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 Sat, Jun. 5 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$10,794,15366%4,38619$2,461$175,029,6903Paramount / DreamWorks
2Get Him to the Greek$6,446,0003%2,697--$2,390$12,703,0001Universal
3Killers$6,230,48910%2,859--$2,179$11,905,0421Lionsgate
4Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$5,791,89340%3,6460$1,589$55,538,1862Disney
5Sex and the City 2$4,712,0008%3,4450$1,368$69,845,5342Warner Bros. / New Line
6Marmaduke$4,694,50136%3,213--$1,461$8,153,1641Fox
7Iron Man 2$3,482,01459%3,007-797$1,158$289,182,3755Paramount
8Splice$2,793,0003%2,450--$1,140$5,495,0001Warner Bros
9Robin Hood$2,352,00060%2,599-774$905$92,950,0004Universal
10Letters to Juliet$1,266,66133%1,962-863$646$42,517,7264Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Just Wright$360,87361%518-677$697$20,010,9334Fox Searchlight
2Date Night$352,81339%658-468$536$95,165,5309Fox
3Raajneeti$351,00039%111--$3,162$604,0001UTV Communications
4How to Train Your Dragon$205,87652%343-482$600$213,735,83311Paramount / DreamWorks
5City Island$155,568137%177-24$879$5,184,82212Anchor Bay
6Babies$100,78354%181-120$557$6,442,2845Focus
7A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$91,00030%294-597$310$62,361,0006Warner Bros. / New Line
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$87,27840%244-39$358$63,008,31912Fox
9The Bounty Hunter$83,84737%249-38$337$65,901,81812Sony / Columbia
10Clash of the Titans (2010)$54,00050%134-91$403$161,530,00010Warner Bros.
11The Losers$53,00033%206123$257$23,361,0007Warner Bros.
12Hot Tub Time Machine$49,00036%203-161$241$50,178,00011MGM
13The Back-up Plan$42,86948%153-238$280$36,769,9707CBS Films
14The Ghost Writer$41,02677%14789$279$15,414,97316Summit
15MacGruber$40,00033%177-2369$226$8,432,0003Universal / Rogue
16Furry Vengeance$36,69043%125-122$294$16,593,1006Summit
17Death at a Funeral (2010)$35,54261%102-145$348$42,074,4718Sony / Screen Gems
18Shutter Island$32,90047%152-49$216$127,945,91316Paramount
19Kick-Ass$29,66942%117-46$254$47,618,9888Lionsgate
20Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$21,48850%105-72$205$60,059,32310Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Solitary Man$85,303110%2216$3,877$391,4403Anchor Bay
2Hubble 3D$81,0008%47-1$1,723$7,488,00012Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Avatar$36,844104%46-38$801$749,180,32925Fox
4Kites$20,51563%58-118$354$1,587,8193Reliance Big Cinema
5Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$17,80851%81-27$220$88,653,67217Fox
6Princess Kaiulani$16,15932%25-13$646$692,8934Roadside Attractions
7Under the Sea 3D$11,000-21%17-1$647$22,292,00069Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Secret of Kells$7,53544%24-1$314$562,27914GKIDS
9The Tooth Fairy$6,77640%46-30$147$59,989,54020Fox
10The Square (2010)$5,83786%172$343$302,8309Apparition
11Letters to God$73219%9--$81$2,842,3329Vivendi
12The Joneses$6531%7-1$93$1,438,1268Roadside Attractions