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 Sat, Nov. 3 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wreck-It Ralph$21,299,34258%3,752--$5,677$34,805,9821Disney
2Flight$10,639,61631%1,884--$5,647$18,791,0541Paramount
3Argo$4,810,51560%2,774-81$1,734$73,465,0684Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$3,007,480-2%1,868--$1,610$6,061,6601Universal
5Taken 2$2,796,34154%2,639-356$1,060$124,281,4985Fox
6Cloud Atlas$2,399,93259%2,0135$1,192$16,923,2932Warner Bros.
7Hotel Transylvania$2,088,63986%2,922-354$715$136,281,7756Sony / Columbia
8Paranormal Activity 4$1,938,25534%3,006-406$645$48,667,2773Paramount
9Here Comes the Boom$1,671,90266%2,314-177$723$34,653,7254Sony / Columbia
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$1,435,01138%2,9330$489$13,070,1912Open Road
11Pitch Perfect$1,426,90047%1,502-497$950$54,965,3136Universal
12Sinister$1,261,99139%1,882-465$671$43,713,2164Lionsgate / Summit
13Fun Size$1,048,57260%3,0162$348$6,865,9002Paramount
14Alex Cross$941,33864%1,648-893$571$22,644,6133Lionsgate / Summit
15Chasing Mavericks$548,06852%2,03028$270$4,038,5362Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$565,53947%622-114$909$12,767,7737Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$562,44856%696-493$808$63,373,0206Sony / TriStar
3Frankenweenie$348,42582%857-881$407$33,113,7195Disney
4Seven Psychopaths$341,03361%459-544$743$13,225,2744CBS Films
5The Dark Knight Rises$120,93171%2910$416$447,452,70716Warner Bros.
6ParaNorman$106,905117%246-34$435$55,158,15712Focus
7The Master$87,88495%138-63$637$15,463,7778Weinstein Company
8Trouble with the Curve$78,66531%286-134$275$34,920,6087Warner Bros.
9End of Watch$71,31964%158-132$451$38,809,6857Open Road
10Arbitrage$61,36689%116-9$529$7,508,0588Roadside Attractions
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$60,565125%157-35$386$160,382,57117Fox
12The Bourne Legacy$49,72548%153-38$325$113,143,45013Universal
13The Expendables 2$46,95374%173-5$271$84,826,59212Lionsgate
14The Campaign$45,72143%188-34$243$86,717,94613Warner Bros.
15The Possession$44,43484%15573$287$48,956,14310Lionsgate
16Resident Evil: Retribution$37,05368%131-67$283$42,232,4928Sony / Screen Gems
17House at the End of the Street$36,01449%128-174$281$31,168,6157Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$219,47977%6949$3,181$818,2963Fox Searchlight
2Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$44,97496%60--$750$67,9301UTV Communications
3To the Arctic 3D$32,37449%520$623$9,508,50629Warner Bros. / IMAX
4A Late Quartet$31,70148%9--$3,522$53,1311Entertainment One / RKO
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$29,778170%95-21$313$48,714,68114Fox
6Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$15,78267%70-77$225$3,276,8334Atlas Distribution
7The Intouchables$14,95598%28-20$534$12,928,72124Weinstein Company
8Simon and the Oaks$14,633120%13-1$1,126$111,5054The Film Arcade
9Born to Be Wild 3D$12,25026%300$408$21,195,45583Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Bay$8,53535%23--$371$14,8511Roadside Attractions
11Won't Back Down$5,70446%41-24$139$5,281,7386Fox
12Lawless$5,67226%35-61$162$37,363,03610Weinstein Company
13This Must Be the Place$3,232132%2--$1,616$4,6281Weinstein Company
14Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$3,065-55%40$766$67,8775Roadside Attractions
15The Other Dream Team$1,772-15%5-9$354$128,0536The Film Arcade
16War of the Buttons (2012)$1,52155%6-2$254$44,3714Weinstein Company
17Vamps$19225%1--$192$3461Anchor Bay Films