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, Oct. 15 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$7,340,24562%3,4400$2,134$47,298,6792Disney / DreamWorks
2Footloose (2011)$6,381,49417%3,549--$1,798$11,813,5521Paramount
3The Thing (2011)$3,340,5453%2,996--$1,115$6,591,2051Universal
4The Ides of March$3,228,38642%2,1990$1,468$20,150,2362Sony / Columbia
5Dolphin Tale$2,827,39568%3,286-192$860$56,837,7854Warner Bros.
6Moneyball$2,535,90348%2,840-178$893$56,466,7244Sony / Columbia
750/50$1,842,13934%2,391-88$770$23,232,2053Summit
8The Big Year$1,364,22619%2,150--$635$2,515,4411Fox
9Courageous$1,326,53130%1,21453$1,093$20,325,8423Sony / TriStar
10The Lion King 3D$1,249,22473%1,970-297$634$89,713,8085Disney
11Dream House$1,162,02055%2,172-492$535$17,830,7303Universal
12Contagion$838,78651%1,684-566$498$71,583,6706Warner Bros.
13Abduction$655,01956%1,707-884$384$25,426,7634Lionsgate
14The Help$518,45945%1,267-797$409$164,593,60910Disney / DreamWorks
15What's Your Number?$481,33129%1,282-1729$375$12,661,5483Fox
16Killer Elite$451,53949%1,431-980$316$23,487,6564Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Drive (2011)$471,07539%703-627$670$31,807,0225FilmDistrict
2The Smurfs$194,94866%370-145$527$139,909,95812Sony / Columbia
3Laugh at My Pain$134,47865%188-60$715$7,305,7066CodeBlack Entertainment
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$122,79750%330-77$372$380,155,41014Warner Bros.
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$107,22953%273-109$393$175,245,70111Fox
6Captain America: The First Avenger$103,84248%246-57$422$176,114,74713Paramount
7Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$91,800101%311-54$295$37,972,4169Weinstein Company
8The Debt$84,81488%200-158$424$30,833,2847Focus
9Cowboys & Aliens$62,38546%2082$300$99,933,47112Universal
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$57,15030%162-60$353$83,314,46012Warner Bros.
11Zookeeper$49,01156%155-43$316$80,252,25815Sony / Columbia
12Colombiana$48,41272%132-113$367$36,366,3388Sony / TriStar
13Warrior (2011)$30,42256%135-184$225$13,553,9816Lionsgate
14Shark Night 3D$20,526102%115-30$178$18,646,5697Relativity Media
15I Don't Know How She Does It$14,14932%107-133$132$9,561,1855Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$36,57621%490$746$13,475,65728Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Munger Road$27,99133%3223$875$161,0613Freestyle Releasing
3Labios Rojos$26,50527%67--$396$47,4571Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Horrible Bosses$24,09727%85-57$283$117,473,99115Warner Bros. / New Line
5Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$23,321104%80-34$292$23,878,1358FilmDistrict
6Machine Gun Preacher$22,35030%43-50$520$395,7104Relativity Media
7Sarah's Key$19,81551%86-27$230$6,961,53313Weinstein Company
8Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$11,29081%22-5$513$442,6597Indomina Media
9Seven Days in Utopia$7,70418%41-36$188$4,327,6707Visio Entertainment
10Our Idiot Brother$6,92915%41-26$169$24,685,6488Weinstein Company
11Circumstance$6,0849%191$320$395,3168Roadside Attractions
12Apollo 18$5,473-2%18-28$304$17,538,1027Weinstein Company
13Dirty Girl$4,33070%101$433$35,8882Weinstein Company
14Texas Killing Fields$3,38313%3--$1,128$6,3821Anchor Bay Films
15Thunder Soul$3,18258%12-25$265$137,7984Roadside Attractions
16Margaret$1,95492%6-8$326$39,1533Fox Searchlight
17The Future$1,838-1%161$115$550,73912Roadside Attractions
18Project Nim$88214%3-3$29$399,75815Roadside Attractions