The Woman in Black$30,30021%122-37$248$54,196,66111CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$38,083-13%400$952$18,125,59154Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Touchback$29,19934%50--$584$50,9331Anchor Bay Films
3Silent House (2012)$29,1023%59-155$493$12,653,9586Open Road
4We Bought a Zoo$21,18441%83-16$255$75,487,05417Fox
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$12,28475%33-12$372$43,361,84110Fox
6Red Tails$10,92927%43-12$254$49,791,75213Fox
7The Grey$10,83153%13-54$833$51,566,22812Open Road
8Coriolanus$9,77173%181$543$660,48913Weinstein Company
9The Descendants$9,50945%41-37$232$82,566,00222Fox Searchlight
10Undefeated$8,41755%172$495$484,1279Weinstein Company
11W.E.$6,51780%17-4$383$541,47111Weinstein Company
12Albert Nobbs$2,204118%12-18$184$2,975,43112Roadside Attractions