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 Thu, May. 24 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$4,445,16712%4,249-100$1,046$476,684,7883Disney
2Battleship$1,678,9501%3,690--$455$33,505,3451Universal
3The Dictator$1,542,6411%3,0085$513$31,848,1041Paramount
4Dark Shadows$1,151,34210%3,7550$307$55,482,8962Warner Bros.
5What to Expect When You're Expecting$1,051,6347%3,021--$348$15,021,2481Lionsgate
6The Hunger Games$399,29521%2,064-467$193$393,008,7859Lionsgate
7Think Like a Man$257,4127%1,722-295$149$86,871,9415Sony / Screen Gems
8The Lucky One (2012)$206,12819%2,005-834$103$57,712,8335Warner Bros.
9The Pirates! Band of Misfits$168,39513%1,840-1008$92$26,204,3044Sony / Columbia
10The Five-Year Engagement$135,12510%1,175-1394$115$27,655,2854Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$471,0052%354176$1,331$10,203,4963Fox Searchlight
2Chimpanzee$99,72416%895-505$111$27,373,6465Disneynature
3The Cabin in the Woods$52,2389%448-581$117$40,758,7216Lionsgate
4Mirror Mirror$46,56833%407-200$114$61,718,2578Relativity Media
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$45,48020%379-76$120$210,363,77012Universal
6Wrath of the Titans$40,9411%36095$114$82,695,3768Warner Bros.
7The Three Stooges$39,58310%594-433$67$41,981,3546Fox
8Bully (2012)$37,126-10%204-59$182$3,254,4738Weinstein Company
9Girl in Progress$34,72010%3220$108$2,278,2732Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Safe (2012)$34,0201%503-1187$68$16,736,9534Lionsgate
11The Raven$33,9813%432-1456$79$15,675,4904Relativity Media
12American Reunion$24,65031%290-231$85$56,592,1057Universal
13Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$20,22722%245-15$83$102,933,49315Warner Bros. / New Line
14Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$16,37321%134-66$122$8,780,83511CBS Films
15Lockout$8,89416%191-64$47$14,326,8656Open Road
16A Thousand Words$6,17514%110-17$56$18,398,11811Paramount
17The Artist$4,24718%103-648$41$44,563,75026Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$73,41216%490$1,498$2,084,7715Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$21,69825%340$638$19,003,85659Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Crooked Arrows$19,11732%55--$348$318,4351Branded/Peck Films
4Titanic 3D$8,78940%70-87$126$57,767,5917Paramount
5Sound of My Voice$6,2309%37-9$168$272,9404Fox Searchlight
6This Means War$5,8377%90-42$65$54,692,77014Fox
7Act of Valor$4,98531%96-22$52$69,994,27713Relativity Media
8Friends With Kids$1,625-13%25-11$65$7,232,75911Roadside Attractions
9Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$1,1320%17-6$67$1,206,6836Code Black Entertainment
10The Road (2012)$1,12330%10-40$112$92,4762Freestyle Releasing
11Coriolanus$1,118-23%8-3$140$754,30218Weinstein Company
12Lovely Molly$994-8%5--$199$16,5541Image Entertainment
13Undefeated$7423%9-4$82$551,21414Weinstein Company
14Blue Like Jazz$398-9%7-4$57$593,9746Roadside Attractions
15Red Tails$199-31%3-6$66$49,869,88118Fox
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$5216%1-11$52$43,456,13215Fox