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, Mar. 16 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
121 Jump Street$13,239,489--3,121--$4,242$13,239,4891Sony / Columbia
2Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$6,784,20098%3,76923$1,800$142,407,2153Universal
3John Carter$3,968,48789%3,7490$1,059$43,625,9402Disney
4Project X (2012)$1,545,14560%2,922-133$529$45,670,9913Warner Bros.
5Act of Valor$1,143,21681%2,765-186$413$59,863,5854Relativity Media
6A Thousand Words$1,130,794120%1,8955$597$9,483,6152Paramount
7Safe House$825,60083%1,920-224$430$118,318,6956Universal
8The Vow$760,35588%2,175-303$350$119,823,6106Sony / Screen Gems
9This Means War$760,27999%1,660-289$458$49,160,0615Fox
10Silent House (2012)$733,22185%2,1240$345$9,224,9652Open Road
11Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$717,76446%1,935-590$371$93,323,4506Warner Bros. / New Line
12Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$401,34683%1,016-500$395$31,757,6794Lionsgate
13The Artist$306,79547%1,155-350$266$41,372,21417Weinstein Company
14Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$268,12529%1,024-780$262$49,150,5175Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Casa de mi Padre$780,056--382--$2,042$780,0561Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Friends With Kids$457,287163%640271$715$3,187,2692Roadside Attractions
3Jeff Who Lives at Home$269,351--254--$1,060$269,3511Paramount Vantage
4Wanderlust$171,0250%698-522$245$16,395,1254Universal
5Chronicle$153,09351%432-163$354$62,823,0547Fox
6Hugo$135,770124%38370$354$72,642,45017Paramount
7The Iron Lady$119,53082%4569$262$28,308,80112Weinstein Company
8Gone$101,0058%476-668$212$11,193,0994Summit
9The Descendants$88,32846%347-170$255$81,793,13918Fox Searchlight
10The Woman in Black$84,21460%305-128$276$53,316,3737CBS Films
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$81,58368%286-1$285$131,453,53514Fox
12Seeking Justice$75,712--231--$328$75,7121Anchor Bay Films
13Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$71,35183%2290$312$208,616,66214Paramount
14The Grey$44,823213%21968$205$51,062,1058Open Road
15Big Miracle$42,480124%236-2$180$19,703,9307Universal
16We Bought a Zoo$41,56666%188-40$221$74,808,37213Fox
17Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$35,3511%156-102$227$43,005,5926Fox
18Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$28,55657%125-83$228$186,620,16914Warner Bros.
19Red Tails$25,734118%152-26$169$49,414,7839Fox
20The Adventures of Tintin$24,8221%123-30$202$77,508,58513Paramount
21The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$21,401--108-103$198$102,465,22713Sony / Columbia
22One For the Money$20,713539%11248$185$26,153,5828Lionsgate
23Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$12,6387%105-97$120$31,769,97313Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$120,444486%6244$1,943$428,8442CBS Films
2Joyful Noise$89,6891245%65-38$1,380$30,899,35810Warner Bros.
3Born to Be Wild 3D$54,22848%400$1,356$17,185,81850Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Being Flynn$41,767805%8876$475$161,7533Focus
5Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$29,28649%86-23$341$24,031,02715Focus
6Undefeated$13,713153%218$653$291,7725Weinstein Company
7The Devil Inside$11,2073587%7767$146$53,217,74311Paramount
8Coriolanus$10,03971%212$478$507,5179Weinstein Company
9Albert Nobbs$8,75940%483$182$2,823,1428Roadside Attractions
10My Week with Marilyn$8,237-13%50-70$165$14,536,67517Weinstein Company
11W.E.$7,14662%20-4$357$409,4097Weinstein Company
12Haywire$4,347-26%69-13$63$18,924,9429Relativity Media
13Paan Singh Tomar$86665%50$173$36,3033UTV Communications
14Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$254-76%3-7$85$176,4224UTV Communications