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 Thu, Jan. 19 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contraband$1,574,650-4%2,863--$550$33,897,9201Universal
2Beauty and the Beast 3D$801,5983%2,625--$305$24,808,3801Disney
3Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$743,5853%3,346-209$222$191,809,1875Paramount
4Joyful Noise$631,2185%2,735--$231$15,827,9821Warner Bros.
5The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$570,899-1%2,674-276$214$91,025,0684Sony / Columbia
6Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$568,0075%3,155-448$180$173,806,2295Warner Bros.
7War Horse$499,770-2%2,85673$175$69,134,6784Disney / DreamWorks
8The Devil Inside$381,1261%2,551266$149$48,621,1072Paramount
9We Bought a Zoo$288,4365%2,909-261$99$66,781,5854Fox
10The Adventures of Tintin$244,56313%2,073-933$118$70,102,1654Paramount
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$191,4949%2,849-576$67$121,606,0375Fox
12New Year's Eve$61,16612%1,092-772$56$54,048,6926Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Darkest Hour$56,429-3%1,182-981$48$20,891,5914Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Iron Lady$497,620-11%802797$620$8,901,6793Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$305,6611%660-77$463$48,887,3609Fox Searchlight
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$237,733-4%88677$268$16,565,5976Focus
4The Artist$177,864-4%21644$823$9,747,9158Weinstein Company
5Hugo$94,0673%545-298$173$54,949,7828Paramount
6My Week with Marilyn$76,620-3%400-184$192$11,739,3578Weinstein Company
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$56,47512%708-350$80$279,953,7399Lionsgate / Summit
8Young Adult$43,9372%387-443$114$15,937,2356Paramount
9The Sitter$41,089-2%449-309$92$29,878,6636Fox
10The Muppets$26,7058%547-689$49$86,774,9618Disney
11Happy Feet Two$23,618-2%36580$65$62,170,0539Warner Bros.
12Puss in Boots (2011)$21,4669%316-35$68$147,366,98612Paramount / DreamWorks
13Tower Heist$16,9200%260-35$65$77,643,09511Universal
14Immortals$15,777-8%18759$84$83,147,36010Relativity Media
15In Time$8,02525%106-26$76$37,397,21112Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$23,1951%41-4$566$2,739,4007Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$11,841-3%450$263$15,562,17841Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$10,94916%60$1,825$691,9074Warner Bros.
4Pariah (2011)$10,678-5%2413$445$432,6083Focus
5J. Edgar$6,2693%8-144$784$37,005,86210Warner Bros.
6In the Land of Blood and Honey$5,56724%1811$309$175,5324FilmDistrict
7Drive (2011)$3,978-1%322$124$34,983,92118FilmDistrict
8Vettai$3,76124%34--$111$114,5411UTV Communications
9Dolphin Tale$2,3256%91-58$26$72,254,79717Warner Bros.
10Margin Call$1,9187%20-10$96$5,335,95613Roadside Attractions