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, Jun. 13 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Super 8$3,968,067-58%3,379--$1,174$40,419,2351Paramount
2X-Men: First Class$2,726,803-59%3,69251$739$100,750,1382Fox
3The Hangover Part II$1,884,398-57%3,67560$513$217,611,8593Warner Bros.
4Kung Fu Panda 2$1,787,188-63%3,929-23$455$128,600,4283Paramount / DreamWorks
5Bridesmaids$1,256,460-54%2,9223$430$125,072,3255Universal
6Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$1,239,359-60%3,433-533$361$210,112,6174Disney
7Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$640,319-58%2,524--$254$6,717,1781Relativity Media
8Thor$302,910-54%1,782-998$170$173,967,6336Paramount
9Fast Five$212,640-53%1,329-908$160$205,306,8457Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$90,763-52%527-164$172$137,871,5929Fox
2Water for Elephants$60,655-53%466-106$130$56,660,4498Fox
3Something Borrowed$53,947-51%366-322$147$37,680,3566Warner Bros.
4Jumping the Broom$50,471-53%365-224$138$36,745,4756Sony / TriStar
5Rango$26,345-48%220-34$120$122,500,92415Paramount
6Source Code$24,185-43%248-40$98$54,186,31711Summit
7Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$17,665-50%182102$97$9,681,9567Weinstein Company
8Insidious$17,483-49%134-26$130$53,253,38411FilmDistrict
9Hanna$15,838-45%147-50$108$40,013,07110Focus
10Limitless$15,820-44%166-66$95$78,951,28713Relativity Media
11HOP$15,200-52%190-55$80$108,027,37011Universal
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$10,835-52%117-65$93$52,469,97912Fox
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$9,385-46%112-84$84$52,773,8748Lionsgate
14The Lincoln Lawyer$8,391-59%101-32$83$57,142,07713Lionsgate
15Win Win$6,650-68%100-41$67$10,009,13713Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$96,957-60%4727$2,063$2,458,6123Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$59,421-2%470$1,264$6,828,36910Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$25,450-15%31-1$821$25,630,07865Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Beginners$24,573-65%1914$1,293$477,9022Focus
5Jane Eyre (2011)$10,323-44%90-38$115$11,017,60414Focus
6Everything Must Go$8,089-58%87-20$93$2,543,2225Roadside Attractions
7Submarine$7,558-54%1713$445$125,3252Weinstein Company
8The Conspirator$4,467-65%66-42$68$11,419,1859Roadside Attractions
9Scream 4$4,392-55%80-121$55$38,131,7319Weinstein Company
10The Beaver$2,041-51%46-22$44$916,1666Summit
11Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,380-15%40$345$186,09239Collective Eye
12The Last Mountain$822-78%31$274$34,5452Dada Films
13Beautiful Boy$790-58%40$198$30,6172Anchor Bay Films
14The King's Speech$502-9%15-1$33$138,795,84429Weinstein Company
1535 and Ticking$380-62%1-3$380$67,8034Image Entertainment
16Kill the Irishman$340-65%5-3$68$1,182,66214Anchor Bay Films
17The Music Never Stopped$48-69%2-3$24$248,51813Roadside Attractions