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, Oct. 24 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,318,075-24%3,24715$406$47,096,8872Warner Bros.
2Paranormal Activity 4$1,036,385-31%3,412--$304$32,820,0491Paramount
3Taken 2$800,738-26%3,489-217$230$108,523,3073Fox
4Alex Cross$641,639-31%2,539--$253$13,693,5221Lionsgate / Summit
5Sinister$602,186-24%2,54215$237$33,783,6452Lionsgate / Summit
6Hotel Transylvania$502,946-25%3,3849$149$120,305,0954Sony / Columbia
7Here Comes the Boom$424,799-29%3,0140$141$24,608,9092Sony / Columbia
8Pitch Perfect$412,285-22%2,660-127$155$46,860,1384Universal
9Looper$366,242-26%2,223-382$165$59,040,6334Sony / TriStar
10Seven Psychopaths$303,460-26%1,4800$205$10,163,6072CBS Films
11Frankenweenie$251,212-16%2,362-643$106$29,057,4443Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$160,436-16%74519$215$9,622,4515Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$81,398-16%751-800$108$38,154,5555Open Road
3Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$62,986-13%945-67$67$3,045,4512Atlas Distribution
4Trouble with the Curve$62,258-16%925-887$67$34,284,1835Warner Bros.
5The Master$52,813-20%412-270$128$14,896,5566Weinstein Company
6The Dark Knight Rises$32,493-10%345-120$94$446,861,18114Warner Bros.
7Arbitrage$28,535-25%169-25$169$7,145,2986Roadside Attractions
8House at the End of the Street$23,4711%746-1120$31$30,852,7365Relativity Media
9The Bourne Legacy$14,985-19%232-13$65$112,855,00511Universal
10Dredd 3D$11,745-28%1605$73$13,367,1105Lionsgate
11Lawless$10,973-18%184-103$60$37,298,0088Weinstein Company
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$9,621-14%222-15$43$160,103,68415Fox
13Ted (2012)$8,720-11%109-36$80$218,657,56517Universal
14ParaNorman$5,069-29%168-8$30$54,683,07410Focus
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$4,262-17%149-27$29$48,588,39012Fox
16Won't Back Down$3,805-55%168-345$23$5,245,6554Fox
17The Possession$2,789-3%133-236$21$48,842,6168Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$14,98726%520$288$9,310,86927Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Sessions$11,615-6%4--$2,904$147,1061Fox Searchlight
3The Intouchables$5,813-9%601$97$12,839,45822Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$5,263-26%300$175$21,107,60481Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Expendables 2$4,075-32%92-54$44$84,587,59310Lionsgate
6The Campaign$3,747-1%74-27$51$86,448,07911Warner Bros.
7War of the Buttons (2012)$2,460-5%3530$70$30,8752Weinstein Company
8Moonrise Kingdom$2,394-19%29-27$83$45,496,11322Focus
9Beasts of the Southern Wild$2,038-3%28-8$73$11,192,13417Fox Searchlight
10Barfi!$641-18%10-24$64$2,801,2576UTV Communications
11Gayby$412156%1--$412$9,1122The Film Collaborative
12Thaandavam$148-82%2-1$74$213,3114UTV Communications