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, Mar. 29 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$8,173,4002%4,137--$1,976$189,932,8381Lionsgate
221 Jump Street$1,926,0798%3,1210$617$78,052,6242Sony / Columbia
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,047,94510%3,677-92$285$181,547,8004Universal
4John Carter$436,6513%3,212-537$136$64,204,3393Disney
5Act of Valor$215,31710%2,219-546$97$66,743,4945Relativity Media
6Project X (2012)$191,3445%2,065-857$93$52,546,7764Warner Bros.
7A Thousand Words$160,4376%1,787-108$90$15,605,4813Paramount
8Safe House$133,0255%1,330-590$100$123,101,7307Universal
9Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$122,1722%1,340-595$91$97,645,2077Warner Bros. / New Line
10This Means War$103,04711%1,188-472$87$52,659,2896Fox
11The Vow$101,35120%1,258-917$81$123,143,2167Sony / Screen Gems
12Silent House (2012)$57,4447%1,202-922$48$12,195,8773Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Casa de mi Padre$97,4188%47593$205$4,421,5992Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Friends With Kids$86,1153%558-82$154$5,865,8753Roadside Attractions
3Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$66,3430%12462$535$1,896,9793CBS Films
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$59,8944%2540$236$2,014,0782Paramount Vantage
5The Artist$59,004-2%576-579$102$43,266,77318Weinstein Company
6Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$46,32414%621-395$75$34,131,8325Lionsgate
7The Iron Lady$36,0415%327-129$110$29,232,79313Weinstein Company
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$33,1767%248-38$134$132,143,49615Fox
9Hugo$28,422-3%283-100$100$73,558,56018Paramount
10Chronicle$25,00413%292-140$86$63,625,2008Fox
11The Descendants$18,41310%199-148$93$82,348,77619Fox Searchlight
12We Bought a Zoo$17,97313%155-33$116$75,171,29814Fox
13Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$16,7007%200-29$84$209,132,47215Paramount
14Wanderlust$16,3357%235-463$70$17,181,4505Universal
15The Grey$13,8472%204-15$68$51,413,7739Open Road
16Big Miracle$13,4409%224-12$60$20,017,9058Universal
17The Woman in Black$12,26518%180-125$68$53,792,9768CBS Films
18Red Tails$11,46613%131-21$88$49,643,57810Fox
19One For the Money$8,94816%15139$59$26,333,1619Lionsgate
20Gone$6,4463%183-293$35$11,552,6375Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$29,55512%400$739$17,560,28851Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Being Flynn$8,525-7%73-15$117$437,7574Focus
3Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$7,66819%74-82$104$43,247,4077Fox
4Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$7,53410%86-39$88$186,792,89315Warner Bros.
5Albert Nobbs$4,712-16%44-4$107$2,913,9969Roadside Attractions
6Undefeated$4,30632%17-4$253$392,5486Weinstein Company
7Seeking Justice$3,984-5%74-157$54$406,9482Anchor Bay Films
8Coriolanus$3,038-2%19-2$160$581,40010Weinstein Company
9Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$3,0297%50-55$61$31,847,88114Warner Bros.
10W.E.$2,5979%18-2$144$471,6438Weinstein Company
11My Week with Marilyn$2,38930%44-6$54$14,590,15318Weinstein Company