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 Thu, Jul. 12 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man$6,158,618-5%4,3180$1,426$165,872,2471Sony / Columbia
2Ted (2012)$3,760,680-6%3,25617$1,155$136,846,3952Universal
3Brave$2,587,182-2%3,891-75$665$184,900,7973Disney
4Magic Mike$2,452,356-2%3,120165$786$82,820,0752Warner Bros.
5Savages$1,419,120-8%2,628--$540$22,731,4501Universal
6Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$1,034,877-3%2,861-854$362$200,231,7225Paramount / DreamWorks
7Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$1,002,885-7%2,7300$367$14,852,9371Paramount
8Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$990,7073%2,1610$458$50,027,6942Lionsgate
9People Like Us$298,2662%2,0550$145$10,401,2232Disney / DreamWorks
10Marvel's The Avengers$288,2996%1,125-227$256$612,261,73210Disney
11Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$268,1102%1,657-750$162$35,148,0893Fox
12Prometheus$233,9784%1,105-147$212$123,328,7615Fox
13Snow White and the Huntsman$201,600-3%1,152-489$175$150,608,5306Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$498,0681%88430$563$28,778,4957Focus
2Men in Black 3$201,9184%879-134$230$173,912,0637Sony / Columbia
3The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$105,6417%359-42$294$42,389,77610Fox Searchlight
4Rock of Ages$82,1165%701-549$117$37,287,9954Warner Bros. / New Line
5That's My Boy$74,7933%400-422$187$36,414,0554Sony / Columbia
6The Hunger Games$52,0491%228-50$228$404,584,89616Lionsgate
7Dark Shadows$48,2308%303-62$159$77,041,2629Warner Bros.
8Battleship$41,0853%249-59$165$64,495,5558Universal
9What to Expect When You're Expecting$34,7259%23633$147$40,553,6508Lionsgate
10Safety Not Guaranteed$30,7604%1091$282$2,282,5905FilmDistrict
11Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$27,9750%175-27$160$213,602,26019Universal
12The Dictator$22,5748%18656$121$59,400,9778Paramount
13Mirror Mirror$13,4574%119-47$113$64,706,23515Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$70,4658%520$1,355$5,315,22912Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$38,197-7%1912$2,010$902,1402Fox Searchlight
3The Intouchables$34,9988%60-8$583$3,225,1557Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$14,166-10%330$429$19,898,90066Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Three Stooges$9,39611%76-41$124$43,947,44613Fox
6The Lucky One (2012)$8,01819%72-43$111$60,422,38412Warner Bros.
7The Cabin in the Woods$7,7966%83-66$94$42,073,27713Lionsgate
8For Greater Glory$6,7077%39-4$172$5,439,7706ARC Entertainment
9Chernobyl Diaries$3,2718%38-107$86$18,098,0327Warner Bros.
10Easy Money (2012)$1,5966%1--$1,596$3,0990Weinstein Company
11Crooked Arrows$1,0770%11-2$98$1,825,6098Branded/Peck Films
12The Raven$6010%29-49$21$16,008,27211Relativity Media