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. 21 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$44,931,966-41%4,404--$10,203$120,686,8631Warner Bros.
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$7,764,65915%3,8865$1,998$82,945,0882Fox
3The Amazing Spider-Man$4,254,57323%3,753-565$1,134$225,426,2043Sony / Columbia
4Ted (2012)$3,888,94020%3,214-89$1,210$177,554,8954Universal
5Brave$2,289,03518%2,899-493$790$206,974,4185Disney
6Magic Mike$1,604,783-2%2,606-484$616$100,914,2004Warner Bros.
7Savages$1,284,80026%2,336-299$550$38,957,1553Universal
8Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$948,80133%1,540-464$616$59,698,4094Lionsgate
9Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$505,28611%1,261-1024$401$207,237,6187Paramount / DreamWorks
10Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$409,9032%1,123-1609$365$22,277,4233Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$747,69134%895-29$835$35,561,3649Focus
2Dark Shadows$548,32335%412173$1,331$78,365,61711Warner Bros.
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$314,79645%12948$2,440$2,623,1514Fox Searchlight
4Marvel's The Avengers$254,91334%495-252$515$614,883,01512Disney
5Snow White and the Huntsman$179,96042%409-268$440$152,468,6608Universal
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$172,97946%288-54$601$43,727,25812Fox Searchlight
7Prometheus$124,74137%312-247$400$125,018,6997Fox
8Rock of Ages$119,30227%32267$371$37,896,3656Warner Bros. / New Line
9Men in Black 3$108,15634%266-231$407$175,405,1519Sony / Columbia
10Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$74,64845%266-389$281$36,427,2995Fox
11The Hunger Games$72,44430%190-22$381$405,173,61418Lionsgate
12Safety Not Guaranteed$67,25557%124-58$542$2,893,5587FilmDistrict
13Battleship$49,88538%172-56$290$64,956,61510Universal
14What to Expect When You're Expecting$46,01328%192-29$240$40,922,81810Lionsgate
15The Pirates! Band of Misfits$42,32913%189-43$224$30,689,90713Sony / Columbia
16Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$30,895-3%167-1$185$213,926,12521Universal
17The Dictator$17,61524%105-56$168$59,601,04010Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$135,47962%918$1,489$6,978,3849Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$68,7393%520$1,322$5,916,89814Warner Bros. / IMAX
3That's My Boy$30,98729%84-88$369$36,914,0856Sony / Columbia
4Bol Bachchan$30,14759%46-52$655$1,134,6203Fox International Pictures
5Born to Be Wild 3D$22,699-10%330$688$20,066,71768Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Three Stooges$22,68030%53-19$428$44,146,93215Fox
7Mirror Mirror$12,09226%59-32$205$64,822,38317Relativity Media
8For Greater Glory$7,83535%33-9$237$5,548,9568ARC Entertainment
9Easy Money (2012)$6,36267%20$3,181$47,5522Weinstein Company
10A Cat In Paris$5,82498%180$324$226,5298GKIDS
1130 Beats$3,23211%15--$215$6,1481Roadside Attractions
12The Obama Effect$2,59115%21-4$123$101,6882ARC Entertainment