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, May. 9 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 2$31,106,633-32%4,380--$7,102$128,122,4801Paramount
2How to Train Your Dragon$2,292,019-20%4,380954$523$201,013,8677Paramount / DreamWorks
3A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$2,032,000-46%3,3320$610$48,480,0002Warner Bros. / New Line
4Furry Vengeance$1,916,15513%3,0025$638$12,100,0642Summit
5The Back-up Plan$1,671,104-14%3,003-277$556$30,103,9403CBS Films
6Date Night$1,542,868-33%2,734-359$564$81,002,7255Fox
7Death at a Funeral (2010)$843,645-5%1,706-565$495$38,531,9244Sony / Screen Gems
8Clash of the Titans (2010)$795,000-22%2,157-580$369$158,006,0006Warner Bros.
9Oceans$642,31117%1,23222$521$16,131,5843Disneynature
10The Losers$492,000-35%2,450-486$201$21,497,0003Warner Bros.
11Kick-Ass$417,998-32%1,759-783$238$45,281,1054Lionsgate
12The Last Song$345,739-28%1,303-973$265$60,341,0336Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Babies$1,086,07257%534--$2,034$2,161,4601Focus
2Alice in Wonderland (2010)$269,513-5%582-468$463$330,857,94910Disney
3City Island$188,944-32%247-22$765$2,943,7978Anchor Bay
4Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$167,935-4%404-323$416$59,391,5046Lionsgate
5Hot Tub Time Machine$151,000-32%802-310$188$48,598,0007MGM
6Avatar$138,844-24%328-59$423$747,946,41521Fox
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid$136,091-34%625-541$218$61,502,2218Fox
8The Bounty Hunter$109,767-34%462-429$238$64,696,0848Sony / Columbia
9The Ghost Writer$74,271-32%231-105$322$14,880,45112Summit
10Shutter Island$47,587-57%189-61$252$126,876,23812Paramount
11Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$44,259-24%221-44$200$88,186,89713Fox
12She's Out of My League$42,426-62%26118$163$31,284,0809Paramount
13The Tooth Fairy$39,880-23%160-26$249$59,713,57616Fox
14Our Family Wedding$30,8516%11921$259$19,996,6809Fox Searchlight
15Letters to God$23,0005%112-87$205$2,747,0005Vivendi
16Greenberg$22,584-43%114-29$198$4,063,3978Focus
17The Crazies$18,000-31%149-48$121$39,018,00011Overture
18Brooklyn's Finest$9,900-24%113-33$88$27,122,00010Overture

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$87,000-12%48-1$1,813$5,112,0008Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Joneses$16,270-29%68-55$239$1,346,1144Roadside Attractions
3Cop Out$11,000-35%91-50$121$44,830,00011Warner Bros.
4The Runaways$10,322-29%65-57$159$3,487,6908Apparition
5Crazy Heart$10,252-37%75-43$137$39,397,06521Fox Searchlight
6Under the Sea 3D$10,000-41%14-2$714$21,877,00065Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Book of Eli$8,100-19%61-16$133$94,823,00017Warner Bros.
8The Secret of Kells$7,81723%22-14$355$429,74210GKIDS
9The Square (2010)$7,130-36%17-7$419$217,6565Apparition
10Remember Me$5,788-40%76-42$76$19,057,0249Summit
11The Blind Side$2,700-39%25-21$108$255,945,00025Warner Bros.
12That Evening Sun$764-46%40$191$277,52927Freestyle