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 Sat, May. 5 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$69,557,990-14%4,349--$15,994$150,371,9751Disney
2Think Like a Man$3,299,97624%2,010-5$1,642$70,999,6203Sony / Screen Gems
3The Pirates! Band of Misfits$2,457,54686%3,3580$732$16,944,1392Sony / Columbia
4The Hunger Games$2,426,87749%2,794-778$869$379,083,9217Lionsgate
5The Lucky One (2012)$2,211,36014%3,005-170$736$46,564,1413Warner Bros.
6The Five-Year Engagement$2,043,99522%2,9415$695$17,824,2702Universal
7The Raven$1,047,75623%2,2096$474$11,436,9012Relativity Media
8Chimpanzee$1,004,31943%1,531-36$656$22,324,8893Disneynature
9Safe (2012)$1,003,14218%2,2715$442$12,253,6122Lionsgate
10The Three Stooges$800,36368%2,174-931$368$39,114,6834Fox
11The Cabin in the Woods$617,86720%1,669-970$370$37,587,5584Lionsgate
1221 Jump Street$444,63223%1,040-780$428$133,740,4878Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Reunion$342,40023%856-1298$400$55,104,2005Universal
2Mirror Mirror$326,01872%922-1095$354$59,943,9596Relativity Media
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$195,37583%521-362$375$208,909,82510Universal
4Wrath of the Titans$184,31427%715-857$258$81,488,9656Warner Bros.
5Titanic 3D$147,09353%333-1076$442$57,168,4465Paramount
6Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$127,94070%303-98$422$102,189,42713Warner Bros. / New Line
7Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$126,09169%247-88$510$8,159,5129CBS Films
8Lockout$92,65612%311-948$298$13,849,9464Open Road
9Bully (2012)$60,592-1%2630$230$2,488,9136Weinstein Company
10Safe House$48,12549%175-54$275$125,994,65013Universal
11This Means War$37,16030%171-61$217$54,466,49412Fox
12A Thousand Words$35,19565%140-29$251$18,165,1769Paramount
13The Vow$34,03537%157-61$217$124,918,66313Sony / Screen Gems
14Act of Valor$30,15128%193-92$156$69,804,29011Relativity Media
15Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$26,37143%143104$184$34,924,50411Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$312,24758%27--$11,565$509,3011Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$70,1825%500$1,404$973,8463Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$43,44867%95-32$457$51,756,92212Sony / Columbia
4Sound of My Voice$23,51737%2823$840$89,9102Fox Searchlight
5Born to Be Wild 3D$21,520-34%340$633$18,624,57357Warner Bros. / IMAX
6A Beautiful Soul$16,7492%20--$837$33,1051Tyscot Manhaddon Films
7Chronicle$13,20545%78-43$169$64,463,06314Fox
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$12,713185%75-36$170$133,022,55321Fox
9Project X (2012)$12,56937%72-83$175$54,689,28110Warner Bros.
10Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$11,55542%30-37$385$1,129,2394Code Black Entertainment
11Jeff Who Lives at Home$11,49634%47-32$245$4,183,7628Paramount Vantage
12Casa de mi Padre$11,03227%6832$162$5,838,7268Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Friends With Kids$6,94226%34-19$204$7,181,7059Roadside Attractions
14The Artist$6,30452%41-9$154$44,237,94524Weinstein Company
15We Bought a Zoo$6,29098%38-14$166$75,604,35420Fox
16Coriolanus$5,34832%184$297$724,07416Weinstein Company
17Blue Like Jazz$4,23435%20-26$212$575,2194Roadside Attractions
18Touchback$3,36862%12-16$281$195,2394Anchor Bay Films
19Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$3,23542%17-10$190$43,444,62613Fox
20Undefeated$2,47413%13-7$190$529,13512Weinstein Company
21Red Tails$1,99130%12-11$166$49,857,50216Fox
22W.E.$1,242238%6-4$207$581,02014Weinstein Company
23Albert Nobbs$78651%5-11$157$3,012,51115Roadside Attractions