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, May. 23 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$3,968,406-19%4,249-100$934$472,239,6213Disney
2Battleship$1,660,555-27%3,690--$450$31,826,3951Universal
3The Dictator$1,520,191-29%3,0085$505$30,305,4631Paramount
4Dark Shadows$1,051,401-19%3,7550$280$54,331,5542Warner Bros.
5What to Expect When You're Expecting$986,234-24%3,021--$326$13,969,6141Lionsgate
6The Hunger Games$328,957-5%2,064-467$159$392,609,4909Lionsgate
7Think Like a Man$239,512-13%1,722-295$139$86,614,5295Sony / Screen Gems
8The Lucky One (2012)$173,464-18%2,005-834$87$57,506,7055Warner Bros.
9The Pirates! Band of Misfits$149,1021%1,840-1008$81$26,035,9094Sony / Columbia
10The Five-Year Engagement$123,375-19%1,175-1394$105$27,520,1604Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$460,516-12%354176$1,301$9,732,4913Fox Searchlight
2Chimpanzee$86,251-10%895-505$96$27,273,9225Disneynature
3The Cabin in the Woods$48,028-7%448-581$107$40,706,4836Lionsgate
4Bully (2012)$41,31961%204-59$203$3,217,3478Weinstein Company
5Wrath of the Titans$40,727-15%36095$113$82,654,4358Warner Bros.
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$37,900-9%379-76$100$210,318,29012Universal
7The Three Stooges$35,969-8%594-433$61$41,941,7716Fox
8Mirror Mirror$35,052-15%407-200$86$61,671,6898Relativity Media
9Safe (2012)$33,605-18%503-1187$67$16,702,9334Lionsgate
10The Raven$32,8421%432-1456$76$15,641,5094Relativity Media
11Girl in Progress$31,677-17%3220$98$2,243,5532Lionsgate / Pantelion
12American Reunion$18,850-19%290-231$65$56,567,4557Universal
13Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$16,610-9%245-15$68$102,913,26615Warner Bros. / New Line
14Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$13,5547%134-66$101$8,764,46211CBS Films
15Lockout$7,637-15%191-64$40$14,317,9706Open Road
16A Thousand Words$5,401-16%110-17$49$18,391,94311Paramount
17The Artist$3,5926%103-648$35$44,559,50326Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$63,15217%490$1,289$2,011,3595Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$17,405-30%340$512$18,982,15859Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Crooked Arrows$14,528-2%55--$264$299,3181Branded/Peck Films
4Titanic 3D$6,287-23%70-87$90$57,758,8027Paramount
5Sound of My Voice$5,72314%37-9$155$266,7104Fox Searchlight
6This Means War$5,478-1%90-42$61$54,686,93314Fox
7Act of Valor$3,81210%96-22$40$69,989,29213Relativity Media
8Friends With Kids$1,86840%25-11$75$7,231,13411Roadside Attractions
9Coriolanus$1,46017%8-3$183$753,18418Weinstein Company
10Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$1,131-25%17-6$67$1,205,5516Code Black Entertainment
11Lovely Molly$1,08012%5--$216$15,5601Image Entertainment
12The Road (2012)$8636%10-40$86$91,3532Freestyle Releasing
13Undefeated$7207%9-4$80$550,47214Weinstein Company
14Blue Like Jazz$43942%7-4$63$593,5766Roadside Attractions
15Red Tails$288-14%3-6$96$49,869,68218Fox
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$45-44%1-11$45$43,456,08015Fox
17Touchback$36-32%3-1$12$204,2326Anchor Bay Films