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, Jul. 11 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man$6,503,281-25%4,3180$1,506$159,713,6291Sony / Columbia
2Ted (2012)$4,004,880-16%3,25617$1,230$133,085,7152Universal
3Brave$2,650,102-16%3,891-75$681$182,313,6153Disney
4Magic Mike$2,503,417-11%3,120165$802$80,367,7192Warner Bros.
5Savages$1,537,380-21%2,628--$585$21,312,3301Universal
6Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$1,084,017-20%2,730--$397$13,850,0521Paramount
7Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$1,067,702-17%2,861-854$373$199,196,8455Paramount / DreamWorks
8Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$964,045-20%2,1610$446$49,036,9872Lionsgate
9People Like Us$293,188-20%2,0550$143$10,102,9572Disney / DreamWorks
10Marvel's The Avengers$272,336-13%1,125-227$242$611,973,43310Disney
11Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$261,902-14%1,657-1100$158$34,879,9793Fox
12Prometheus$224,014-13%1,105-279$203$123,094,7835Fox
13Snow White and the Huntsman$206,845-12%1,152-489$180$150,406,9306Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$492,177-7%88430$557$28,280,4277Focus
2Men in Black 3$193,344-18%879-238$220$173,710,1457Sony / Columbia
3The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$99,004-8%359-60$276$42,284,13510Fox Searchlight
4Rock of Ages$78,255-4%701-549$112$37,205,8794Warner Bros. / New Line
5That's My Boy$72,837-23%400-630$182$36,339,2624Sony / Columbia
6The Hunger Games$51,441-2%228-50$226$404,532,84716Lionsgate
7Dark Shadows$44,755-4%303-62$148$76,993,0329Warner Bros.
8Battleship$39,840-6%249-59$160$64,454,4708Universal
9What to Expect When You're Expecting$31,996-11%23633$136$40,518,9258Lionsgate
10Safety Not Guaranteed$29,5986%109-3$272$2,251,8305FilmDistrict
11Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$27,995-9%175-27$160$213,574,28519Universal
12The Dictator$20,946-14%18656$113$59,378,4038Paramount
13Mirror Mirror$12,939-10%119-47$109$64,692,77815Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$65,3403%520$1,257$5,244,76412Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$40,8795%1912$2,152$863,9432Fox Searchlight
3The Intouchables$32,410-4%60-8$540$3,190,1577Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$15,755-8%330$477$19,884,73466Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Three Stooges$8,429-17%76-41$111$43,938,05013Fox
6The Cabin in the Woods$7,357-2%83-66$89$42,065,48113Lionsgate
7The Lucky One (2012)$6,7387%72-43$94$60,414,36612Warner Bros.
8For Greater Glory$6,2903%39-8$161$5,433,0636ARC Entertainment
9Chernobyl Diaries$3,034-5%38-107$80$18,094,7617Warner Bros.
10Easy Money (2012)$1,503--1--$1,503$1,5030Weinstein Company
11Crooked Arrows$1,073-3%11-2$98$1,824,5328Branded/Peck Films
12The Raven$6031%29-49$21$16,007,67111Relativity Media