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 Sat, Apr. 16 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$17,467,66569%3,827--$4,564$27,812,9071Fox
2Scream 4$6,680,156-19%3,305--$2,021$14,921,3921Weinstein Company
3HOP$5,196,650123%3,608-8$1,440$78,965,5553Universal
4Soul Surfer$3,281,94354%2,2140$1,482$18,010,6552Sony / TriStar
5Hanna$3,179,74450%2,54510$1,249$21,304,7352Focus
6Arthur (2011)$3,004,88041%3,2760$917$20,542,6122Warner Bros.
7Insidious$2,941,05827%2,233-186$1,317$34,377,7263FilmDistrict
8Source Code$2,855,18355%2,557-414$1,117$35,389,7693Summit
9Limitless$1,680,79456%1,885-770$892$68,684,5995Relativity Media
10Your Highness$1,675,78034%2,7723$605$14,981,5702Universal
11The Lincoln Lawyer$1,412,50977%1,702-718$830$49,778,3895Lionsgate
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$1,042,695115%1,849-1032$564$47,567,6474Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$1,574,76643%707--$2,227$2,674,5161Roadside Attractions
2Win Win$646,80399%384158$1,684$4,729,7475Fox Searchlight
3Jane Eyre (2011)$453,92372%27427$1,657$5,790,2396Focus
4Rango$337,681103%976-1031$346$118,564,3337Paramount
5Born to Be Wild 3D$270,01286%2071$1,304$1,638,1062Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Sucker Punch$262,13947%555-1200$472$35,126,8244Warner Bros.
7Battle: Los Angeles$232,39764%554-854$419$82,059,7086Sony / Columbia
8Paul$222,44060%536-1131$415$35,981,2205Universal
9The Adjustment Bureau$173,90567%348-435$500$60,656,8607Universal
10Just Go With It$126,64464%3266$388$102,000,72910Sony / Columbia
11The King's Speech$119,50259%315-360$379$137,933,75421Weinstein Company
12Hall Pass$103,04337%333-33$309$44,574,2758Warner Bros. / New Line
13No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$86,38159%189-37$457$883,2342Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Unknown (2011)$77,35848%275-90$281$63,338,6889Warner Bros.
15Red Riding Hood$59,91856%248-529$242$36,914,1286Warner Bros.
16True Grit (2010)$50,77159%177-86$287$170,916,39917Paramount
17Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$41,12594%128-56$321$37,591,4429Fox
18Beastly$31,63747%110-229$288$27,456,2697CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$41,37724%321$1,293$23,807,80757Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Thank You$38,54185%71-21$543$365,6752UTV Communications
3Kill the Irishman$30,81299%39-13$790$923,6876Anchor Bay Films
4The Green Hornet$25,22364%95-66$266$98,766,36314Sony / Columbia
5Cedar Rapids$19,30982%47-71$411$6,723,37310Fox Searchlight
6Miral$15,36185%26-3$591$294,6494Weinstein Company
7Drive Angry$10,96152%71-55$154$10,699,7628Summit
8Biutiful$9,48759%32-6$296$5,005,46216Roadside Attractions
9Black Swan$9,36667%49-54$191$106,924,39320Fox Searchlight
10Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$7,91437%35-34$226$72,768,23110Paramount
11The Company Men$6,96848%20-12$348$4,380,48413Weinstein Company
12The Music Never Stopped$3,01896%13-1$232$226,1725Roadside Attractions
13Take Me Home Tonight$2,53836%42-60$60$6,922,1067Relativity Media
14Blue Valentine (2010)$2,01342%15-4$134$9,700,03416Weinstein Company
15Meet Monica Velour$1,78843%42$447$13,2052Anchor Bay Films
16happythankyoumoreplease$1,27634%4-5$319$211,2817Anchor Bay Films
17The Last Godfather$63298%1-19$632$163,2593Roadside Attractions
18Winter's Bone$9050%20$45$6,531,46745Roadside Attractions