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 Wed, Jul. 13 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$4,624,283-24%4,10719$1,126$277,633,5242Paramount / DreamWorks
2Horrible Bosses$3,373,455-17%3,040--$1,110$39,503,9991Warner Bros. / New Line
3Zookeeper$2,343,698-22%3,482--$673$27,878,3611Sony / Columbia
4Cars 2$1,956,799-19%3,990-125$490$155,179,3953Disney
5Bad Teacher$1,091,345-22%2,962-87$368$82,371,0093Sony / Columbia
6Larry Crowne$684,555-25%2,9763$230$28,444,9302Universal
7Monte Carlo$642,732-21%2,4730$260$18,246,9232Fox
8Super 8$552,181-14%2,292-796$241$119,844,7345Paramount
9Mr. Popper's Penguins$515,596-15%1,966-895$262$59,640,5594Fox
10Green Lantern$408,231-17%2,015-1265$203$111,052,9404Warner Bros.
11Bridesmaids$374,680-10%1,102-287$340$159,282,2859Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$177,214-17%847-755$209$142,675,1746Fox
2Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$144,020-16%622-851$232$236,717,3998Disney
3Kung Fu Panda 2$143,843-23%650-631$221$159,476,3667Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Hangover Part II$137,104-13%835-733$164$251,255,8607Warner Bros.
5The Tree of Life$111,565-12%2379$471$9,362,4847Fox Searchlight
6Thor$88,512-18%31545$281$179,030,55710Paramount
7Rio (2011)$82,648-12%272-36$304$141,530,48713Fox
8Beginners$62,620-14%15547$404$3,446,6486Focus
9A Better Life$35,189-5%153142$230$668,5443Summit
10Fast Five$34,945-15%241-61$145$208,895,95511Universal
11Water for Elephants$20,939-7%168-66$125$58,353,45312Fox
12Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$18,246-17%171-50$107$14,208,0825Relativity Media
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$12,544-21%112-28$112$53,242,00712Lionsgate
14Something Borrowed$12,523-7%113-78$111$38,868,36110Warner Bros.
15The Lincoln Lawyer$7,684-17%106-32$72$57,931,42617Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$79,966-2%481$1,666$8,925,40014Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$29,995-4%28-5$1,071$26,635,53069Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Delhi Belly$23,429-15%901$260$1,303,3972UTV Communications
4Insidious$13,537-10%8111$167$53,765,30315FilmDistrict
5Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$4,753-12%42-26$113$10,121,29911Weinstein Company
6Source Code$3,532-18%41-25$86$54,708,21915Summit
7Project Nim$3,076-21%4--$769$36,0031Roadside Attractions
8Everything Must Go$3,0365%17-2$179$2,670,9759Roadside Attractions
9Submarine$2,817-26%19-1$148$387,2546Weinstein Company
10Jane Eyre (2011)$2,052-46%21-5$98$11,240,68118Focus
11Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,8469%4--$462$223,70843Collective Eye
12The Conspirator$1,58657%15--$106$11,515,77613Roadside Attractions
13The Last Mountain$635-46%3--$212$92,8416Dada Films
14The Music Never Stopped$4074%4-1$102$255,01217Roadside Attractions
15Chillar Party$406-35%7--$58$5,4661UTV Communications
16Beautiful Boy$399-15%3-1$133$74,1556Anchor Bay Films
1735 and Ticking$292-23%42$73$86,1238Image Entertainment