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 Sat, Jul. 7 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man$23,657,10416%4,318--$5,479$119,154,7131Sony / Columbia
2Ted (2012)$11,884,40012%3,25617$3,650$110,114,3002Universal
3Brave$7,795,52624%3,891-273$2,003$168,439,8923Disney
4Savages$5,610,585-2%2,628--$2,135$11,326,1401Universal
5Magic Mike$5,562,800-10%3,120190$1,783$68,897,1102Warner Bros.
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$4,113,19718%2,1610$1,903$43,237,0052Lionsgate
7Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$3,061,02030%2,861-854$1,070$193,808,2165Paramount / DreamWorks
8Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$2,480,700-8%2,730--$909$8,275,3101Paramount
9People Like Us$921,60230%2,0550$448$8,625,5172Disney / DreamWorks
10Marvel's The Avengers$918,22335%1,125-632$816$610,558,80110Disney
11Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$752,83422%1,657-1452$454$33,474,3043Fox
12Prometheus$738,64734%1,105-846$668$121,862,7115Fox
13Snow White and the Huntsman$731,55530%1,152-1185$635$149,284,2456Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,925,91942%88430$2,179$25,546,0047Focus
2Men in Black 3$701,75419%879-1023$798$172,697,9877Sony / Columbia
3The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$327,31456%359-175$912$41,788,51010Fox Searchlight
4Rock of Ages$265,37329%701-1704$379$36,806,3104Warner Bros. / New Line
5That's My Boy$255,98919%400-1963$640$35,951,0094Sony / Columbia
6The Hunger Games$129,06031%228-50$566$404,293,88316Lionsgate
7Dark Shadows$119,36622%303-62$394$76,773,1899Warner Bros.
8Battleship$113,29525%249-59$455$64,254,0258Universal
9Safety Not Guaranteed$111,67062%109-55$1,024$2,097,6755FilmDistrict
10The Pirates! Band of Misfits$94,32112%257-27$367$30,037,70611Sony / Columbia
11What to Expect When You're Expecting$82,51322%23633$350$40,362,7038Lionsgate
12The Dictator$53,24019%18656$286$59,264,7198Paramount
13Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$51,62520%175-27$295$213,456,21519Universal
14Think Like a Man$38,08826%118-67$323$91,522,16112Sony / Screen Gems
15Mirror Mirror$26,32320%119-47$221$64,639,82915Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bol Bachchan$225,08050%98--$2,297$375,4511Fox International Pictures
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$151,81440%1915$7,990$630,3762Fox Searchlight
3The Intouchables$121,55979%60-8$2,026$3,012,6707Weinstein Company
4To the Arctic 3D$96,22514%520$1,850$5,001,40712Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Born to Be Wild 3D$24,15610%330$732$19,824,67866Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Three Stooges$21,28331%76-41$280$43,899,64013Fox
7The Lucky One (2012)$18,18211%72-43$253$60,385,39712Warner Bros.
8The Cabin in the Woods$16,59622%83-66$200$42,030,51713Lionsgate
9For Greater Glory$16,45234%39-34$422$5,395,8826ARC Entertainment
10Chernobyl Diaries$6,65915%38-107$175$18,079,4447Warner Bros.
11Crooked Arrows$1,799-7%11-2$164$1,816,4018Branded/Peck Films
12The Raven$1,23133%29-49$42$16,004,87611Relativity Media