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. 14 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ice Age: Continental Drift$16,965,4521%3,881--$4,371$33,693,7931Fox
2The Amazing Spider-Man$13,882,92436%4,3180$3,215$189,953,5832Sony / Columbia
3Ted (2012)$8,703,40526%3,30347$2,635$152,453,0703Universal
4Brave$4,404,70034%3,392-499$1,299$192,594,7724Disney
5Savages$3,853,66541%2,6357$1,462$29,055,5152Universal
6Magic Mike$3,291,467-3%3,090-30$1,065$89,518,6793Warner Bros.
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$2,346,32231%2,004-157$1,171$54,168,2953Lionsgate
8Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$1,458,00337%2,285-576$638$202,757,2876Paramount / DreamWorks
9Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$1,349,2253%2,7322$494$17,515,8222Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,537,84147%92440$1,664$31,360,9128Focus
2Marvel's The Avengers$587,18348%747-378$786$613,244,34911Disney
3Snow White and the Huntsman$436,66540%677-475$645$151,356,6157Universal
4Prometheus$402,90745%559-546$721$124,010,2876Fox
5Men in Black 3$398,95448%497-382$803$174,581,0048Sony / Columbia
6People Like Us$331,01438%961-1094$344$10,971,3173Disney / DreamWorks
7Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$313,86737%655-1002$479$35,690,3154Fox
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$274,59764%342-17$803$42,832,29511Fox Searchlight
9That's My Boy$141,68940%172-228$824$36,657,0275Sony / Columbia
10Safety Not Guaranteed$140,71549%18273$773$2,517,4846FilmDistrict
11The Hunger Games$116,15243%212-16$548$404,782,36317Lionsgate
12Rock of Ages$115,12835%255-446$451$37,488,4205Warner Bros. / New Line
13Battleship$98,04032%228-21$430$64,667,6909Universal
14Dark Shadows$90,37434%239-64$378$77,199,23910Warner Bros.
15What to Expect When You're Expecting$69,73323%221-15$316$40,680,0209Lionsgate
16The Pirates! Band of Misfits$67,96524%232-25$293$30,415,00812Sony / Columbia
17Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$57,96019%168-7$345$213,708,94020Universal
18The Dictator$37,96821%161-25$236$59,470,3729Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beasts of the Southern Wild$325,98854%8162$4,025$1,440,4183Fox Searchlight
2The Intouchables$151,87972%8323$1,830$3,465,1808Weinstein Company
3Bol Bachchan$94,75755%980$967$931,4352Fox International Pictures
4To the Arctic 3D$74,22512%520$1,427$5,455,73313Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Three Stooges$45,78314%72-4$636$44,033,36614Fox
6Born to Be Wild 3D$21,7030%330$658$19,942,32467Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Mirror Mirror$21,62927%91-28$238$64,744,86016Relativity Media
8For Greater Glory$18,26232%423$435$5,471,8237ARC Entertainment
9The Obama Effect$18,174-66%25--$727$71,0961ARC Entertainment
10Easy Money (2012)$10,25075%2--$5,125$19,1951Weinstein Company
11The Lucky One (2012)$8,73425%41-31$213$60,438,11913Warner Bros.
12The Imposter$8,37959%1--$8,379$13,6431Indomina Releasing
13A Cat In Paris$6,75377%18--$375$202,0957GKIDS
14Chernobyl Diaries$5,6785%23-15$247$18,109,1308Warner Bros.
15Crooked Arrows$1,845-11%9-2$205$1,829,5339Branded/Peck Films