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, Jun. 13 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$5,753,661-19%4,258--$1,351$79,539,2871Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prometheus$4,075,776-19%3,396--$1,200$65,333,2281Fox
3Snow White and the Huntsman$2,400,090-19%3,7774$635$106,585,5952Universal
4Men in Black 3$1,648,982-15%3,792-456$435$141,127,9493Sony / Columbia
5Marvel's The Avengers$1,349,418-13%3,129-541$431$576,583,1826Disney
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$489,281-12%1,2984$377$32,485,7556Fox Searchlight
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$394,862-16%2,087-820$189$37,068,5124Lionsgate
8The Dictator$318,114-18%1,651-998$193$56,296,2964Paramount
9Battleship$272,595-4%1,954-1190$140$60,650,6204Universal
10Dark Shadows$181,241-12%1,550-1452$117$74,354,2695Warner Bros.
11Chernobyl Diaries$127,293-8%1,180-1253$108$17,345,7873Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$156,889-9%751-348$209$400,758,01012Lionsgate
2For Greater Glory$119,190-1%642-115$186$3,878,4072ARC Entertainment
3Mirror Mirror$49,963-8%303-54$165$63,626,12011Relativity Media
4The Lucky One (2012)$49,844-6%402-2$124$59,629,3808Warner Bros.
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$49,160-11%290-25$170$212,177,58015Universal
6Think Like a Man$39,398-9%287-222$137$90,439,6788Sony / Screen Gems
7The Three Stooges$29,071-5%245-40$119$43,209,6579Fox
8Crooked Arrows$28,991-9%278-49$104$1,646,2044Branded/Peck Films
9The Pirates! Band of Misfits$19,979-2%317-268$63$29,028,0517Sony / Columbia
10Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$16,579-23%126-29$132$103,600,77418Warner Bros. / New Line
11Wrath of the Titans$15,495-4%150-55$103$83,457,01311Warner Bros.
12The Five-Year Engagement$14,790-20%175-43$85$28,538,5307Universal
13The Cabin in the Woods$11,044-1%113-23$98$41,322,8459Lionsgate
14Safe (2012)$7,973-7%111-64$72$17,076,6157Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$230,266-1%9680$2,399$4,388,6193Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$56,976-13%511$1,117$3,351,2838Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$49,1062%7727$638$1,152,1653Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$17,0067%330$515$19,407,71562Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Safety Not Guaranteed$12,7948%9--$1,422$132,7481FilmDistrict
6Bully (2012)$4,907-18%31-57$158$3,476,58511Weinstein Company
7Piranha 3DD$4,712-57%78-8$60$335,3432Weinstein Company
8Girl in Progress$4,6284%577$81$2,569,5795Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Lola Versus$3,97711%4--$994$42,7011Fox Searchlight
10The Raven$2,837-15%34-27$83$15,825,7107Relativity Media
11The Artist$2,005-23%36-51$56$44,657,59329Weinstein Company
12Sound of My Voice$1,299-7%24-24$54$390,5427Fox Searchlight
13High School$641-33%4-196$160$138,3262Anchor Bay Films
14Friends With Kids$37950%5-3$76$7,250,95514Roadside Attractions