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 Thu, Jun. 2 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hangover Part II$5,511,451-12%3,6150$1,525$154,426,9601Warner Bros.
2Kung Fu Panda 2$3,022,4842%3,9250$770$76,140,4581Paramount / DreamWorks
3Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$2,756,0361%4,1649$662$172,246,2772Disney
4Bridesmaids$1,967,0705%2,95821$665$95,126,3553Universal
5Thor$808,1885%3,2960$245$164,872,9044Paramount
6Fast Five$492,0206%2,981-43$165$198,814,3105Universal
7Something Borrowed$218,03810%1,440-164$151$35,825,3174Warner Bros.
8Priest (2011)$196,8943%1,9180$103$28,337,2123Sony / Screen Gems
9Rio (2011)$170,50715%1,67266$102$135,951,8777Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jumping the Broom$125,376-1%9390$134$35,062,3914Sony / TriStar
2Water for Elephants$118,03914%79433$149$55,038,6786Fox
3Soul Surfer$45,04218%4010$112$41,542,2508Sony / TriStar
4Rango$35,8569%280-22$128$121,913,45413Paramount
5Source Code$33,8692%299-78$113$53,615,6829Summit
6Insidious$29,62676%186-315$159$52,830,3739FilmDistrict
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$28,0903%3590$78$52,479,0016Lionsgate
8Everything Must Go$26,3671%161-84$164$2,255,0713Roadside Attractions
9Limitless$26,0277%269-88$97$78,584,36111Relativity Media
10HOP$22,4107%29929$75$107,632,6609Universal
11Jane Eyre (2011)$22,25113%143-65$156$10,766,61512Focus
12Hanna$21,567-20%216-63$100$39,658,0398Focus
13Scream 4$17,458-2%26156$67$37,964,5777Weinstein Company
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$17,43722%214-39$81$52,199,82810Fox
15The Lincoln Lawyer$16,42611%166-13$99$56,884,58511Lionsgate
16Win Win$14,953-6%124-78$121$9,741,09511Fox Searchlight
17The Conspirator$12,9995%137-132$95$11,242,0077Roadside Attractions
18The Beaver$11,12918%109-59$102$825,3134Summit
19Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$8,01617%203-439$39$9,495,0355Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$66,3548%47-3$1,412$6,138,7758Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Tree of Life$42,095-12%4--$10,524$631,9351Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$26,39720%30-4$880$25,331,29163Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Arthur (2011)$6,2016%77-127$81$32,969,4858Warner Bros.
5The King's Speech$1,52237%18-22$85$138,781,73327Weinstein Company
635 and Ticking$844-35%60$141$55,4882Image Entertainment
7Kill the Irishman$6681%10-2$67$1,171,08812Anchor Bay Films
8Go For It!$481-44%14-3$34$180,2373Lionsgate / Pantelion
9The Music Never Stopped$311102%50$62$245,69311Roadside Attractions
10Biutiful$110-60%5--$22$5,100,14022Roadside Attractions
11Skateland$94-18%2-9$47$18,1723Freestyle Releasing
12Dum Maaro Dum$65-53%6-5$11$563,4796Fox Searchlight