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 Fri, Dec. 9 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1New Year's Eve$5,027,448--3,505--$1,434$5,027,4481Warner Bros. / New Line
2The Sitter$3,706,669--2,750--$1,348$3,706,6691Fox
3The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$2,456,195118%3,604-442$682$254,039,4624Lionsgate / Summit
4The Muppets$1,672,046186%3,328-112$502$60,435,3043Disney
5Hugo$1,574,646191%2,608768$604$28,939,0563Paramount
6Arthur Christmas$1,426,754248%3,272-104$436$28,316,8663Sony / Columbia
7Jack and Jill$871,357177%2,787-262$313$66,313,6445Sony / Columbia
8Happy Feet Two$845,817142%2,840-696$298$53,945,9184Warner Bros.
9Tower Heist$734,495144%2,069-335$355$72,498,0256Universal
10Immortals$729,71075%2,299-328$317$78,137,2155Relativity Media
11J. Edgar$355,69645%1,555-430$229$33,928,3945Warner Bros.
12Puss in Boots (2011)$354,85494%1,843-907$193$140,600,1297Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,318,017250%876302$1,505$20,568,4404Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$215,40592%2440$883$4,553,2443Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$154,50646%470-240$329$33,665,9656Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$110,453119%354-67$312$36,169,3257Fox
5Dolphin Tale$69,517241%342-68$203$70,868,43212Warner Bros.
6Like Crazy$51,57568%16210$318$3,032,8887Paramount Vantage
7Courageous$49,18794%191-74$258$33,189,06611Sony / TriStar
8Margin Call$45,792119%148-2$309$4,814,7428Roadside Attractions
9Moneyball$43,412-31%208-796$209$74,070,01512Sony / Columbia
10Paranormal Activity 3$41,000263%30247$136$103,527,3528Paramount
11The Ides of March$35,211-39%187-829$188$40,384,41910Sony / Columbia
12The Three Musketeers (2011)$26,679130%168-40$159$20,167,9628Summit
13Footloose (2011)$22,622117%201-108$113$51,095,0509Paramount
1450/50$21,02631%146-50$144$34,843,96611Summit
15Abduction$18,442139%131-20$141$28,014,45512Lionsgate
16The Smurfs$16,834--181-146$93$142,549,42820Sony / Columbia
17Contagion$13,88453%111-44$125$75,607,86814Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$90,684--4--$22,671$90,6841Focus
2Young Adult$89,660--8--$11,208$89,6601Paramount
3Shame$83,839158%2111$3,992$581,9252Fox Searchlight
4The Artist$77,073201%1610$4,817$670,4533Weinstein Company
5The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$25,401196%251$1,016$207,2613Warner Bros.
6Born to Be Wild 3D$19,13924%490$391$14,632,88436Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Drive (2011)$15,03089%70-16$215$34,644,07513FilmDistrict
8Martha Marcy May Marlene$14,26237%72-12$198$2,784,2898Fox Searchlight
9Anonymous$10,055-1%82-23$123$4,441,4957Sony / Columbia
10The Rum Diary$9,34169%630$148$13,050,3327FilmDistrict
11Pastorela$9,28390%44-11$211$114,9832Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Rise of the Planet of the Apes$8,884101%61-23$146$176,671,30019Fox
13Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,077139%23-8$47$38,531,56517Weinstein Company
14Project Nim$981--2--$491$408,40123Roadside Attractions
15Circumstance$67113%1-1$671$450,43016Roadside Attractions
16Inni$497-43%4-2$124$112,7647Cinema Purgatorio
17Laugh at My Pain$30866%3-2$103$7,705,34714CodeBlack Entertainment
18Answers to Nothing$120-90%7-14$17$20,5582Roadside Attractions
19The Future$76--1--$76$568,36620Roadside Attractions