'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 Wed, May. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Fast Five$2,141,225-20%3,66218$585$147,138,8652Universal
3Something Borrowed$1,137,373-16%2,904--$392$17,543,0701Warner Bros.
4Jumping the Broom$701,383-26%2,035--$345$17,960,1711Sony / TriStar
5Water for Elephants$572,104-11%2,614-206$219$43,814,2893Fox
6Rio (2011)$430,990-8%3,258-450$132$116,531,8624Fox
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$201,961-20%1,881-407$107$47,800,8323Lionsgate
8Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$138,429-2%2,5050$55$7,270,1642Weinstein Company
9Soul Surfer$130,051-6%1,781-229$73$37,271,3665Sony / TriStar
10African Cats$116,922-1%1,035-189$113$13,229,6773Disneynature
13Scream 4$72,882-18%1,333-888$55$37,156,4714Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Source Code$113,168-7%930-715$122$51,280,1236Summit
3The Conspirator$57,739-6%457-238$126$9,965,7894Roadside Attractions
4Jane Eyre (2011)$53,3234%248-46$215$9,582,3499Focus
5Limitless$47,933-19%379-459$126$77,155,8978Relativity Media
6Win Win$45,924-8%268-34$171$8,484,9448Fox Searchlight
7The Lincoln Lawyer$41,469-10%440-279$94$55,669,9248Lionsgate
9Arthur (2011)$19,336-26%355-896$54$32,309,7855Warner Bros.
11The Adjustment Bureau$16,125-21%215-62$75$62,108,69010Universal
12Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$15,7300%464-411$34$1,154,8342Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
13Sucker Punch$14,036-7%210136$67$36,231,4937Warner Bros.
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$13,667-3%339-164$40$51,331,7817Fox
16Your Highness$9,905-7%164-238$60$21,451,9305Universal
17Red Riding Hood$7,582-9%156-53$49$37,546,2379Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$62,3951%59-10$1,058$4,423,9975Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$27,44831%320$858$24,686,06960Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Beaver$10,135-11%22--$461$140,2641Summit
4The King's Speech$5,762-9%90-95$64$138,665,75724Weinstein Company
5Hall Pass$4,32215%67-49$65$45,056,80111Warner Bros. / New Line
6Beastly$3,492-25%76-50$46$27,824,53310CBS Films
7Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$3,063-2%57-52$54$73,009,64913Paramount
8Kill the Irishman$2,788-5%23-7$121$1,116,9299Anchor Bay Films
9Unknown (2011)$2,238-2%49-52$46$63,684,07012Warner Bros.
10Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$1,882-30%52-17$36$37,867,57112Fox
11The Company Men$1,789-8%3520$51$4,433,15216Weinstein Company
12Dum Maaro Dum$1,4615%33-60$44$538,5783Fox Searchlight
13Cedar Rapids$1,431-8%22-4$65$6,832,15213Fox Searchlight
14No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$1,299-45%21-24$62$1,305,3375Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Biutiful$982-36%16-6$61$5,076,30319Roadside Attractions
16Passion Play$46712%2--$234$3,2421Image Entertainment
17Miral$42628%5-5$85$367,9617Weinstein Company
18The Music Never Stopped$2393%73$34$237,7528Roadside Attractions