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, Aug. 4 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$14,273,11440%4,242-162$3,365$342,696,9283Warner Bros.
2Total Recall (2012)$9,347,5213%3,601--$2,596$18,439,8621Sony / Columbia
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$5,052,188-13%3,391--$1,490$10,891,5341Fox
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,381,97635%3,542-327$955$129,349,3824Fox
5The Watch$2,548,53132%3,1680$804$23,491,2122Fox
6Ted (2012)$2,268,94039%2,767-362$820$201,836,7056Universal
7Step Up Revolution$2,197,39115%2,60639$843$21,908,0132Lionsgate / Summit
8The Amazing Spider-Man$1,744,41840%2,425-735$719$249,328,1515Sony / Columbia
9Brave$1,183,74847%2,110-441$561$222,424,0087Disney
10Magic Mike$541,56314%1,202-873$451$110,530,2486Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$530,56761%687-166$772$40,398,38411Focus
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$494,97466%318110$1,557$5,521,8356Fox Searchlight
3Savages$380,16046%704-710$540$45,740,7255Universal
4Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$322,46045%737-374$438$63,955,4036Lionsgate
5Men in Black 3$261,81839%326139$803$176,422,71111Sony / Columbia
6The Intouchables$249,17685%1940$1,284$8,466,88311Weinstein Company
7Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$223,55439%504-304$444$210,649,3589Paramount / DreamWorks
8The Hunger Games$172,60734%291-19$593$406,569,71220Lionsgate
9The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$129,78974%230-46$564$44,908,00314Fox Searchlight
10Snow White and the Huntsman$128,23538%309-46$415$153,734,16510Universal
11Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$76,27426%277-329$275$24,723,9005Paramount
12Safety Not Guaranteed$70,69770%121-28$584$3,415,8939FilmDistrict
13Prometheus$65,63543%198-31$331$125,770,7419Fox
14Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$49,96854%165-32$303$36,969,6277Fox
15Dark Shadows$42,17930%132-90$320$79,593,89713Warner Bros.
16Rock of Ages$28,27634%145-157$195$38,433,4858Warner Bros. / New Line
17The Pirates! Band of Misfits$25,34917%112-39$226$31,031,40515Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ruby Sparks$173,64868%6451$2,713$519,5332Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$72,72718%520$1,399$6,784,35116Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$23,63713%330$716$20,321,08070Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Easy Money (2012)$9,49782%61$1,583$107,3994Weinstein Company
5Soldiers of Fortune$9,31429%50--$186$16,5551Roadside Attractions
6For Greater Glory$5,65149%34-55$166$5,647,97410ARC Entertainment
7A Cat In Paris$5,076140%142$363$270,31610GKIDS
8Mirror Mirror$2,47119%39-17$63$64,888,41419Relativity Media