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 Tue, Oct. 30 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,533,37281%2,855-392$537$62,888,7443Warner Bros.
2Cloud Atlas$1,028,18944%2,008--$512$11,355,9271Warner Bros.
3Hotel Transylvania$793,45973%3,276-108$242$131,633,3535Sony / Columbia
4Taken 2$723,74953%2,995-494$242$118,302,8824Fox
5Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$692,03233%2,933--$236$9,235,0791Open Road
6Paranormal Activity 4$684,01840%3,4120$200$43,641,8912Paramount
7Sinister$497,25444%2,347-195$212$40,284,2833Lionsgate / Summit
8Here Comes the Boom$493,49172%2,491-523$198$31,101,5093Sony / Columbia
9Alex Cross$477,80546%2,5412$188$20,258,2322Lionsgate / Summit
10Pitch Perfect$369,81561%1,999-661$185$51,899,9585Universal
11Fun Size$301,62463%3,014--$100$4,588,0571Paramount
12Looper$273,52053%1,189-1034$230$61,965,6655Sony / TriStar
13Chasing Mavericks$253,93342%2,002--$127$2,700,5191Fox
14Frankenweenie$209,35352%1,738-624$120$32,145,8824Disney
15Seven Psychopaths$201,18156%1,003-477$201$12,290,0173CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$153,71666%736-9$209$11,503,6996Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$33,5073%290-461$116$38,622,0086Open Road
3Trouble with the Curve$32,29160%420-505$77$34,712,7116Warner Bros.
4The Master$30,78366%201-211$153$15,257,9947Weinstein Company
5The Dark Knight Rises$26,48810%291-54$91$447,208,94815Warner Bros.
6ParaNorman$20,17125%280112$72$54,969,33511Focus
7Arbitrage$17,77961%125-44$142$7,370,0897Roadside Attractions
8The Campaign$15,80414%222148$71$86,611,61012Warner Bros.
9The Bourne Legacy$15,28033%191-41$80$113,028,58012Universal
10The Expendables 2$13,31218%17886$75$84,729,99811Lionsgate
11House at the End of the Street$13,22737%302-444$44$31,078,1716Relativity Media
12Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$12,40542%147-798$84$3,227,4923Atlas Distribution
13Ice Age: Continental Drift$9,30020%192-30$48$160,272,78816Fox
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$3,9044%116-33$34$48,666,32113Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$28,927184%2016$1,446$416,1172Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$10,9755%520$211$9,429,42728Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$5,3665%300$179$21,160,11482Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Intouchables$5,18648%48-12$108$12,893,72723Weinstein Company
5Lawless$4,52036%96-88$47$37,345,8879Weinstein Company
6Dredd 3D$3,55311%72-88$49$13,408,4456Lionsgate
7Won't Back Down$2,042-8%65-103$31$5,268,3475Fox
8The Possession$1,68118%82-51$21$48,883,1049Lionsgate
9Moonrise Kingdom$1,15216%15-14$77$45,510,01023Focus
10War of the Buttons (2012)$77042%8-27$96$39,9733Weinstein Company
11Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$304-16%4--$76$57,0334Roadside Attractions
12Gayby$8833%10$88$11,2243The Film Collaborative