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 Sun, Feb. 19 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Safe House$7,412,375-24%3,1212$2,375$77,911,1902Universal
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$6,920,170-18%3,50030$1,977$52,961,6242Warner Bros. / New Line
3Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$6,469,785-26%3,174--$2,038$22,115,3341Sony / Columbia
4The Vow$6,448,359-30%2,9580$2,180$84,991,9142Sony / Screen Gems
5This Means War$4,928,641-29%3,189--$1,546$19,015,7351Fox
6Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,706,808-19%2,6550$1,020$33,839,6662Fox
7Chronicle$2,482,491-21%2,556-352$971$51,098,8093Fox
8The Secret World of Arrietty$2,180,325-15%1,522--$1,433$6,446,3951Disney
9The Woman in Black$2,007,896-26%2,559-297$785$45,289,8143CBS Films
10The Grey$1,044,010-21%2,107-694$495$48,035,1704Open Road
11The Descendants$974,076-25%1,243-338$784$75,015,59414Fox Searchlight
12Big Miracle$825,170-8%1,634-499$505$16,707,0103Universal
13Red Tails$459,647-23%1,009-571$456$47,558,6295Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$854,109-16%8080$1,057$27,529,31913Weinstein Company
2Hugo$641,130-5%558-144$1,149$66,741,80813Paramount
3Underworld Awakening$374,546-20%826-831$453$61,380,4875Sony / Screen Gems
4The Iron Lady$358,579-21%623111$576$24,423,4908Weinstein Company
5One For the Money$257,275-21%933-1123$276$25,461,1474Lionsgate
6Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$209,835-21%577-798$364$30,630,5959Warner Bros.
7Contraband$176,400-21%420-661$420$65,765,7056Universal
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$176,045-18%400-102$440$129,683,21810Fox
9Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$170,185-27%403138$422$185,271,15610Warner Bros.
10Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$169,169-23%184-48$919$22,695,33811Focus
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$157,611-24%275-194$573$207,299,47910Paramount
12The Adventures of Tintin$135,694-18%30346$448$76,391,1709Paramount
13The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$118,904-18%189-80$629$101,364,9149Sony / Columbia
14War Horse$104,703-13%394-108$266$78,706,2989Disney / DreamWorks
15Man on a Ledge$103,071-25%401-1022$257$18,377,4564Lionsgate
16Beauty and the Beast 3D$102,192-2%214-464$478$46,999,1186Disney
17We Bought a Zoo$95,591-25%287-133$333$73,656,6549Fox
18Puss in Boots (2011)$79,53111%163-46$488$148,998,02617Paramount / DreamWorks
19My Week with Marilyn$72,040-14%120-5$600$13,642,95813Weinstein Company
20Albert Nobbs$68,854-16%119-32$579$2,360,2314Roadside Attractions
21Joyful Noise$65,759-27%340-346$193$30,307,8946Warner Bros.
22Jack and Jill$41,812-17%134-53$312$74,020,22315Sony / Columbia
23Happy Feet Two$35,063-16%135-67$260$63,826,40014Warner Bros.
24The Darkest Hour$32,605-21%11395$289$21,319,6969Summit
25The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$16,306-29%148-82$110$281,267,66314Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$74,570-22%98-13$761$1,026,3032UTV Communications
2Born to Be Wild 3D$54,790-6%451$1,218$16,373,13046Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Haywire$23,106-21%79-184$292$18,751,4605Relativity Media
4Shame$21,561-22%44-8$490$3,720,16712Fox Searchlight
5W.E.$18,847-11%203$942$206,9463Weinstein Company
6Coriolanus$14,615-9%132$1,124$321,9655Weinstein Company
7Undefeated$12,657-2%5--$2,531$33,1651Weinstein Company
8Young Adult$9,350-19%8752$107$16,295,03311Paramount
9Pariah (2011)$7,454-8%130$573$687,9228Focus
10The Devil Inside$4,413-21%34-61$130$53,180,7847Paramount
11New Year's Eve$3,231-41%33-122$98$54,538,01311Warner Bros. / New Line
12In the Land of Blood and Honey$2,295-26%8-2$287$284,9919FilmDistrict
13J. Edgar$1,82743%11-31$166$37,304,45115Warner Bros.
14Immortals$1,366-42%29-4$47$83,502,40315Relativity Media
15Vettai$1,342125%1-1$1,342$202,5816UTV Communications