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 Sun, Oct. 21 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 4$4,473,532-53%3,412--$1,311$29,003,8661Paramount
2Argo$3,901,354-48%3,24715$1,202$43,011,9642Warner Bros.
3Hotel Transylvania$3,516,891-40%3,3849$1,039$118,522,3894Sony / Columbia
4Taken 2$2,927,084-52%3,489-217$839$105,832,3393Fox
5Alex Cross$2,530,038-48%2,539--$996$11,396,7681Lionsgate / Summit
6Here Comes the Boom$2,038,308-46%3,0140$676$23,131,5292Sony / Columbia
7Sinister$2,006,617-47%2,54215$789$31,735,6432Lionsgate / Summit
8Pitch Perfect$1,502,910-49%2,660-127$565$45,516,7784Universal
9Frankenweenie$1,265,180-33%2,362-643$536$28,238,7793Disney
10Looper$1,048,854-44%2,223-382$472$57,842,8194Sony / TriStar
11Seven Psychopaths$806,800-45%1,4800$545$9,161,4722CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$504,631-46%74519$677$9,123,8725Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$231,535-35%751-800$308$37,895,5715Open Road
3Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$167,601-33%945-67$177$2,860,4202Atlas Distribution
4Trouble with the Curve$162,174-51%925-887$175$34,084,5725Warner Bros.
5The Master$129,593-46%412-270$315$14,738,2136Weinstein Company
6The Dark Knight Rises$93,283-42%345-120$270$446,764,06714Warner Bros.
7House at the End of the Street$76,114-67%746-1120$102$30,782,8625Relativity Media
8Arbitrage$69,517-51%169-25$411$7,061,2676Roadside Attractions
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$57,013-34%222-15$257$160,072,50615Fox
10The Bourne Legacy$37,115-51%232-13$160$112,808,70011Universal
11Dredd 3D$32,079-28%1605$200$13,325,9685Lionsgate
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$29,762-35%149-27$200$48,574,36312Fox
13ParaNorman$29,012-40%168-8$173$54,664,35210Focus
14Resident Evil: Retribution$25,781-45%158-191$163$41,954,2986Sony / Screen Gems
15Lawless$22,808-39%184-103$124$37,264,1038Weinstein Company
16Ted (2012)$16,350-48%109-36$150$218,628,68017Universal
17Hope Springs (2012)$14,824-46%131-84$113$63,536,01111Sony / Columbia
18Premium Rush$13,432-43%119-44$113$20,275,4469Sony / Columbia
19Won't Back Down$12,523-36%168-345$75$5,228,7704Fox
20The Possession$10,571-64%133-236$79$48,833,6308Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$30,862-36%4--$7,716$113,4671Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$25,609-22%520$492$9,272,18427Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$11,661-44%601$194$12,822,91222Weinstein Company
4The Expendables 2$11,512-45%92-54$125$84,573,29310Lionsgate
5Born to Be Wild 3D$8,580-28%300$286$21,089,64981Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Campaign$8,110-46%74-27$110$86,437,56611Warner Bros.
7Simon and the Oaks$6,741-34%76$963$37,4772The Film Arcade
8The Other Dream Team$5,846-27%131$450$101,0054The Film Arcade
9Moonrise Kingdom$4,743-43%29-27$164$45,489,12522Focus
10War of the Buttons (2012)$4,591-42%3530$131$24,2732Weinstein Company
11Beasts of the Southern Wild$4,374-43%28-8$156$11,186,65017Fox Searchlight
12Barfi!$3,105-39%10-24$311$2,799,4456UTV Communications
13Thaandavam$1,014-53%2-1$507$212,1454UTV Communications
14Husbands In Goa$55038%20$275$9,5355UTV Communications
15Gayby$457-43%1--$457$8,2272The Film Collaborative