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, Mar. 13 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Battle: Los Angeles$8,804,353-34%3,417--$2,577$35,573,1871Sony / Columbia
2Rango$7,033,418-31%3,9236$1,793$68,206,1012Paramount
3Red Riding Hood$3,287,691-43%3,030--$1,085$14,005,3351Warner Bros.
4The Adjustment Bureau$2,945,230-44%2,8477$1,035$38,589,5952Universal
5Mars Needs Moms$2,075,893-33%3,117--$666$6,914,4881Disney
6Hall Pass$1,322,028-39%2,555-395$517$34,842,2893Warner Bros. / New Line
7Beastly$1,182,712-45%1,9597$604$16,911,6332CBS Films
8Gnomeo and Juliet$1,127,396-32%2,585-399$436$89,102,3655Disney
9Just Go With It$969,674-47%2,398-522$404$94,000,8475Sony / Columbia
10The King's Speech$931,360-45%1,768-472$527$129,010,23516Weinstein Company
11Unknown (2011)$853,201-45%2,303-610$370$58,410,8454Warner Bros.
12I Am Number Four$602,834-40%2,005-898$301$50,455,7234Disney / DreamWorks
13Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$401,209-35%1,247-1007$322$70,955,6415Paramount
14Take Me Home Tonight$350,811-32%2,0030$175$5,891,0922Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$337,874-48%931-711$363$35,162,9584Fox
2Cedar Rapids$251,653-40%394159$639$4,597,3325Fox Searchlight
3The Fighter$147,692-46%463-112$319$92,931,28814Paramount
4Yogi Bear$142,055-37%404138$352$98,677,80413Warner Bros.
5Black Swan$114,219-44%337-344$339$105,928,21715Fox Searchlight
6True Grit (2010)$101,938-52%401-324$254$169,381,40512Paramount
7The Green Hornet$96,396-43%30940$312$97,485,2299Sony / Columbia
8Drive Angry$86,218-34%551-1739$156$10,308,0513Summit
9Biutiful$54,232-35%114-32$476$4,520,31211Roadside Attractions
10No Strings Attached$46,450-45%254-171$183$70,002,4108Paramount
11The Roommate$35,817-52%213-393$168$37,153,1536Sony / Screen Gems
12Little Fockers$30,890-42%177-44$175$148,383,78012Universal
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$29,494-30%122-86$242$294,713,60817Warner Bros.
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$23,230-35%123-62$189$104,121,13914Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$58,912-21%4--$14,728$182,8851Focus
2Kill the Irishman$40,059-36%5--$8,012$145,4301Anchor Bay Films
3Hubble 3D$37,684-25%490$769$22,518,07452Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Blue Valentine (2010)$16,789-38%60-36$280$9,514,42811Weinstein Company
5happythankyoumoreplease$16,252-24%1917$855$94,6072Anchor Bay Films
6The Rite$14,974-32%85-116$176$32,722,5297Warner Bros. / New Line
7Gulliver's Travels (2010)$14,541-27%99-57$147$42,645,67612Fox
8127 Hours$14,278-33%79-56$181$18,236,58619Fox Searchlight
9The Eagle$13,181-37%99-228$133$19,292,9825Focus
10The Company Men$13,080-50%63-49$208$4,155,4898Weinstein Company
11Season of the Witch$8,086-27%54-55$150$24,794,24910Relativity Media
12Rabbit Hole$8,079-30%38-17$213$2,159,55813Lionsgate
13The Mechanic$6,900-24%42-67$164$28,931,2547CBS Films
14From Prada to Nada$4,108-12%33-2$124$2,957,7817Lionsgate / Pantelion
15I Love You Phillip Morris$3,216-2%12-1$268$1,978,81715Roadside Attractions
16Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$2,672-5%3-1$891$71,8795Phase 4 Films
17Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie$1,93638%1--$1,936$28,77315Argot Pictures
18Diary of a Country Priest (2011 re-issue)$1,692-13%10$1,692$33,2053Rialto
19Winter's Bone$1,230-40%9-4$137$6,527,44840Roadside Attractions