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, Nov. 28 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$2,525,769-71%4,0665$621$223,357,7782Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$1,072,282-83%3,440--$312$42,588,9731Disney
3Immortals$623,461-66%2,677-443$233$69,330,4423Relativity Media
4Hugo$550,032-78%1,277--$431$15,952,0741Paramount
5Happy Feet Two$525,140-82%3,6115$145$44,280,4972Warner Bros.
6Arthur Christmas$440,036-84%3,376--$130$16,741,1671Sony / Columbia
7Jack and Jill$430,517-79%3,029-409$142$57,550,6293Sony / Columbia
8Tower Heist$346,360-73%2,474-468$140$65,545,1404Universal
9J. Edgar$333,057-67%1,910-37$174$29,170,9003Warner Bros.
10Puss in Boots (2011)$286,380-82%3,005-410$95$135,716,4725Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Nov. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$485,880-71%433404$1,122$11,372,8322Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$151,141-67%244--$619$2,213,2911Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$124,377-58%875-933$142$31,683,7664Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$59,453-63%457-910$130$35,110,3875Fox
5Like Crazy$31,418-66%15041$209$2,509,8525Paramount Vantage
6Margin Call$20,437-68%140-30$146$4,388,1726Roadside Attractions
7The Way$16,954--101-36$168$3,391,4478Producers Distribution Agency
8Paranormal Activity 3$16,615-64%355-1047$47$103,262,3856Paramount
950/50$16,583-60%21025$79$34,571,3649Summit
10The Three Musketeers (2011)$16,463-65%22454$73$19,925,3916Summit
11The Ides of March$14,824-69%159-139$93$39,558,0708Sony / Columbia
12Moneyball$14,211-70%187-222$76$73,169,45910Sony / Columbia
13Martha Marcy May Marlene$14,133-67%113-67$125$2,589,9046Fox Searchlight
14Footloose (2011)$13,502-74%384-834$35$50,847,3697Paramount
15Courageous$11,473-75%211-306$54$32,771,2319Sony / TriStar
16Contagion$10,840-64%218-83$50$75,461,38912Warner Bros.
17Dolphin Tale$9,320-78%216-172$43$70,372,57510Warner Bros.
18Abduction$7,772-73%163-18$48$27,848,66610Lionsgate
19Rise of the Planet of the Apes$4,237-74%103-28$41$176,589,53417Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Nov. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$19,488-63%4--$4,872$224,3661Weinstein Company
2Drive (2011)$8,487-63%9347$91$34,508,74111FilmDistrict
3The Rum Diary$6,296-53%54-98$117$12,963,3115FilmDistrict
4Born to Be Wild 3D$5,602-73%490$114$14,457,25534Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Anonymous$4,650-71%72-107$65$4,305,6685Sony / Columbia
6The Big Year$2,106-63%53-6$40$7,162,7557Fox
7The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$1,231-88%19--$65$75,7011Warner Bros.
8Inni$1,103-52%52$221$100,5265Cinema Purgatorio
9The Mighty Macs$915-55%11-17$83$1,890,4376Quaker Media
10Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$876-85%48-22$18$38,517,70815Weinstein Company
11Sarah's Key$790-68%27-25$29$7,686,16419Weinstein Company
12Machine Gun Preacher$180-87%9-10$20$537,76010Relativity Media
13Laugh at My Pain$141-69%4-7$35$7,702,11512CodeBlack Entertainment
14Project Nim$5-92%1--$5$407,21621Roadside Attractions