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, Jun. 8 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$2,947,30521%4,38619$672$188,602,6433Paramount / DreamWorks
2Get Him to the Greek$2,199,005-12%2,697--$815$22,263,9551Universal
3Killers$1,709,2218%2,859--$598$19,131,0001Lionsgate
4Sex and the City 2$1,644,00015%3,4450$477$76,200,0002Warner Bros. / New Line
5Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$1,614,4835%3,6460$443$62,766,9792Disney
6Marmaduke$1,270,09728%3,213--$395$13,861,5491Fox
7Iron Man 2$827,4613%3,007-797$275$293,059,5605Paramount
8Splice$761,000-3%2,450--$311$8,935,0001Warner Bros
9Robin Hood$597,7705%2,599-774$230$95,665,5604Universal
10Letters to Juliet$450,61524%1,962-863$230$44,151,6964Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Date Night$80,6987%658-468$123$95,490,7819Fox
2Just Wright$69,885-9%518-677$135$20,340,7004Fox Searchlight
3How to Train Your Dragon$56,13627%343-482$164$213,983,55311Paramount / DreamWorks
4Raajneeti$56,00037%111--$505$934,0001UTV Communications
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid$39,74452%244-39$163$63,132,90612Fox
6Babies$37,00014%181-120$204$6,599,0005Focus
7City Island$31,73935%177-24$179$5,327,64512Anchor Bay
8A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$23,000-18%294-597$78$62,463,0006Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Losers$20,00011%206123$97$23,436,0007Warner Bros.
10Hot Tub Time Machine$19,0006%203-161$94$50,251,00011MGM
11Clash of the Titans (2010)$19,00027%134-91$142$161,597,00010Warner Bros.
12MacGruber$16,815-10%177-2369$95$8,496,3953Universal / Rogue
13The Back-up Plan$12,37737%153-238$81$36,815,0967CBS Films
14Shutter Island$11,2658%152-49$74$127,990,13016Paramount
15The Ghost Writer$11,03621%14789$75$15,461,24616Summit
16Kick-Ass$10,308-7%117-46$88$47,662,9438Lionsgate
17Furry Vengeance$9,04123%125-122$72$16,629,1656Summit
18Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$5,9882%105-72$57$60,084,44310Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$73,00011%47-1$1,553$7,700,00012Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Solitary Man$18,55944%2216$844$471,3573Anchor Bay
3Under the Sea 3D$17,00042%17-1$1,000$22,338,00069Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Avatar$11,4881%46-38$250$749,224,99025Fox
5Princess Kaiulani$7,4859%25-13$299$722,5954Roadside Attractions
6Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$6,67824%81-27$82$88,677,17017Fox
7The Tooth Fairy$3,96631%46-30$86$60,002,00820Fox
8The Secret of Kells$3,48328%24-1$145$576,68414GKIDS
9The Square (2010)$1,271-12%172$75$309,6909Apparition
10Letters to God$35483%9-5$39$2,843,4379Vivendi
11The Joneses$61-57%7-1$9$1,438,7958Roadside Attractions