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 Wed, May. 16 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$6,339,757-25%4,3490$1,458$395,813,0472Disney
2The Dictator$4,175,274--3,003--$1,390$4,175,2740Paramount
3Dark Shadows$1,841,116-29%3,755--$490$36,449,0531Warner Bros.
4Think Like a Man$380,482-26%2,0177$189$82,810,0614Sony / Screen Gems
5The Hunger Games$376,509-19%2,531-263$149$388,246,7958Lionsgate
6The Lucky One (2012)$311,464-28%2,839-166$110$54,847,0074Warner Bros.
7The Five-Year Engagement$285,480-38%2,569-372$111$25,718,1353Universal
8The Pirates! Band of Misfits$205,009-19%2,848-510$72$23,702,9523Sony / Columbia
9Chimpanzee$136,187-25%1,400-131$97$26,179,1604Disneynature
10The Raven$125,848-27%1,888-321$67$15,181,7223Relativity Media
11Safe (2012)$107,369-49%1,690-581$64$16,197,1833Lionsgate
12The Cabin in the Woods$84,206-35%1,029-640$82$40,086,4685Lionsgate
13The Three Stooges$53,417-24%1,027-1147$52$41,339,1775Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$321,998-7%178151$1,809$4,693,0682Fox Searchlight
2Girl in Progress$62,300-27%322--$193$1,623,8551Lionsgate / Pantelion
321 Jump Street$46,637-41%510-530$91$135,307,7329Sony / Columbia
4Bully (2012)$39,428-12%2630$150$2,981,8547Weinstein Company
5Mirror Mirror$37,738-13%607-315$62$61,110,4267Relativity Media
6American Reunion$36,210-42%521-335$70$56,190,5806Universal
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$34,920-4%455-66$77$209,699,75011Universal
8Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$19,836-17%200-47$99$8,607,80110CBS Films
9The Artist$19,651-10%751710$26$44,501,65725Weinstein Company
10Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$17,517-11%260-43$67$102,634,39014Warner Bros. / New Line
11Titanic 3D$15,463-26%157-176$98$57,668,3606Paramount
12Lockout$15,129-19%255-56$59$14,187,2525Open Road
13Wrath of the Titans$10,932-40%265-450$41$82,033,6407Warner Bros.
14Safe House$7,495-15%136-39$55$126,173,47014Universal
15This Means War$6,468-1%132-39$49$54,605,48713Fox
16Jeff Who Lives at Home$6,186-9%11770$53$4,263,3379Paramount Vantage
17A Thousand Words$6,067-10%127-13$48$18,311,70610Paramount
18Act of Valor$4,938-18%118-75$42$69,920,21612Relativity Media
19Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$3,384-27%110-33$31$35,022,06812Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$51,94022%49-1$1,060$1,548,8334Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$25,80053%340$759$18,840,99558Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sound of My Voice$6,356-29%4618$138$212,0083Fox Searchlight
4The Road (2012)$5,375-32%50--$108$77,4321Freestyle Releasing
5Casa de mi Padre$3,436-5%56-12$61$5,906,0279Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Chronicle$2,845-5%51-27$56$64,520,24115Fox
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$2,3170%67-8$35$133,068,78522Fox
8Friends With Kids$2,063-17%362$57$7,213,05010Roadside Attractions
9Project X (2012)$1,823-7%40-32$46$54,730,09611Warner Bros.
10Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$1,689-20%23-7$73$1,187,4715Code Black Entertainment
11Coriolanus$1,1713%11-7$106$743,33817Weinstein Company
12Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$1,049-39%10--$105$20,7661UTV Communications
13Blue Like Jazz$58732%11-9$53$590,1165Roadside Attractions
14Undefeated$540-57%130$42$543,77513Weinstein Company
15Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$473-15%12-5$39$43,455,09314Fox
16Tonight You're Mine$249-11%2--$125$2,9261Roadside Attractions
17Red Tails$24190%9-3$27$49,867,41417Fox
18Touchback$184-3%4-8$46$203,4935Anchor Bay Films
19Albert Nobbs$881157%2-3$44$3,014,67616Roadside Attractions