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, Aug. 16 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bourne Legacy$3,052,175-4%3,745--$815$52,561,0801Universal
2The Campaign$2,463,390-8%3,205--$769$38,308,5371Warner Bros.
3The Dark Knight Rises$2,032,209-5%3,690-552$551$398,775,9114Warner Bros.
4The Odd Life of Timothy Green$1,974,379-14%2,551--$774$4,278,0150Disney
5Hope Springs (2012)$1,557,106-4%2,3610$660$25,951,7921Sony / Columbia
6Total Recall (2012)$907,217-5%3,6010$252$48,282,4432Sony / Columbia
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$900,859-13%3,40110$265$34,912,3212Fox
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$730,349-10%2,847-695$257$147,186,4165Fox
9Ted (2012)$378,885-2%1,943-642$195$211,521,3057Universal
10Step Up Revolution$282,999-15%1,898-708$149$31,736,4183Lionsgate / Summit
11The Amazing Spider-Man$254,278-3%1,395-821$182$256,676,5186Sony / Columbia
12The Watch$233,648-8%2,008-1160$116$32,560,1863Fox
13Brave$226,739-6%1,110-773$204$228,305,5188Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ek Tha Tiger$136,056-35%118--$1,153$345,0640Yash Raj Films
2Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$120,653-15%8000$151$2,765,1711ARC Entertainment
3Moonrise Kingdom$99,9604%447-240$224$42,462,80812Focus
4Beasts of the Southern Wild$96,476-2%282-36$342$7,547,6767Fox Searchlight
5Magic Mike$68,1151%450-752$151$112,520,7937Warner Bros.
6Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$59,277-13%306-198$194$211,976,67710Paramount / DreamWorks
7Ruby Sparks$58,630-2%252188$233$1,495,3713Fox Searchlight
8The Intouchables$54,836-3%1940$283$9,518,41912Weinstein Company
9The Hunger Games$46,4554%260-31$179$407,483,25721Lionsgate
10Snow White and the Huntsman$38,3250%270-39$142$154,452,04511Universal
11Savages$29,775-4%318-246$94$46,953,2156Universal
12The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$26,833-6%167-63$161$45,483,97315Fox Searchlight
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$23,152-5%364-373$64$64,845,7707Lionsgate
14Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$22,148-5%202-75$110$25,178,3206Paramount
15Prometheus$17,3354%141-57$123$126,119,32910Fox
16Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$13,1494%130-35$101$37,233,8198Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$46,204-12%520$889$7,497,78517Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$14,896-16%330$451$20,553,77971Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Safety Not Guaranteed$11,4197%73-48$156$3,642,60710FilmDistrict
4Dark Shadows$4,23715%45-87$94$79,727,14914Warner Bros.
5Easy Money (2012)$2,67227%71$382$152,5915Weinstein Company
6Rock of Ages$2,62029%57-88$46$38,518,6139Warner Bros. / New Line
7For Greater Glory$1,962221%10-24$196$5,672,84611ARC Entertainment
8A Cat In Paris$618-14%12-2$52$291,17811GKIDS
9Mirror Mirror$43322%456$10$64,935,16720Relativity Media