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 Sun, Dec. 2 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$4,389,831-42%4,008-62$1,095$254,598,8663Lionsgate / Summit
2Rise of The Guardians$4,159,102-34%3,67219$1,133$48,836,1052Paramount / DreamWorks
3Skyfall$4,045,608-47%3,463-63$1,168$245,585,0834Sony / Columbia
4Life of Pi$3,477,829-35%2,9281$1,188$48,512,9942Fox
5Lincoln$3,454,022-41%2,0180$1,712$83,566,1694Disney / DreamWorks
6Wreck-It Ralph$1,975,043-40%3,087-172$640$158,184,8135Disney
7Killing Them Softly$1,578,435-42%2,424--$651$6,812,9001Weinstein Company
8Red Dawn (2012)$1,532,762-47%2,78156$551$31,272,9532FilmDistrict
9Flight$1,120,798-45%2,603-35$431$81,465,9035Paramount
10The Collection$745,083-38%1,403--$531$3,104,2691LD Entertainment
11Argo$483,948-50%1,043-212$464$100,990,7668Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$800,383-42%3714$2,157$10,740,1123Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$668,086-30%384318$1,740$4,106,9213Focus
3Talaash$418,662-43%174--$2,406$1,637,8331Reliance Entertainment
4Taken 2$103,230-53%496-267$208$137,163,5549Fox
5The Sessions$88,953-41%226-289$394$4,582,1817Fox Searchlight
6Pitch Perfect$80,795-54%403-89$200$63,099,24310Universal
7Cloud Atlas$73,883-28%194-64$381$26,181,4556Warner Bros.
8Looper$52,660-40%280-13$188$65,915,58510Sony / TriStar
9Here Comes the Boom$51,067-53%334-156$153$42,352,2508Sony / Columbia
10The Perks of Being A Wallflower$50,819-46%189-53$269$16,641,06011Lionsgate / Summit
11Hotel Transylvania$39,260-41%248-216$158$143,690,12310Sony / Columbia
12The Man With the Iron Fists$28,625-34%174-31$165$15,386,5205Universal
13Seven Psychopaths$28,065-36%16280$173$14,778,0578CBS Films
14ParaNorman$20,097-28%104-30$193$55,872,82516Focus
15Ice Age: Continental Drift$15,315-41%102-7$150$160,884,06921Fox
16Fun Size$14,660-34%116-28$126$9,362,6416Paramount
17Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$14,280-38%124-66$115$17,466,1496Open Road
18Alex Cross$13,351-45%114-30$117$25,485,2257Lionsgate / Summit
19House at the End of the Street$10,885-49%108-30$101$31,551,78811Relativity Media
20Trouble with the Curve$7,089-54%100-40$71$35,721,05911Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hitchcock$120,155-34%5033$2,403$787,5742Fox Searchlight
2A Late Quartet$29,395-25%74-14$397$877,5255Entertainment One / RKO
3Hecho en Mexico$24,564-12%12--$2,047$76,1231Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$17,092-51%161$1,068$176,8492Warner Bros.
5To the Arctic 3D$12,137-42%520$233$10,051,32133Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Chasing Mavericks$11,853-35%7919$150$5,832,0896Fox
7The Dark Knight Rises$9,967-47%80-28$125$448,093,79620Warner Bros.
8Sinister$9,640-48%88-39$110$47,769,8838Lionsgate / Summit
9Born to Be Wild 3D$9,476-50%300$316$21,432,24487Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$7,202-35%52-7$139$48,963,55918Fox
11Arbitrage$7,162-4%35-13$205$7,851,04412Roadside Attractions
12End of Watch$6,665-33%24-10$278$39,226,46311Open Road
13Paranormal Activity 4$5,870-50%70-38$84$53,717,9097Paramount
14The Master$4,694-38%23-2$204$15,873,23312Weinstein Company
15The Intouchables$3,185-4%19-7$168$13,043,10528Weinstein Company
16Silent Night$2,518-35%11--$229$9,7801Anchor Bay Films
17This Must Be the Place$2,250-16%7-1$321$128,3985Weinstein Company