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 Mon, Jun. 11 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$6,328,868-63%4,258--$1,486$66,645,6061Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prometheus$5,204,896-62%3,396--$1,533$56,254,9971Fox
3Snow White and the Huntsman$2,681,670-60%3,7774$710$101,219,1452Universal
4Men in Black 3$1,640,204-58%3,792-456$433$137,541,2983Sony / Columbia
5Marvel's The Avengers$1,385,505-59%3,129-541$443$573,685,9686Disney
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$397,925-58%1,2984$307$31,438,6606Fox Searchlight
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$382,375-49%2,087-820$183$36,205,9734Lionsgate
8The Dictator$311,012-54%1,651-998$188$55,592,1154Paramount
9Battleship$273,560-59%1,954-1190$140$60,093,7754Universal
10Dark Shadows$181,043-54%1,550-1452$117$73,966,8835Warner Bros.
11Chernobyl Diaries$137,379-43%1,180-1253$116$17,080,0643Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$157,003-51%751-348$209$400,429,53812Lionsgate
2For Greater Glory$116,534-68%642-115$182$3,639,2122ARC Entertainment
3The Lucky One (2012)$48,697-51%402-2$121$59,526,5098Warner Bros.
4Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$44,950-47%290-25$155$212,073,46015Universal
5Mirror Mirror$44,613-42%303-54$147$63,521,64011Relativity Media
6Think Like a Man$43,265-54%287-222$151$90,356,6878Sony / Screen Gems
7Crooked Arrows$27,483-59%278-49$99$1,585,3814Branded/Peck Films
8The Three Stooges$27,154-60%245-40$111$43,150,1269Fox
9The Pirates! Band of Misfits$15,905-62%317-268$50$28,987,6107Sony / Columbia
10Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$15,275-48%126-29$121$103,562,75818Warner Bros. / New Line
11The Five-Year Engagement$14,875-53%175-43$85$28,505,1007Universal
12Wrath of the Titans$14,017-58%150-55$93$83,425,37811Warner Bros.
13The Cabin in the Woods$10,382-45%113-23$92$41,300,6879Lionsgate
14Safe (2012)$8,645-54%111-64$78$17,060,1137Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$195,110-57%9680$2,032$3,926,1113Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$48,9197%511$959$3,229,0848Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$40,189-66%7727$522$1,054,7993Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$20,68960%330$627$19,374,84062Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Safety Not Guaranteed$10,307-64%9--$1,145$108,0691FilmDistrict
6Girl in Progress$4,396-59%577$77$2,560,4805Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Piranha 3DD$4,180-52%78-8$54$319,5542Weinstein Company
8Lola Versus$3,329-61%4--$832$35,1441Fox Searchlight
9The Artist$2,450-40%36-51$68$44,652,98729Weinstein Company
10Bully (2012)$2,229-20%31-57$72$3,465,71811Weinstein Company
11The Raven$2,213-31%34-27$65$15,819,5207Relativity Media
12Sound of My Voice$1,351-48%24-24$56$387,8467Fox Searchlight
13Cartas a Elena$800-73%12--$67$8,5111Freestyle Releasing
14High School$642-42%4-196$161$136,7232Anchor Bay Films
15Friends With Kids$236-71%5-3$47$7,250,32314Roadside Attractions