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 Sun, May. 20 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$16,820,987-29%4,249-100$3,959$457,665,5173Disney
2Battleship$7,029,450-28%3,690--$1,905$25,534,8251Universal
3The Dictator$5,056,092-24%3,008--$1,681$24,476,1731Paramount
4Dark Shadows$3,451,429-35%3,7550$919$50,721,7592Warner Bros.
5What to Expect When You're Expecting$2,611,017-36%3,021--$864$10,547,0681Lionsgate
6The Hunger Games$855,285-33%2,064-467$414$391,581,4419Lionsgate
7Think Like a Man$678,437-42%1,722-330$394$85,838,4605Sony / Screen Gems
8The Pirates! Band of Misfits$573,441-12%1,840-1239$312$25,490,1364Sony / Columbia
9The Lucky One (2012)$447,468-39%2,005-834$223$56,934,6285Warner Bros.
10The Five-Year Engagement$311,375-33%1,175-1394$265$27,103,0104Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$1,003,886-26%354176$2,836$8,228,0253Fox Searchlight
2Chimpanzee$210,986-23%895-664$236$27,008,5155Disneynature
3Girl in Progress$154,319-15%3220$479$2,137,3712Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Wrath of the Titans$153,299-20%36095$426$82,520,2908Warner Bros.
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$140,230-30%379-76$370$210,191,32512Universal
6Mirror Mirror$131,745-24%407-200$324$61,551,2368Relativity Media
7The Three Stooges$113,315-44%594-822$191$41,830,6326Fox
8The Cabin in the Woods$106,730-34%448-581$238$40,551,6396Lionsgate
9Safe (2012)$102,606-12%503-1187$204$16,589,9504Lionsgate
1021 Jump Street$98,716-31%261-328$378$135,700,23310Sony / Columbia
11American Reunion$76,850-29%290-231$265$56,494,9557Universal
12Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$61,802-33%245-15$252$102,859,61515Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Raven$60,523-41%432-1456$140$15,545,7864Relativity Media
14Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$26,976-36%134-66$201$8,721,03711CBS Films
15Lockout$23,418-37%191-64$123$14,291,5706Open Road
16Bully (2012)$20,461-24%204-59$100$3,120,1298Weinstein Company
17A Thousand Words$17,408-32%110-17$158$18,374,52711Paramount
18The Artist$8,569-23%103-648$83$44,549,45126Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$62,109-13%490$1,268$1,835,1695Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Crooked Arrows$50,383-42%55--$916$256,3461Branded/Peck Films
3Act of Valor$25,44152%96-22$265$69,978,44013Relativity Media
4Titanic 3D$16,188-21%70-87$231$57,736,2357Paramount
5Born to Be Wild 3D$15,172-12%340$446$18,920,16459Warner Bros. / IMAX
6This Means War$10,705-63%90-42$119$54,670,70414Fox
7Sound of My Voice$9,357-21%37-9$253$249,7274Fox Searchlight
8Friends With Kids$3,702-15%25-11$148$7,226,51011Roadside Attractions
9Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$3,352-41%17-6$197$1,201,5626Code Black Entertainment
10Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$2,820-35%8-2$353$30,9492UTV Communications
11The Road (2012)$2,033-17%10-40$203$88,8712Freestyle Releasing
12Coriolanus$1,619-24%8-3$202$749,64118Weinstein Company
13Lovely Molly$1,337-34%5--$267$12,5541Image Entertainment
14Undefeated$1,292-23%9-4$144$548,47014Weinstein Company
15Red Tails$54096%3-6$180$49,868,80818Fox
16Blue Like Jazz$466-41%7-4$67$592,5896Roadside Attractions
17Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$15832%1-11$158$43,455,91615Fox
18Touchback$28-90%3-3$9$204,0686Anchor Bay Films