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, Aug. 1 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$8,579,308-20%3,545-247$2,420$193,313,7413Warner Bros.
2Dinner for Schmucks$6,789,558-19%2,911--$2,332$23,527,8391Paramount / DreamWorks
3Salt$5,909,380-23%3,6120$1,636$71,033,7112Sony / Columbia
4Despicable Me$4,735,985-22%3,6022$1,315$190,330,4254Universal
5Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$3,436,964-26%3,705--$928$12,279,3631Warner Bros.
6Charlie St. Cloud$2,922,025-24%2,718--$1,075$12,381,5851Universal
7Toy Story 3$1,666,306-17%2,105-661$792$389,761,4917Disney
8The Sorcerer's Apprentice$1,379,884-23%2,524-980$547$52,026,5283Disney
9Grown Ups$1,306,923-29%2,269-590$576$150,761,3856Sony / Columbia
10The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$1,196,774-22%2,334-787$513$288,199,9075Summit
11Ramona and Beezus$1,070,980-22%2,7190$394$16,375,6812Fox
12The Last Airbender$591,660-17%1,238-889$478$127,293,4475Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$1,083,344-26%847646$1,279$9,636,5084Focus
2Predators$329,357-26%873-973$377$49,491,2494Fox
3The Karate Kid (2010)$208,292-7%461-319$452$172,932,0648Sony / Columbia
4Knight and Day$176,051-41%831-434$212$74,185,6436Fox
5Shrek Forever After$174,513-23%330128$529$235,646,95211Paramount / DreamWorks
6Winter's Bone$93,861-29%1399$675$4,017,1628Roadside Attractions
7Iron Man 2$87,444-29%286-44$306$311,417,00713Paramount
8The A-Team$77,733-25%282-14$276$76,164,0928Fox
9Cyrus$68,824-25%216-238$319$6,904,9977Fox Searchlight
10Get Him to the Greek$57,35032%155-66$370$60,758,8659Universal
11Marmaduke$47,046-25%230-24$205$32,915,8819Fox
12Killers$45,466-25%219-14$208$46,653,5399Lionsgate
13Letters to Juliet$30,974-33%173-61$179$52,751,74112Summit
14Robin Hood$28,750-12%115-56$250$105,219,73512Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$90,619-16%530$1,710$12,143,33420Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$23,711-19%130$1,824$23,311,24977Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Solitary Man$18,831-21%63-42$299$4,133,99111Anchor Bay
4Date Night$16,252-35%76-32$214$98,537,86217Fox
5Jonah Hex$13,003-1%83-93$157$10,491,5347Warner Bros.
6Splice$12,113447%14-25$865$17,007,9009Warner Bros
7Sex and the City 2$9,169-15%42-27$218$95,136,74010Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Concert$8,371-1%2--$4,186$21,7422Weinstein Company
9Grease Sing-a-Long$7,504-51%3316$227$296,6304Paramount
10Avatar$4,121-15%2-1$2,061$749,748,30333Fox
11City Island$2,658-3%15-25$177$6,645,90820Anchor Bay
12The Dry Land$2,130-39%5--$426$7,3511Freestyle
13I Hate Luv Storys$808100%5--$162$847,9935UTV
14Udaan$464-49%3--$155$7,4613UTV Communications
15Princess Kaiulani$176-54%20$88$859,42612Roadside Attractions