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 Thu, Jan. 27 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Strings Attached$1,608,87814%3,018--$533$26,092,0751Paramount
2The King's Speech$1,088,8027%1,680137$648$61,114,9079Weinstein Company
3The Green Hornet$1,079,73619%3,5840$301$67,300,6552Sony / Columbia
4True Grit (2010)$795,59311%3,4645$230$140,787,6355Paramount
5Black Swan$638,10316%2,40779$265$85,604,0418Fox Searchlight
6The Dilemma$603,31511%2,9433$205$35,158,4552Universal
7The Fighter$450,02412%2,275-139$198$74,317,9247Paramount
8TRON: Legacy$268,18720%2,018-421$133$164,203,0876Disney
9Little Fockers$268,11013%2,979-415$90$142,153,5405Universal
10Tangled$198,47733%1,860-188$107$187,050,2249Disney
11Yogi Bear$186,40431%2,510-192$74$89,341,8416Warner Bros.
12Season of the Witch$181,5397%2,307-520$79$22,932,4813Relativity Media
13Country Strong$176,1517%1,44117$122$17,531,8275Sony / Screen Gems
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$84,70428%1,135-569$75$100,929,8367Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$61,26732%1,100-566$56$40,247,1145Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$110,62710%24212$457$4,877,1004Weinstein Company
2The Way Back$102,2676%678--$151$1,651,2881Newmarket Films
3The Tourist$77,4849%875-545$89$66,197,6697Sony / Columbia
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$77,25924%725-216$107$291,622,56310Warner Bros.
5The Company Men$47,1808%106--$445$882,1081Weinstein Company
6The Social Network$46,9637%38563$122$95,575,90417Sony / Columbia
7Megamind$33,38017%320-21$104$146,468,30912Paramount / DreamWorks
8Rabbit Hole$27,01312%1011$267$1,362,0086Lionsgate
9Due Date$22,7122%275-66$83$100,539,04312Warner Bros.
10Unstoppable (2010)$19,9926%278-25$72$80,808,38311Fox
11The Heart Specialist$13,60513%293-129$46$975,6092Freestyle
12Love and Other Drugs$12,24010%146-20$84$32,202,5969Fox
13Red (2010)$10,92424%153-53$71$90,278,34415Summit
14Faster (2010)$5,232-8%10629$49$23,104,3029CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$26,12816%0-48--$20,925,44845Warner Bros. / IMAX
2127 Hours$23,81813%69-7$345$11,374,12012Fox Searchlight
3Somewhere (2010)$21,23218%8330$256$1,387,6285Focus
4Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$12,0170%78--$154$419,7291UTV Communications
5I Love You Phillip Morris$9,372-5%75-20$125$1,837,5518Roadside Attractions
6Fair Game (2010)$6,45061%72-7$90$9,395,92512Summit
7Life As We Know It$4,69327%86-46$55$53,374,68116Warner Bros.
8Winter's Bone$2,560-1%82$320$6,278,29533Roadside Attractions
9Biutiful$2,48397%4--$621$97,9094Roadside Attractions
10No One Killed Jessica$1,8129%28-17$65$435,3233UTV Communications
11Summer Wars$1,22174%6-3$204$66,2825GKIDS
12The Warrior's Way$754-11%29-48$26$5,659,9058Relativity Media