'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

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, May. 28 - Sun, May. 30

Wide (1000+)

1Shrek Forever After$43,311,063-39%4,3678$9,918$133,061,4142Paramount / DreamWorks
2Sex and the City 2$31,002,000--3,445--$8,999$45,210,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
3Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$30,095,259--3,646--$8,254$30,095,2591Disney
4Iron Man 2$16,458,990-38%3,804-373$4,327$275,035,9004Paramount
5Robin Hood$10,406,000-45%3,373-132$3,085$83,126,0003Universal
6Letters to Juliet$5,833,772-35%2,825-150$2,065$36,537,1903Summit
7Just Wright$2,156,578-50%1,195-636$1,805$18,154,0963Fox Searchlight
8Date Night$1,817,755-38%1,126-743$1,614$93,515,4638Fox
9MacGruber$1,566,000-61%2,546-5$615$7,216,0002Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

1How to Train Your Dragon$1,150,834-39%825-926$1,395$212,755,05310Paramount / DreamWorks
2A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$923,000-60%891-1234$1,036$61,702,0005Warner Bros. / New Line
3Alice in Wonderland (2010)$586,93921%341-70$1,721$333,017,13913Disney
5The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$457,6842%15514$2,953$3,332,7887Sony Pictures Classics
6City Island$411,875-3%201-33$2,049$4,741,15011Anchor Bay
7The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$377,52410%164-14$2,302$6,814,03811Music Box
8The Back-up Plan$291,182-69%391-688$745$36,526,4956CBS Films
9The Bounty Hunter$275,07686%287117$958$65,573,29511Sony / Columbia
10Kites$261,033-73%176-32$1,483$1,443,6622Reliance Big Cinema
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid$252,248-9%283-69$891$62,687,11611Fox
12Hot Tub Time Machine$223,000-6%36486$613$49,945,00010MGM
13Clash of the Titans (2010)$221,000-40%225-187$982$161,322,0009Warner Bros.
14Death at a Funeral (2010)$218,976-59%247-314$887$41,874,0447Sony / Screen Gems
15The Last Song$209,029-5%214-143$977$61,932,8729Disney
16Furry Vengeance$179,748-66%247-1122$728$16,464,3035Summit
17Shutter Island$169,369-30%201-55$843$127,811,97415Paramount
20Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$112,44865%17744$635$59,944,3699Lionsgate
21Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$60,971-32%108-58$565$88,520,12116Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Hubble 3D$326,00012%480$6,792$7,007,00011Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Please Give$200,438-15%50-3$4,009$1,339,8925Sony Pictures Classics
3Exit Through the Gift Shop$175,054-14%463$3,806$1,884,2317Producers Distribution Agency
4Harry Brown$130,920-22%54-6$2,424$1,028,8185Samuel Goldwyn
6The Losers$103,000-19%83-102$1,241$23,231,0006Warner Bros.
7Princess Kaiulani$88,878-40%38-9$2,339$593,4673Roadside Attractions
8Solitary Man$84,279-11%62$14,047$216,8352Anchor Bay
9The Ghost Writer$73,011-6%58-28$1,259$15,311,66915Summit
10Holy Rollers$55,44240%2017$2,772$109,57218First Independent Pictures
11Mother and Child$55,189-33%33-4$1,672$319,5084Sony Pictures Classics
12Under the Sea 3D$47,00012%180$2,611$22,212,00068Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Survival of the Dead$43,757--20--$2,188$43,7571Magnolia / Magnet
14Micmacs$42,751--4--$10,688$42,7511Sony Classics
16La Mission$33,000-46%25-10$1,320$852,0008Screen Media
17Breathless (2010 re-issue)$32,200--4--$8,050$32,2001Rialto
18The Father of My Children$31,419202%54$6,284$44,9052IFC Films
19The Tooth Fairy$30,399-43%76-39$400$59,954,88619Fox
20The Secret of Kells$25,4307%252$1,017$533,18813GKIDS
21Our Family Wedding$23,679-53%52-32$455$20,209,47712Fox Searchlight
22The City of Your Final Destination$23,00053%143$1,643$285,0007Screen Media Films
23Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$21,31521%12-2$1,776$450,24811Zeitgeist
24Casino Jack and the United States of Money$20,888-21%212$995$129,6024Magnolia
25Mademoiselle Chambon$16,770--2--$8,385$16,7701Lorber
26The Square (2010)$16,73023%153$1,115$284,1548Apparition
27The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$11,860-38%14-5$847$133,6065IFC
28The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$11,79621%10$11,796$48,9288International Film Circuit
29Madeo (Mother)$10,460164%123$872$524,65053Magnolia
30The Good, the Bad, the Weird$9,41761%135$724$99,6688IFC
31The Little Traitor$8,42335%40$2,106$326,68825Westchester Films
32Chloe$7,766-61%18-6$431$2,012,41310Sony Pictures Classics
33A Prophet (Un proph├Ęte)$7,533-27%14-4$538$2,060,77714Sony Classics
35Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$7,128-6%60$1,188$23,195,091139National Geographic
36Looking for Eric$6,903-22%82$863$31,6943IFC
37Deadfall Trail$6,295-29%50$1,259$31,5903Nocturnal Features
38180┬░ South$5,566-46%40$1,392$23,1272Magnolia
39Best Worst Movie$5,187-51%20$2,594$40,4816Area23a
40Racing Dreams$4,517-77%8-25$565$27,7932Hanover House
41John Rabe$4,288-12%41$1,072$11,9132Strand
42The Eclipse$4,201149%50$840$118,46310Magnolia
43OSS 117: Lost in Rio$4,025-69%3-4$1,342$48,78659Music Box
44Letters to God$3,700-79%14-25$264$2,837,0008Vivendi
45The Runaways$3,163-82%11-19$288$3,570,62011Apparition
46The Joneses$3,137-72%8-19$392$1,435,0847Roadside Attractions
47Crazy Heart$3,100-63%7-21$443$39,462,00024Fox Searchlight
48No One Knows About Persian Cats$3,082-42%7-5$440$69,0347IFC
49The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$3,035-49%50$607$443,05418First Run Features
50Sweetgrass$2,866-57%3-1$955$163,45036Cinema Guild
51Daddy Longlegs$2,020-40%20$1,010$20,2313Sundance Selects
52Terribly Happy$1,604-60%30$535$167,97817Oscilloscope
53After the Cup: Sons of Sakhin United$1,513-40%21$757$5,1802Variance Films
54A Town Called Panic$85881%10$858$160,53624Zeitgeist Films
55North Face (Nordwand)$735-61%1-2$735$707,78918Music Box Films
56Here and There (Tamo i Ovde)$568--4--$142$15,7963Cinema Purgatorio
57October Country$541-12%10$541$22,63616International Film Circuit
58U2 3D$390-86%10$390$10,328,890123National Geographic
59The Girl on the Train$367-84%2-4$184$201,70519Strand Releasing
60The Last Station$336-94%3-7$112$6,606,65420Sony Pictures Classics
61The White Ribbon$230-8%1-1$230$2,222,63222Sony Classics