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, Jan. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Rite$3,482,912-42%2,985--$1,167$14,789,3931Warner Bros. / New Line
2No Strings Attached$3,282,363-43%3,0224$1,086$39,502,3042Paramount
3The King's Speech$3,221,209-35%2,557877$1,260$72,179,68810Weinstein Company
4The Mechanic$3,116,268-34%2,703--$1,153$11,422,0061CBS Films
5The Green Hornet$2,998,513-43%3,524-60$851$78,485,0163Sony / Columbia
6True Grit (2010)$2,043,694-42%3,120-344$655$148,305,9006Paramount
7Black Swan$1,421,711-38%2,315-92$614$90,722,3109Fox Searchlight
8The Dilemma$1,307,400-51%2,905-38$450$40,824,1853Universal
9The Fighter$1,063,675-44%1,914-361$556$78,278,2048Paramount
10Yogi Bear$1,046,363-32%2,133-377$491$92,509,2817Warner Bros.
11Tangled$810,249-33%1,589-271$510$189,576,78510Disney
12TRON: Legacy$716,570-40%1,505-513$476$166,732,1847Disney
13Little Fockers$615,225-51%2,051-928$300$144,727,4706Universal
14Country Strong$316,894-46%1,287-154$246$18,806,2816Sony / Screen Gems
15Season of the Witch$212,539-41%1,110-1197$191$23,710,6644Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$636,246-29%916847$695$13,510,92113Fox Searchlight
2From Prada to Nada$366,634-16%256--$1,432$1,115,6381Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Blue Valentine (2010)$342,745-32%415173$826$6,063,2245Weinstein Company
4The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$266,001-37%732-403$363$101,814,7538Fox
5Gulliver's Travels (2010)$228,099-34%653-447$349$40,973,7676Fox
6The Company Men$182,041-42%211105$863$1,547,5102Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$181,134-36%465-260$390$292,223,49211Warner Bros.
8Megamind$147,674-38%300-20$492$146,961,44413Paramount / DreamWorks
9The Way Back$146,965-36%595-83$247$2,174,8882Newmarket Films
10The Social Network$117,848-44%367-18$321$96,020,43718Sony / Columbia
11The Tourist$81,380-52%428-447$190$66,559,1418Sony / Columbia
12Rabbit Hole$51,811-30%12423$418$1,534,0947Lionsgate
13Unstoppable (2010)$50,800-47%250-28$203$81,013,63912Fox
14Burlesque$42,460-33%238-58$178$39,290,14310Sony / Screen Gems
15Faster (2010)$19,884-34%1148$174$23,171,65010CBS Films
16The Heart Specialist$19,214-58%119-174$161$1,062,2483Freestyle
17Red (2010)$18,011-51%119-34$151$90,356,85716Summit
18Love and Other Drugs$17,322-41%117-29$148$32,270,29510Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Biutiful$152,063-17%5955$2,577$619,5165Roadside Attractions
2Hubble 3D$39,583-17%43-6$921$21,043,75846Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Somewhere (2010)$33,684-32%60-23$561$1,499,0826Focus
4Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$28,421-39%75-3$379$521,5822UTV Communications
5I Love You Phillip Morris$13,091-30%49-26$267$1,882,1709Roadside Attractions
6Winter's Bone$9,840-35%2721$364$6,308,48534Roadside Attractions
7Fair Game (2010)$3,750-45%40-32$94$9,410,99113Summit
8The Warrior's Way$1,551-16%28-1$55$5,664,2519Relativity Media
9Summer Wars$1,429-46%3-3$476$72,3016GKIDS
10No One Killed Jessica$1,231-44%8-20$154$439,8014UTV Communications