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 Wed, Aug. 22 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables 2$2,163,690-33%3,316--$653$36,777,8341Lionsgate
2The Bourne Legacy$1,444,905-28%3,7538$385$74,778,8402Universal
3The Campaign$1,257,872-26%3,25550$386$55,934,7492Warner Bros.
4ParaNorman$1,197,541-31%3,429--$349$18,487,8331Focus
5The Dark Knight Rises$1,196,744-20%3,157-533$379$413,861,7645Warner Bros.
6The Odd Life of Timothy Green$1,060,608-30%2,59847$408$18,949,1101Disney
7Hope Springs (2012)$948,361-23%2,3610$402$38,154,4722Sony / Columbia
8Hit and Run$625,011--2,698--$232$625,0110Open Road
9Sparkle (2012)$619,949-35%2,244--$276$14,084,9291Sony / TriStar
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$401,571-34%2,308-1093$174$40,267,4703Fox
11Total Recall (2012)$368,070-28%2,151-1450$171$53,041,2753Sony / Columbia
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$340,027-32%1,930-917$176$151,418,6776Fox
13Ted (2012)$167,970-22%1,018-925$165$213,647,3708Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brave$105,940-18%576-534$184$229,471,1339Disney
2The Amazing Spider-Man$97,216-28%542-853$179$257,769,6647Sony / Columbia
3Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$91,210-27%406100$225$212,994,57011Paramount / DreamWorks
4Step Up Revolution$87,092-40%905-993$96$33,114,8904Lionsgate / Summit
5Moonrise Kingdom$78,9295%282-165$280$43,192,71813Focus
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$71,585-3%230-52$311$8,324,4848Fox Searchlight
7The Intouchables$52,418-11%1940$270$10,042,17913Weinstein Company
8Ruby Sparks$32,219-26%194-58$166$1,907,1914Fox Searchlight
9The Watch$31,865-44%395-1613$81$33,200,5404Fox
10Magic Mike$30,647-27%255-195$120$112,825,7428Warner Bros.
11Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$27,801-36%298-502$93$3,194,0852ARC Entertainment
12Snow White and the Huntsman$25,620-5%244-26$105$154,737,52512Universal
13The Hunger Games$19,267-11%230-30$84$407,749,78422Lionsgate
14The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$17,279-11%120-47$144$45,643,36216Fox Searchlight
15Savages$14,630-14%154-164$95$47,104,9557Universal
16Prometheus$11,023-8%101-40$109$126,228,43911Fox
17Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$9,551-13%140-62$68$25,271,9347Paramount
18Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$8,962-9%105-25$85$37,334,8789Fox
19Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$7,726-34%199-165$39$64,986,5988Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$40,752-2%520$784$7,779,78018Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$11,825-6%330$358$20,616,45972Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Cosmopolis$6,097-12%3--$2,032$287,3971Entertainment One Films
4Safety Not Guaranteed$6,0261%54-19$112$3,699,96611FilmDistrict
5Easy Money (2012)$1,420-11%5-2$284$170,2386Weinstein Company
6A Cat In Paris$802-9%7-5$115$296,59312GKIDS