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. 27 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$6,344,766-37%3,167--$2,003$23,751,5021Fox
2Sucker Punch$4,345,518-35%3,033--$1,433$19,058,1991Warner Bros.
3Limitless$3,934,441-39%2,80549$1,403$41,111,2312Relativity Media
4Rango$2,950,810-33%3,645-198$810$106,335,9874Paramount
5The Lincoln Lawyer$2,948,505-39%2,7070$1,089$28,717,5482Lionsgate
6Paul$2,188,680-36%2,8064$780$24,960,9702Universal
7Battle: Los Angeles$2,077,990-37%3,118-299$666$72,562,1103Sony / Columbia
8Red Riding Hood$1,027,938-47%2,715-315$379$32,424,7693Warner Bros.
9The Adjustment Bureau$1,026,900-48%2,282-378$450$54,916,8654Universal
10Mars Needs Moms$717,940-29%2,170-947$331$19,224,6413Disney
11Beastly$496,237-49%1,585-225$313$25,296,2184CBS Films
12Gnomeo and Juliet$480,332-30%1,364-384$352$95,872,5377Disney
13Hall Pass$425,078-45%1,204-701$353$42,323,4805Warner Bros. / New Line
14The King's Speech$400,207-46%1,062-187$377$134,851,22918Weinstein Company
15Just Go With It$350,105-50%1,116-592$314$100,251,0967Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$155,600-48%688-713$226$62,239,5656Warner Bros.
2I Am Number Four$123,847-45%512-443$242$53,488,7236Disney / DreamWorks
3Cedar Rapids$106,979-45%342-120$313$6,122,4157Fox Searchlight
4Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$105,296-47%406-144$259$36,959,6816Fox
5Yogi Bear$100,591-30%326-112$309$99,870,52515Warner Bros.
6The Green Hornet$62,389-36%246-36$254$98,280,82411Sony / Columbia
7Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$62,195-35%289-191$215$72,556,9637Paramount
8Black Swan$50,450-39%20716$244$106,578,42417Fox Searchlight
9True Grit (2010)$44,391-47%205-63$217$170,058,65914Paramount
10No Strings Attached$36,238-37%213-19$170$70,477,77710Paramount
11The Fighter$28,735-44%179-137$161$93,571,80316Paramount
12The Rite$23,262-27%155-47$150$32,982,4119Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Mechanic$15,815-20%1001$158$29,074,6689CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$287,694-32%9064$3,197$1,885,5263Focus
2Win Win$139,616-34%2318$6,070$672,3362Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$45,631-18%42-7$1,086$23,122,72454Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Kill the Irishman$43,624-40%4120$1,064$538,0603Anchor Bay Films
5Biutiful$22,678-30%66-23$344$4,824,90113Roadside Attractions
6Miral$20,667-20%4--$5,167$66,2441Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$17,531-32%85-9$206$294,915,21419Warner Bros.
8The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$15,212-33%72-10$211$104,299,42116Fox
9The Music Never Stopped$13,808-40%331$418$150,5152Roadside Attractions
10From Prada to Nada$13,787-19%292$475$3,016,2449Lionsgate / Pantelion
11The Eagle$12,686-35%975$131$19,434,5967Focus
12Take Me Home Tonight$12,207-30%89-192$137$6,817,0814Relativity Media
13The Company Men$11,964-40%48-10$249$4,271,27810Weinstein Company
14Blue Valentine (2010)$9,623-34%441$219$9,629,25513Weinstein Company
15Drive Angry$7,423-38%72-23$103$10,558,2255Summit
16Gulliver's Travels (2010)$6,214-9%34-9$183$42,732,11914Fox
17Mia and the Migoo$6,146-25%1--$6,146$16,9751GKIDS
18happythankyoumoreplease$6,058-37%164$379$168,6664Anchor Bay Films
19I Love You Phillip Morris$3,173-34%9-2$353$2,014,18117Roadside Attractions
20Rabbit Hole$3,055-38%290$105$2,203,98015Lionsgate
21Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$366-27%2-3$183$85,2227Phase 4 Films
22Winter's Bone$44-69%1-3$44$6,530,70842Roadside Attractions