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, Oct. 31 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 31 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 3$2,531,585-43%3,3298$760$83,450,7552Paramount
2Puss in Boots (2011)$2,112,222-80%3,952--$534$36,189,6611Paramount / DreamWorks
3In Time$1,070,460-65%3,122--$343$13,120,8281Fox
4The Rum Diary$544,244-61%2,272--$240$5,679,6131FilmDistrict
5The Three Musketeers (2011)$385,871-61%3,0170$128$15,233,1082Summit
6Real Steel$381,186-71%2,914-498$131$74,322,6024Disney / DreamWorks
7Footloose (2011)$380,049-72%3,224-331$118$38,924,8743Paramount
8The Ides of March$349,320-52%1,572-470$222$33,949,9384Sony / Columbia
9Moneyball$305,584-50%1,631-722$187$67,713,6836Sony / Columbia
10Courageous$194,588-63%1,134-61$172$27,876,5635Sony / TriStar
11Dolphin Tale$177,143-62%1,838-990$96$67,212,4366Warner Bros.
12Johnny English Reborn$163,170-67%1,5542$105$6,628,8552Universal
1350/50$146,120-63%1,194-738$122$31,485,9835Summit
14The Thing (2011)$132,430-42%1,394-1601$95$16,207,5053Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 31 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$110,446-63%265--$417$1,132,2141Sony / Columbia
2Margin Call$77,689-65%14084$555$1,568,0322Roadside Attractions
3The Help$47,017-56%450-326$104$166,951,07612Disney / DreamWorks
4The Way$45,373--258-25$176$1,655,3974Producers Distribution Agency
5Contagion$40,775-53%411-490$99$74,142,5568Warner Bros.
6Dream House$38,025-57%585-639$65$20,872,4205Universal
7The Mighty Macs$31,886-57%389-586$82$1,545,1992Quaker Media
8Drive (2011)$29,738-64%194-173$153$33,750,6767FilmDistrict
9The Big Year$27,094-49%423-1727$64$6,847,3233Fox
10The Lion King 3D$18,834-72%378-713$50$93,162,3037Disney
11Rise of the Planet of the Apes$17,645-64%231-18$76$175,906,29713Fox
12Abduction$17,426-64%351-402$50$27,180,2066Lionsgate
13Crazy, Stupid, Love$15,024-62%250-58$60$83,919,91914Warner Bros.
14Killer Elite$13,630-54%257-494$53$24,923,2516Open Road
15Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$10,118-68%163-77$62$380,717,82216Warner Bros.
16Captain America: The First Avenger$7,964-61%139-45$57$176,559,14015Paramount
17Apollo 18$5,551-63%120107$46$17,610,7439Weinstein Company
18Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$4,758-77%151-27$32$38,286,44311Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 31 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$26,989-67%3228$843$474,2082Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$12,427-41%490$254$13,825,95230Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Like Crazy$10,663-72%4--$2,666$133,8031Paramount Vantage
4The Debt$8,459-40%87-32$97$31,155,0299Focus
5Cowboys & Aliens$7,280-54%91-40$80$100,222,39614Universal
6What's Your Number?$4,629-58%62-281$75$13,860,3035Fox
7Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$4,490-60%7522$60$23,979,21910FilmDistrict
8Laugh at My Pain$3,434-68%51-52$67$7,640,6718CodeBlack Entertainment
9The Double (2011)$3,189-54%11--$290$29,8291Image Entertainment
10Shark Night 3D$3,146-78%90-12$35$18,800,4329Relativity Media
11Sarah's Key$1,861-63%29-19$64$7,059,21115Weinstein Company
12Munger Road$1,609-60%10-6$161$245,3045Freestyle Releasing
13Machine Gun Preacher$1,504-61%13-12$116$506,8656Relativity Media
14Our Idiot Brother$1,502-60%51-28$29$24,765,45310Weinstein Company
15Texas Killing Fields$1,346-27%73$192$35,0673Anchor Bay Films
16Warrior (2011)$976-40%31-34$31$13,652,6388Lionsgate
17Circumstance$635-61%7-3$91$430,04010Roadside Attractions
18The Future$5888%5-9$118$565,24914Roadside Attractions
19Inni$553-81%2--$277$32,2251Cinema Purgatorio
20I Don't Know How She Does It$376-77%14-15$27$9,603,5617Weinstein Company
21Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$223-66%6-15$37$483,5089Indomina Media
22Labios Rojos$203-82%11-32$18$135,1093Lionsgate / Pantelion
23Dirty Girl$58-71%1-4$58$51,4894Weinstein Company
24Thunder Soul$5640%40$14$143,6246Roadside Attractions
25Project Nim$35-72%3-9$12$405,92517Roadside Attractions