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 Fri, Jun. 22 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brave$24,635,336--4,164--$5,916$24,635,3361Disney
2Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$6,251,342--3,108--$2,011$6,251,3421Fox
3Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$6,181,37639%3,920-343$1,577$143,555,0983Paramount / DreamWorks
4Prometheus$2,900,30751%2,862-580$1,013$101,446,9873Fox
5Rock of Ages$2,519,10080%3,4700$726$23,282,3442Warner Bros. / New Line
6Snow White and the Huntsman$2,495,74553%2,919-782$855$131,538,4654Universal
7That's My Boy$2,459,51087%3,0300$812$22,739,8932Sony / Columbia
8Marvel's The Avengers$2,212,406110%2,230-352$992$593,460,1878Disney
9Men in Black 3$1,746,25245%2,462-673$709$159,485,2035Sony / Columbia
10Seeking a Friend for the End of the World$1,277,527--1,625--$786$1,277,5271Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,006,546197%395217$2,548$9,225,9445Focus
2The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$454,18213%741-443$613$37,209,5218Fox Searchlight
3The Hunger Games$184,44926%414-179$446$402,524,17114Lionsgate
4Battleship$152,22524%483-459$315$62,823,0256Universal
5Safety Not Guaranteed$135,029246%12982$1,047$736,4523FilmDistrict
6What to Expect When You're Expecting$120,850-35%411-805$294$39,554,5016Lionsgate
7The Dictator$120,371-19%316-803$381$58,444,4596Paramount
8Dark Shadows$82,055-3%302-378$272$75,574,7157Warner Bros.
9Think Like a Man$76,488--23830$321$90,860,44010Sony / Screen Gems
10Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$66,69023%234-43$285$212,762,04017Universal
11For Greater Glory$58,346-21%160-220$365$4,894,4324ARC Entertainment
12Mirror Mirror$51,35719%222-56$231$64,144,10713Relativity Media
1321 Jump Street$45,955--160-60$287$138,161,80915Sony / Columbia
14Chernobyl Diaries$42,80272%240-15$178$17,790,5645Warner Bros.
15The Cabin in the Woods$42,23935%196-28$216$41,205,38911Lionsgate
16The Lucky One (2012)$41,17516%202-148$204$60,073,86510Warner Bros.
17The Three Stooges$34,45829%154-47$224$43,577,34411Fox
18The Raven$20,424638%133104$154$15,869,0149Relativity Media
19The Pirates! Band of Misfits$19,681--115-34$171$29,217,9339Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$88,91584%74-3$1,202$1,835,7235Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$71,1602%521$1,368$3,932,48110Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$19,41529%85-23$228$103,771,39020Warner Bros. / New Line
4Born to Be Wild 3D$17,5545%330$532$19,561,01664Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Lola Versus$13,41215%50-2$268$170,2043Fox Searchlight
6Wrath of the Titans$12,57016%70-35$180$83,607,45013Warner Bros.
7Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$10,821-34%16-141$676$239,9892Indomina Media
8Crooked Arrows$3,039-79%25-72$122$1,781,7326Branded/Peck Films
9Rowdy Rathore$2,4847%9-23$276$760,9944UTV Communications