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 Mon, Nov. 5 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wreck-It Ralph$2,961,132-79%3,752--$789$51,999,8441Disney
2Flight$1,950,065-68%1,884--$1,035$26,850,6311Paramount
3Argo$719,513-70%2,774-81$259$76,579,7534Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$644,460-65%1,868--$345$8,555,4401Universal
5Cloud Atlas$454,914-69%2,0135$226$18,846,6572Warner Bros.
6Taken 2$439,715-66%2,639-356$167$126,026,6445Fox
7Paranormal Activity 4$313,750-64%3,006-406$104$49,843,4323Paramount
8Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$308,776-62%2,9330$105$14,189,0462Open Road
9Hotel Transylvania$249,345-79%2,922-354$85$137,726,7486Sony / Columbia
10Here Comes the Boom$241,073-72%2,314-177$104$35,741,2964Sony / Columbia
11Pitch Perfect$240,320-64%1,502-497$160$55,874,0236Universal
12Sinister$226,133-60%1,882-465$120$44,502,9534Lionsgate / Summit
13Fun Size$161,513-73%3,0162$54$7,616,0922Paramount
14Alex Cross$151,167-66%1,648-893$92$23,237,4823Lionsgate / Summit
15Chasing Mavericks$109,205-66%2,03028$54$4,467,9572Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Nov. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$108,811-63%622-114$175$13,168,0317Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$99,408-66%696-493$143$63,761,2126Sony / TriStar
3Seven Psychopaths$69,180-63%459-544$151$13,480,9304CBS Films
4Frankenweenie$56,041-75%857-881$65$33,395,9605Disney
5The Dark Knight Rises$28,060-59%2910$96$447,549,20716Warner Bros.
6The Master$16,710-65%138-63$121$15,528,1048Weinstein Company
7ParaNorman$15,871-78%246-34$65$55,247,21112Focus
8End of Watch$15,226-65%158-132$96$38,868,4157Open Road
9Trouble with the Curve$14,895-65%286-134$52$34,978,0737Warner Bros.
10The Campaign$10,091-62%188-34$54$86,754,59413Warner Bros.
11The Bourne Legacy$9,180-59%153-38$60$113,174,81513Universal
12The Expendables 2$9,126-68%173-5$53$84,864,43912Lionsgate
13The Possession$8,234-68%15573$53$48,990,36110Lionsgate
14Arbitrage$8,164-72%116-9$70$7,545,4488Roadside Attractions
15Ice Age: Continental Drift$7,840-80%157-35$50$160,428,67017Fox
16House at the End of the Street$5,532-56%128-174$43$31,186,8097Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Nov. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$40,268-68%6949$584$983,4983Fox Searchlight
2A Late Quartet$10,448-53%9--$1,161$85,7271Entertainment One / RKO
3To the Arctic 3D$9,903-58%520$190$9,542,22829Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Born to Be Wild 3D$5,362-45%300$179$21,210,56783Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$4,714-83%60--$79$100,0781UTV Communications
6Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$3,074-68%70-77$44$3,289,4644Atlas Distribution
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$3,034-86%95-21$32$48,740,08114Fox
8The Intouchables$2,970-66%28-20$106$12,940,47424Weinstein Company
9The Bay$2,371-52%23--$103$22,1181Roadside Attractions
10Won't Back Down$1,561-55%41-24$38$5,286,7686Fox
11This Must Be the Place$1,372-56%2--$686$9,1261Weinstein Company
12Lawless$1,267-54%35-61$36$37,367,03510Weinstein Company
13War of the Buttons (2012)$745-39%6-2$124$46,3474Weinstein Company
14Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$531-70%40$133$70,1555Roadside Attractions
15Vamps$12-94%1--$12$5601Anchor Bay Films