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 Sat, Aug. 20 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$8,099,47639%2,690156$3,011$65,260,1882Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$6,728,83445%3,471-220$1,939$128,821,0133Fox
3Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$4,429,73410%3,295--$1,344$8,444,7981Weinstein Company
4Conan the Barbarian (2011)$3,562,080-3%3,015--$1,181$7,235,7151Lionsgate
5The Smurfs$3,167,56342%3,057-370$1,036$115,141,5724Sony / Columbia
6Final Destination 5$3,152,16529%3,1550$999$30,221,9012Warner Bros. / New Line
7Fright Night (2011)$2,972,974-3%3,114--$955$6,047,3451Disney / DreamWorks
830 Minutes or Less$2,443,03422%2,8880$846$23,903,4452Sony / Columbia
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,968,64533%1,940-695$1,015$62,915,0374Warner Bros.
10One Day$1,893,4642%1,721--$1,100$3,741,9421Focus
11Cowboys & Aliens$1,792,53050%2,213-1097$810$88,270,0904Universal
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,777,48450%1,738-676$1,023$364,460,3136Warner Bros.
13Captain America: The First Avenger$1,726,84645%1,988-847$869$163,546,7325Paramount
14The Change-Up$1,175,76036%1,633-1280$720$31,186,3053Universal
15Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$675,54915%1,982-58$341$9,902,5212Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Horrible Bosses$539,94939%755-583$715$112,224,5907Warner Bros. / New Line
2Sarah's Key$337,60175%201100$1,680$2,833,1645Weinstein Company
3Transformers: Dark of the Moon$256,29950%484-402$530$348,360,6018Paramount / DreamWorks
4Friends With Benefits$218,96430%413-881$530$54,565,6245Sony / Screen Gems
5Zookeeper$175,03433%370-378$473$76,672,8387Sony / Columbia
6Green Lantern$143,46447%2420$593$115,506,74110Warner Bros.
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$128,71743%274-20$470$66,543,51710Fox
8Kung Fu Panda 2$121,22747%237-15$512$163,862,11713Paramount / DreamWorks
9Bridesmaids$117,12039%244-41$480$167,582,01015Universal
10The Hangover Part II$55,91242%193-39$290$254,138,22913Warner Bros.
11X-Men: First Class$54,68333%146-37$375$145,903,96912Fox
12Bad Teacher$47,36827%100-49$474$98,086,8719Sony / Columbia
13Monte Carlo$29,93537%107-17$280$22,794,9438Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$72,64722%490$1,483$11,699,92520Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Devil's Double$59,77859%83-6$720$950,2604Lionsgate
3Another Earth$59,18953%875$680$890,6225Fox Searchlight
4The Tree of Life$50,42361%96-22$525$12,655,74713Fox Searchlight
5Super 8$42,44338%86-22$494$125,663,05411Paramount
6Attack the Block$32,17535%444$731$576,8654Sony / Screen Gems
7The Future$24,40437%3111$787$314,0624Roadside Attractions
8Beginners$24,06264%69-34$349$5,622,92112Focus
9Rio (2011)$16,95986%68-31$249$143,546,24319Fox
10Thor$13,23140%54-27$245$181,007,07316Paramount
11A Better Life$9,31735%6514$143$1,725,5229Summit
12Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$7,85549%37-67$212$1,276,3026Fox Searchlight
13Project Nim$4,53952%12-6$378$330,1437Roadside Attractions
145 Days of War$2,1923%2--$1,096$4,3301Anchor Bay Films
15Insidious$1,98385%9-4$220$53,983,26021FilmDistrict
16Everything Must Go$1,07910%41$270$2,705,37915Roadside Attractions
17The Conspirator$61621%42$154$11,535,11419Roadside Attractions
18Daylight (2011)$363-8%1--$363$3,7526Cinema Purgatorio
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$223-69%30$74$237,59849Collective Eye