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, Sep. 19 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Town$6,036,163-36%2,861--$2,110$23,808,0321Warner Bros.
2Easy A$3,816,571-46%2,856--$1,336$17,734,0401Sony / Screen Gems
3Resident Evil: Afterlife$2,739,568-36%3,2096$854$43,893,9582Sony / Screen Gems
4Alpha and Omega$2,687,476-35%2,625--$1,024$9,106,9061Lionsgate
5Devil$2,598,325-47%2,809--$925$12,289,3751Universal
6Takers$695,968-51%2,139-52$325$52,372,3494Sony / Screen Gems
7The American$632,641-48%2,457-376$257$32,772,4753Focus
8Machete$516,337-27%1,704-974$303$24,391,3543Fox
9Inception$462,656-49%1,305-278$355$285,129,85510Warner Bros.
10The Other Guys$446,226-52%1,827-419$244$115,403,4407Sony / Columbia
11Eat Pray Love$437,013-35%1,668-671$262$77,600,2356Sony / Columbia
12The Expendables$343,045-46%1,854-1204$185$101,020,5336Lionsgate
13Going the Distance (2010)$331,350-41%2,007-1023$165$16,771,3053Warner Bros. / New Line
14Nanny McPhee Returns$293,780-35%1,578-786$186$27,617,9405Universal
15The Last Exorcism$257,725-54%2,013-718$128$40,113,3704Lionsgate
16The Switch (2010)$214,597-49%1,158-437$185$26,600,1525Miramax

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$278,480-36%939-436$297$244,739,01511Universal
2Lottery Ticket$150,138-51%677-228$222$23,505,3605Warner Bros.
3Vampires Suck$130,364-53%964-706$135$35,865,4455Fox
4Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$94,080-40%383-236$246$31,075,1256Universal
5Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$84,548-32%360-65$235$43,019,6338Warner Bros.
6Grown Ups$77,169-45%304-35$254$161,094,62513Sony / Columbia
7Avatar$71,603-32%129-307$555$760,083,04140Fox
8Salt$71,249-50%335-149$213$116,974,4269Sony / Columbia
9The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$55,164-41%339-848$163$300,103,07212Summit
10Dinner for Schmucks$48,685-51%313-223$156$72,204,5398Paramount / DreamWorks
11Ramona and Beezus$47,454-39%260-15$183$25,717,9739Fox
12Flipped$46,578-41%375-67$124$1,575,0837Warner Bros.
13The Kids Are All Right$38,868-48%169-49$230$20,507,87611Focus
14The Last Airbender$36,382-32%174-46$209$131,564,73112Paramount
15Piranha 3D$34,897-48%264-561$132$24,730,7205Weinstein Company
16The Karate Kid (2010)$27,641-37%147-21$188$176,591,61815Sony / Columbia
17Winter's Bone$25,511-32%101-9$253$5,954,17315Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Catfish$76,019-19%12--$6,335$257,2851Universal / Rogue
2Hubble 3D$54,885-15%633$871$15,642,57027Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Never Let Me Go$32,904-27%4--$8,226$156,7331Fox Searchlight
4The Tillman Story$16,738-37%283$598$519,3715Weinstein Company
5Under the Sea 3D$15,104-20%161$944$24,219,10684Warner Bros. / IMAX
6We Are Family$11,387-32%78--$146$597,9723UTV Communications
7The Concert$9,77310%201$489$542,1769Weinstein Company
8Predators$9,293-37%55-31$169$51,908,58011Fox
9The Romantics$8,383-18%1412$599$81,5032Four of a Kind
10Jack Goes Boating$8,202-34%4--$2,051$28,9161Relativity / Overture
11Knight and Day$6,459-62%64-29$101$76,364,87113Fox
12Bran Nue Dae$5,627-25%171$331$51,1082Freestyle Releasing
13Cyrus$2,697-34%19-7$142$7,419,05914Fox Searchlight
14Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,320-27%1--$2,320$9,0691Collective Eye
15La Soga$2,087-21%4-3$522$206,72767-57 Releasing
16Solitary Man$734-24%7-2$105$4,353,41018Anchor Bay
17Princess Kaiulani$48433%2-1$242$883,45419Roadside Attractions
18Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo$434-55%2--$217$2,1981Cinema Purgatorio
19The Disappearance of Alice Creed$228-8%3-1$76$156,4727Anchor Bay