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 Mon, May. 7 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$18,898,999-67%4,349--$4,346$226,337,7071Disney
2Think Like a Man$653,683-69%2,010-5$325$73,789,2833Sony / Screen Gems
3The Five-Year Engagement$470,560-64%2,9415$160$19,603,5752Universal
4The Hunger Games$424,660-72%2,794-778$152$381,039,3197Lionsgate
5The Lucky One (2012)$419,002-65%3,005-170$139$48,194,0623Warner Bros.
6The Pirates! Band of Misfits$271,921-84%3,3580$81$18,937,8622Sony / Columbia
7Safe (2012)$264,963-68%2,2715$117$13,345,8462Lionsgate
8The Raven$264,159-64%2,2096$120$12,440,2842Relativity Media
9Chimpanzee$190,242-76%1,531-36$124$23,292,1313Disneynature
10The Cabin in the Woods$177,731-59%1,669-970$106$38,196,4794Lionsgate
1121 Jump Street$102,663-63%1,040-780$99$134,118,4468Sony / Columbia
12The Three Stooges$94,034-83%2,174-931$43$39,763,0494Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Reunion$68,480-65%856-1298$80$55,369,5605Universal
2Mirror Mirror$47,023-80%922-1095$51$60,221,5216Relativity Media
3Bully (2012)$42,112-14%2630$160$2,580,1236Weinstein Company
4Titanic 3D$37,048-70%333-1076$111$57,327,5565Paramount
5Wrath of the Titans$34,261-74%715-857$48$81,654,0936Warner Bros.
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$31,260-75%521-362$60$209,066,12510Universal
7Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$26,884-59%247-88$109$8,252,0839CBS Films
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$17,174-79%303-98$57$102,290,28613Warner Bros. / New Line
9Lockout$14,635-67%311-948$47$13,909,0094Open Road
10Safe House$9,625-63%175-54$55$126,030,52513Universal
11Act of Valor$8,688-58%193-92$45$69,833,49211Relativity Media
12This Means War$8,127-53%171-61$48$54,492,09412Fox
13A Thousand Words$6,862-67%140-29$49$18,192,6259Paramount
14Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$6,089-55%143104$43$34,944,12211Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$78,731-65%27--$2,916$815,7821Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$34,240-33%500$685$1,059,2563Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$12,379-27%340$364$18,653,84957Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Sound of My Voice$5,519-60%2823$197$109,0692Fox Searchlight
5Casa de mi Padre$3,812-64%6832$56$5,853,0368Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Project X (2012)$3,737-55%72-83$52$54,701,35810Warner Bros.
7Chronicle$3,069-69%78-43$39$64,476,03814Fox
8Jeff Who Lives at Home$2,734-61%47-32$58$4,193,4448Paramount Vantage
9Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$2,214-72%30-37$74$1,139,3874Code Black Entertainment
10Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$1,957-75%75-36$26$133,032,41021Fox
11Friends With Kids$1,728-52%34-19$51$7,187,0689Roadside Attractions
12The Artist$1,570-68%41-9$38$44,244,43524Weinstein Company
13Coriolanus$1,565-57%184$87$729,24116Weinstein Company
14Undefeated$1,118-43%13-7$86$532,21212Weinstein Company
15Blue Like Jazz$955-67%20-26$48$579,0504Roadside Attractions
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$818-44%17-10$48$43,446,90513Fox
17Touchback$536-73%12-16$45$197,7554Anchor Bay Films
18Red Tails$287-68%12-11$24$49,858,69316Fox
19W.E.$244-77%6-4$41$582,31914Weinstein Company
20Albert Nobbs$13-99%5-11$3$3,013,82515Roadside Attractions