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 Fri, Dec. 17 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1TRON: Legacy$17,509,781--3,451--$5,074$17,509,7811Disney
2Yogi Bear$4,602,095--3,515--$1,309$4,602,0951Warner Bros.
3The Fighter$3,941,21112297%2,5032499$1,575$4,375,1462Paramount
4The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$3,555,851127%3,5550$1,000$33,919,4262Fox
5How Do You Know$2,572,546--2,483--$1,036$2,572,5461Sony / Columbia
6The Tourist$2,553,324101%2,7560$926$24,644,5572Sony / Columbia
7Tangled$2,182,299117%3,201-364$682$121,325,2314Disney
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,320,55570%2,860-717$462$262,021,8125Warner Bros.
9Unstoppable (2010)$555,60964%1,874-1093$296$76,098,2176Fox
10Burlesque$416,1266%1,510-1366$276$34,528,0364Sony / Screen Gems
11Due Date$379,32430%1,157-833$328$96,444,2467Warner Bros.
12Love and Other Drugs$338,821-6%1,093-1147$310$29,428,0844Fox
13Megamind$150,348-20%1,025-1400$147$141,101,3107Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$2,516,655466%959869$2,624$9,924,9293Fox Searchlight
2127 Hours$149,20017%307-109$486$8,914,7277Fox Searchlight
3Faster (2010)$125,453-30%660-1446$190$22,192,0014CBS Films
4Red (2010)$96,56289%439-125$220$88,189,98310Summit
5The Social Network$68,43643%2281$300$91,627,33712Sony / Columbia
6Fair Game (2010)$53,553-1%268-168$200$8,483,9687Summit
7The Next Three Days$52,883-54%361-1065$146$20,815,9335Lionsgate
8Despicable Me$40,775113%233-25$175$250,363,09024Universal
9Morning Glory (2010)$33,703-46%263-741$128$30,485,0416Paramount
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$24,79373%210-78$118$55,112,29513Warner Bros.
11The Warrior's Way$24,398-78%217-1405$112$5,444,2153Relativity Media
12Paranormal Activity 2$22,064352%17449$127$84,376,5049Paramount
13Easy A$21,102--161-42$131$58,349,09814Sony / Screen Gems
14Hereafter$20,336446%232145$88$32,526,09910Warner Bros.
15The Town$16,148-13%144-111$112$92,033,41414Warner Bros.
16Skyline$14,145-8%123-154$115$21,329,6056Universal / Rogue

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$272,607224%4324$6,340$2,112,4354Weinstein Company
2I Love You Phillip Morris$36,386107%4914$743$410,8973Roadside Attractions
3Hubble 3D$26,1983%56-1$468$19,276,75540Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$22,73928%150$1,516$405,3367Warner Bros.
5Rabbit Hole$15,308--5--$3,062$15,3081Lionsgate
6Life As We Know It$11,97056%75-45$160$52,247,44411Warner Bros.
7For Colored Girls$9,828-29%79-164$124$37,598,5517Lionsgate
8Under the Sea 3D$8,65435%110$787$25,064,82297Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Inception$8,56433%62-46$138$292,494,10823Warner Bros.
10Jackass 3D$4,879-18%50-58$98$116,862,61510Paramount
11Stone$4,081267%6445$64$1,786,16811Relativity / Overture
12Waiting for 'Superman'$1,781-81%33-22$54$6,403,95513Paramount Vantage
13Winter's Bone$98891%41$247$6,234,81728Roadside Attractions
14Hemingway's Garden of Eden$323-81%5-9$65$19,8712Roadside Attractions
15Cool It$39-59%2-8$20$62,4596Roadside Attractions