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. 17 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$41,443,147-42%4,070--$10,183$112,610,9861Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$17,686,99544%3,5050$5,046$149,776,8592Sony / Columbia
3Wreck-It Ralph$8,622,82596%3,622-130$2,381$116,200,0493Disney
4Lincoln$8,606,86834%1,7751764$4,849$16,436,2832Disney / DreamWorks
5Flight$3,943,62456%2,612565$1,510$59,187,3173Paramount
6Argo$1,894,01769%2,210-553$857$90,967,3876Warner Bros.
7Taken 2$960,36246%2,063-424$466$134,142,2027Fox
8Pitch Perfect$566,61044%1,122-269$505$60,775,6638Universal
9Here Comes the Boom$535,12561%1,350-694$396$40,687,2176Sony / Columbia
10Hotel Transylvania$415,16798%1,248-1318$333$142,416,7728Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jab Tak Hai Jaan$533,01946%160--$3,331$1,556,0051Yash Raj Films
2The Sessions$416,05662%516388$806$2,576,8555Fox Searchlight
3Cloud Atlas$398,96769%920-1103$434$24,629,0084Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$295,75544%910-962$325$14,463,4803Universal
5The Perks of Being A Wallflower$256,40346%511-96$502$15,419,5489Lionsgate / Summit
6Sinister$196,88134%789-765$250$47,338,7926Lionsgate / Summit
7Paranormal Activity 4$171,26936%850-1498$201$53,417,9805Paramount
8Alex Cross$130,78065%535-555$244$25,124,7335Lionsgate / Summit
9Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$92,03744%456-1446$202$17,069,7924Open Road
10Looper$91,81743%214-277$429$65,066,6968Sony / TriStar
11Chasing Mavericks$78,14458%198-261$395$5,567,1984Fox
12A Late Quartet$73,64985%10038$736$486,1013Entertainment One / RKO
13Seven Psychopaths$71,41562%171-185$418$14,415,5866CBS Films
14Fun Size$58,27875%388-913$150$9,108,3754Paramount
15Trouble with the Curve$55,79634%272-149$205$35,499,6609Warner Bros.
16ParaNorman$52,725118%180-18$293$55,594,46214Focus
17House at the End of the Street$45,20362%17597$258$31,325,5739Relativity Media
18The Dark Knight Rises$41,88760%160-83$262$447,885,95118Warner Bros.
19Ice Age: Continental Drift$41,660112%132-15$316$160,666,23919Fox
20The Campaign$13,07742%101-37$129$86,890,10615Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$182,51851%16--$11,407$303,2881Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$129,17247%16--$8,073$217,0501Focus
3To the Arctic 3D$29,31419%520$564$9,794,03331Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Master$23,46682%52-36$451$15,775,03610Weinstein Company
5Arbitrage$23,19960%80-7$290$7,745,49710Roadside Attractions
6End of Watch$20,93245%75-50$279$39,109,3269Open Road
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$19,561147%72-10$272$48,855,99016Fox
8The Expendables 2$15,52177%95-39$163$85,006,30514Lionsgate
9Born to Be Wild 3D$15,19910%300$507$21,310,10285Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Possession$12,17874%81-40$150$49,114,27612Lionsgate
11This Must Be the Place$11,75962%154$784$78,6673Weinstein Company
12The Intouchables$4,75022%24-10$198$12,999,00126Weinstein Company
13Lawless$2,04017%19-1$107$37,387,33512Weinstein Company
14Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$1,80743%15-28$120$3,324,9226Atlas Distribution
15Simon and the Oaks$1,004112%5--$201$149,4416The Film Arcade