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 Mon, Mar. 14 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Battle: Los Angeles$3,044,610-65%3,417--$891$38,617,7971Sony / Columbia
2Rango$2,294,134-67%3,9236$585$70,500,2352Paramount
3Red Riding Hood$1,196,151-64%3,030--$395$15,201,4861Warner Bros.
4The Adjustment Bureau$1,024,920-65%2,8477$360$39,614,5152Universal
5Mars Needs Moms$740,274-64%3,117--$237$7,654,7621Disney
6Hall Pass$547,445-59%2,555-395$214$35,389,7343Warner Bros. / New Line
7Gnomeo and Juliet$503,058-55%2,585-399$195$89,605,4235Disney
8Beastly$477,696-60%1,9597$244$17,389,3292CBS Films
9Just Go With It$389,248-60%2,398-522$162$94,390,0955Sony / Columbia
10The King's Speech$339,644-64%1,768-472$192$129,349,87916Weinstein Company
11Unknown (2011)$331,379-61%2,203-710$150$58,742,2244Warner Bros.
12I Am Number Four$265,789-56%2,005-898$133$50,721,5124Disney / DreamWorks
13Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$182,702-54%1,247-1007$147$71,138,3435Paramount
14Take Me Home Tonight$178,074-49%2,0030$89$6,069,1662Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$121,992-64%931-711$131$35,284,9504Fox
2Cedar Rapids$91,633-64%394159$233$4,688,9655Fox Searchlight
3Yogi Bear$61,084-57%404138$151$98,738,88813Warner Bros.
4The Fighter$55,527-62%463-112$120$92,986,81514Paramount
5Black Swan$47,302-59%337-344$140$105,975,51915Fox Searchlight
6The Green Hornet$42,364-56%30940$137$97,527,5939Sony / Columbia
7Drive Angry$38,321-56%551-1739$70$10,346,3723Summit
8True Grit (2010)$36,729-64%401-324$92$169,418,13412Paramount
9No Strings Attached$21,512-54%254-171$85$70,023,9228Paramount
10Biutiful$18,781-65%114-31$165$4,539,09311Roadside Attractions
11The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$11,557-50%123-62$94$104,132,69614Fox
12Little Fockers$11,505-63%177-44$65$148,395,28512Universal
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$10,183-65%122-86$83$294,723,79117Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$37,8570%490$773$22,555,93152Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Jane Eyre (2011)$17,483-70%4--$4,371$200,3681Focus
3Kill the Irishman$14,530-64%5--$2,906$159,9601Anchor Bay Films
4Gulliver's Travels (2010)$9,653-34%99-57$98$42,655,32912Fox
5127 Hours$7,039-51%79-56$89$18,243,62519Fox Searchlight
6The Rite$6,937-54%85-116$82$32,729,4667Warner Bros. / New Line
7Blue Valentine (2010)$6,574-61%60-36$110$9,521,00211Weinstein Company
8The Eagle$6,476-51%99-228$65$19,299,4585Focus
9happythankyoumoreplease$5,653-65%1917$298$100,2612Anchor Bay Films
10The Company Men$4,802-63%63-49$76$4,160,2918Weinstein Company
11Season of the Witch$3,756-54%54-55$70$24,798,00510Relativity Media
12Rabbit Hole$3,452-57%38-17$91$2,163,01013Lionsgate
13The Mechanic$2,477-64%42-67$59$28,933,7317CBS Films
14From Prada to Nada$1,459-64%33-2$44$2,959,2407Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$1,126-58%40$282$73,0055Phase 4 Films
16I Love You Phillip Morris$1,043-68%12-1$87$1,979,86015Roadside Attractions
17Winter's Bone$468-62%9-4$52$6,527,91640Roadside Attractions
18Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie$157-92%1--$157$28,93015Argot Pictures