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 Tue, Jun. 14 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Super 8$4,263,1157%3,379--$1,262$44,682,3501Paramount
2X-Men: First Class$2,968,8379%3,69251$804$103,718,9752Fox
3Kung Fu Panda 2$2,103,65118%3,929-23$535$130,704,0793Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Hangover Part II$2,073,46510%3,67560$564$219,685,3243Warner Bros.
5Bridesmaids$1,533,98522%2,9223$525$126,606,3105Universal
6Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$1,411,06614%3,433-533$411$211,523,6834Disney
7Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$763,91219%2,524--$303$7,481,0901Relativity Media
8Thor$341,12613%1,782-998$191$174,308,7596Paramount
9Fast Five$219,2853%1,329-908$165$205,526,1307Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$109,21720%527-164$207$137,980,8099Fox
2Water for Elephants$76,44326%466-106$164$56,736,8928Fox
3Something Borrowed$68,35427%366-322$187$37,748,7106Warner Bros.
4Jumping the Broom$50,7851%365-224$139$36,796,2606Sony / TriStar
5Rango$33,88329%220-34$154$122,534,80715Paramount
6Source Code$28,12616%248-40$113$54,214,44311Summit
7Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$25,40244%182102$140$9,707,3587Weinstein Company
8HOP$18,98525%190-55$100$108,046,35511Universal
9Hanna$17,43910%147-50$119$40,030,51010Focus
10Limitless$17,2489%166-66$104$78,968,53513Relativity Media
11Insidious$17,129-2%134-26$128$53,270,51311FilmDistrict
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$14,38833%117-65$123$52,484,36712Fox
13The Lincoln Lawyer$10,93830%101-32$108$57,153,01513Lionsgate
14Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$10,49412%112-84$94$52,784,3688Lionsgate
15Win Win$8,22024%100-41$82$10,017,35713Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$99,8943%4727$2,125$2,558,5063Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$67,21613%470$1,430$6,895,58510Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Beginners$28,46016%1914$1,498$506,3622Focus
4Hubble 3D$26,2333%31-1$846$25,656,31165Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Jane Eyre (2011)$12,47221%90-38$139$11,030,07614Focus
6Everything Must Go$9,11313%87-20$105$2,552,3355Roadside Attractions
7Submarine$8,2619%1713$486$133,5862Weinstein Company
8The Conspirator$5,63526%66-42$85$11,424,8209Roadside Attractions
9Scream 4$5,18318%80-121$65$38,136,9149Weinstein Company
10The Beaver$2,72333%46-22$59$918,8896Summit
11Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,91939%40$480$188,01139Collective Eye
12Beautiful Boy$8133%40$203$31,4302Anchor Bay Films
1335 and Ticking$53541%1-3$535$68,3384Image Entertainment
14The King's Speech$406-19%15-1$27$138,796,25029Weinstein Company
15The Last Mountain$343-58%31$114$34,8882Dada Films
16Kill the Irishman$323-5%5-3$65$1,182,98514Anchor Bay Films
17The Music Never Stopped$9292%2-3$46$248,61013Roadside Attractions