'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, Dec. 3 - Sun, Dec. 5

Wide (1000+)

2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$17,018,475-65%4,1250$4,126$244,519,1163Warner Bros.
3Burlesque$6,130,061-49%3,0370$2,018$26,986,6562Sony / Screen Gems
4Unstoppable (2010)$5,970,194-48%3,152-31$1,894$68,762,8644Fox
5Love and Other Drugs$5,652,810-42%2,4583$2,300$22,574,8872Fox
6Megamind$4,936,851-61%3,173-238$1,556$136,611,1615Paramount / DreamWorks
7Due Date$4,133,286-42%2,450-105$1,687$90,882,1385Warner Bros.
8Faster (2010)$3,934,600-54%2,47016$1,593$18,217,7302CBS Films
9The Warrior's Way$3,048,665--1,622--$1,880$3,048,6651Relativity Media
10The Next Three Days$2,570,908-45%2,236-328$1,150$18,301,9173Lionsgate
11Morning Glory (2010)$1,681,759-57%2,263-178$743$29,011,4824Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

1127 Hours$1,619,138-5%433140$3,739$6,611,7625Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$970,358-38%43640$2,226$7,306,4425Summit
3Red (2010)$750,940-45%779-135$964$87,170,9128Summit
4For Colored Girls$444,403-67%485-120$916$37,252,0235Lionsgate
5Skyline$436,355-62%578-611$755$20,955,3954Universal / Rogue
6The Social Network$404,456-43%260-31$1,556$90,970,12310Sony / Columbia
8The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$243,159-38%1768$1,382$4,408,9536Music Box
9Despicable Me$216,975-40%28014$775$250,004,04022Universal
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$214,304199%322192$666$54,811,20711Warner Bros.
11The Town$202,909-36%3180$638$91,735,51312Warner Bros.
12Inside Job$195,394-36%127-5$1,539$2,927,8999Sony Pictures Classics
13Easy A$138,473-31%229-22$605$58,128,34512Sony / Screen Gems
14Jackass 3D$110,580-39%180-3$614$116,733,0288Paramount
15Life As We Know It$102,958-33%208-41$495$52,122,4009Warner Bros.
16Paranormal Activity 2$101,029-54%200-79$505$84,257,4887Paramount
17You Again$71,656-40%170-9$422$25,602,18111Disney
18Conviction$67,695-8%10721$633$6,663,8278Fox Searchlight
19Inception$67,426-44%117-27$576$292,383,90021Warner Bros.
20The Nutcracker in 3D$60,771-8%11570$528$159,5152Freestyle Releasing
21Hereafter$49,924-37%114-88$438$32,438,0418Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1Black Swan$1,443,809--18--$80,212$1,443,8091Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$324,515-9%62$54,086$807,9732Weinstein Company
3I Love You Phillip Morris$112,712--6--$18,785$112,7121Roadside Attractions
4Hubble 3D$110,927-44%53-4$2,093$18,945,31838Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$80,505--15--$5,367$179,4585Warner Bros.
7Today's Special$50,293-42%262$1,934$276,1123Alerion
8Waiting for 'Superman'$40,497-33%8516$476$6,321,43211Paramount Vantage
9Made in Dagenham$37,275-40%110$3,389$181,2323Sony Pictures Classics
10All Good Things$37,172--2--$18,586$37,1721Magnolia Pictures
11Tamara Drewe$37,06219%4723$789$422,3999Sony Pictures Classics
12White Material$35,028-42%143$2,502$165,2343IFC
13Tiny Furniture$31,216-11%1510$2,081$139,6544IFC
14You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$27,084-44%16-17$1,693$3,153,33811Sony Pictures Classics
15The Salvation Poem$26,248884%20$13,124$471,3858CanZion Films
16Under the Sea 3D$25,734-52%130$1,980$24,989,64195Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$21,902-52%59-31$371$52,437,86211Fox
18Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$17,476-23%110$1,589$246,3048Zeitgeist Films
19Mao's Last Dancer$17,421-44%231$757$4,806,75016Samuel Goldwyn
20Nowhere Boy$15,7045%23-17$683$1,445,3669Weinstein Company
22Night Catches Us$13,562--4--$3,391$13,5621Magnolia
24Four Lions$13,105-29%92$1,456$183,3905Drafthouse Films
25Kings of Pastry$12,929-33%7-1$1,847$211,66012First Run
26Stone$12,664-24%22-1$576$1,761,4379Relativity / Overture
27Space Station 3D$12,204--3--$4,068$82,426,232451IMAX
28Welcome to the Riley's$12,191-15%113$1,108$152,8576Samuel Goldwyn
29Wild Target$11,87652%137$914$91,7346Freestyle
30Waste Land$9,4212%5-1$1,884$89,3436Arthouse Films
31Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$9,281--1--$9,281$9,2811Oscilloscope
32Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$8,849-42%8-4$1,106$141,6445Magnolia
33Marwencol$8,501154%52$1,700$48,8889Cinema Guild
34Breathless (2010 re-issue)$8,470108%32$2,823$357,04428Rialto
35Enter the Void$8,4167%137$647$311,57411IFC Films
36Bhutto$8,275--2--$4,138$8,2751First Run Features
37Monsters (2010)$7,788-42%153$519$220,8796Magnolia
38Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$6,825-24%30$2,275$23,453,266166National Geographic
39What If...$6,297805%76$900$764,51816Five & Two Pictures
40Undertow (2009)$6,183-55%31$2,061$45,87512Wolfe Releasing
41The Tillman Story$5,675105%141$405$799,99516Weinstein Company
42Last Train Home$5,390-45%4-1$1,348$272,55614Zeitgeist Films
43The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$4,857-61%5-3$971$671,25518National Geographic
44Budrus$4,35094%10$4,350$53,5639Balcony Releasing
45Get Low$3,746-50%11-1$341$9,097,78719Sony Pictures Classics
46Mesrine: Killer Instinct$3,730--3--$1,243$529,42015Music Box
47Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$3,712--2--$1,856$12,0075Variance Films
49Let Me In$2,735-59%11-20$249$12,134,42010Relativity / Overture
50Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$2,7058%31$902$154,40613Lorber
52Winter's Bone$2,137231%20$1,069$6,228,91026Roadside Attractions
53Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$1,990--2--$995$45,4126Variance Films
54William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$1,932-63%20$966$25,9693Oscilloscope
55Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,88368%21$942$72,24224Kino International
56Jack Goes Boating$1,822-63%90$202$533,29012Relativity / Overture
57Cool It$1,49363%1514$100$59,9014Roadside Attractions
58The Little Traitor$1,463--1--$1,463$379,06452Westchester Films
59Inspector Bellamy$1,454-82%2-2$727$93,6516IFC Films
60Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$1,344--2--$672$258,91014Music Box
61My Dog Tulip$1,277-82%1-1$1,277$135,29714New Yorker Films
62To the Sea$1,202--1--$1,202$53,47621Film Movement
63The Legend of Pale Male$1,083-92%10$1,083$19,8032Balcony
64The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$1,01233%41$253$10,090,23938Music Box
65Mademoiselle Chambon$855-47%3-1$285$525,14628Lorber
66The Girl Who Played With Fire$844-46%4-2$211$7,632,66522Music Box
67Restrepo$836--2--$418$1,330,89424National Geographic
68Hideaway (2009)$694-37%30$231$34,16513Strand
69Animal Kingdom$670-81%3-2$223$1,011,09717Sony Pictures Classics
70The Trouble with Terkel$500-37%10$500$29,63537Indican
71A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$391-32%2-1$196$187,91814Sony Pictures Classics
72Lebanon$26015%10$260$366,23760Sony Pictures Classics
73The Kids Grow Up$105--1--$105$10,6176Shadow Distribution