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 Tue, May. 18 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 2$3,565,064-4%4,39010$812$218,481,4252Paramount
2Robin Hood$3,100,155-5%3,503--$885$42,421,3301Universal
3Letters to Juliet$1,355,27719%2,968--$457$16,036,9751Summit
4Just Wright$595,3762%1,831--$325$9,462,2081Fox Searchlight
5A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$424,0001%3,075-257$138$56,910,0003Warner Bros. / New Line
6How to Train Your Dragon$397,17113%2,620-383$152$208,397,7848Paramount / DreamWorks
7Date Night$346,27710%2,481-253$140$87,183,9436Fox
8The Back-up Plan$235,11116%2,497-506$94$34,561,8354CBS Films
9Furry Vengeance$159,39235%2,695-307$59$15,366,1663Summit
10Clash of the Titans (2010)$120,0006%1,300-857$92$160,361,0007Warner Bros.
11Death at a Funeral (2010)$112,4065%1,062-644$106$40,714,9605Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Babies$126,9609%5439$234$4,124,4362Focus
2Oceans$124,86016%973-259$128$17,901,7074Disneynature
3Kick-Ass$68,990-3%609-1150$113$46,756,0515Lionsgate
4Alice in Wonderland (2010)$48,67623%403-179$121$331,622,14811Disney
5The Losers$48,0009%701-1749$68$22,853,0004Warner Bros.
6The Last Song$47,01311%802-501$59$61,329,6267Disney
7City Island$46,41438%2536$183$3,687,2099Anchor Bay
8Hot Tub Time Machine$41,0008%458-344$90$49,264,0008MGM
9Avatar$38,544-7%279-49$138$748,548,15722Fox
10Shutter Island$28,5466%310121$92$127,269,03813Paramount
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid$26,26134%468-157$56$62,024,5809Fox
12Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$15,1411%281-123$54$59,711,5747Lionsgate
13The Ghost Writer$12,23810%150-81$82$15,107,47513Summit
14She's Out of My League$10,7314%206-55$52$31,605,81810Paramount
15Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$9,2199%209-12$44$88,372,12414Fox
16Our Family Wedding$6,29723%103-16$61$20,103,65710Fox Searchlight
17The Tooth Fairy$6,18228%132-28$47$59,839,43317Fox
18The Crazies$4,9221%111-38$44$39,113,19612Overture

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$86,00018%480$1,792$5,903,0009Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Princess Kaiulani$21,914-5%33--$664$232,0951Roadside Attractions
3Under the Sea 3D$16,00023%180$889$22,021,00066Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Greenberg$6,93213%77-37$90$4,168,3599Focus
5The Joneses$3,4291%56-12$61$1,407,4915Roadside Attractions
6The Secret of Kells$3,36412%264$129$467,30711GKIDS
7The Runaways$3,104-10%49-16$63$3,535,0099Apparition
8Letters to God$3,10011%74-38$42$2,800,0006Vivendi
9Crazy Heart$2,69319%50-25$54$39,441,58522Fox Searchlight
10Brooklyn's Finest$2,49523%64-49$39$27,158,94311Overture
11Cop Out$2,1000%53-38$40$44,872,00012Warner Bros.
12The Square (2010)$1,71844%14-3$123$245,3636Apparition
13Here and There (Tamo i Ovde)$76917%1--$769$7,7791Cinema Purgatorio
14The Blind Side$25067%11-14$23$255,951,00026Warner Bros.