'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

Weekly domestic gross

YearWeekTop 10 GrossChg. LY%Total GrossChg. LY% Top movie of the week
200016 (Apr 21 - Apr 27)$91,895,204270%$124,791,000--U-571
201316 (Apr 19 - Apr 25)$122,641,148-20%$141,552,000-19%Oblivion (2013)
200116 (Apr 20 - Apr 26)$23,422,438-75%$103,278,000-17%Kingdom Come
200716 (Apr 20 - Apr 26)$86,479,125-25%$112,699,000-16%Disturbia
200516 (Apr 22 - Apr 28)$99,093,5830%$119,038,000-11%The Interpreter
200416 (Apr 16 - Apr 22)$99,358,502-14%$133,332,000-11%Kill Bill Vol. 2
201216 (Apr 20 - Apr 26)$152,561,9482%$175,557,000-3%Think Like a Man
200816 (Apr 18 - Apr 24)$102,929,03719%$122,218,0008%The Forbidden Kingdom
201016 (Apr 16 - Apr 22)$136,625,62411%$155,228,0009%Kick-Ass
200316 (Apr 18 - Apr 24)$115,677,6426%$149,340,00011%Anger Management
200616 (Apr 21 - Apr 27)$115,422,02216%$134,603,00013%Silent Hill
201116 (Apr 22 - Apr 28)$149,439,4759%$180,413,00016%Rio (2011)
200916 (Apr 17 - Apr 23)$123,235,38320%$142,395,00017%17 Again
200216 (Apr 19 - Apr 25)$109,319,055367%$134,051,00030%The Scorpion King
201416 (Apr 18 - Apr 24)$4,423-100%$0Godzilla: The Japanese Original