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, Jun. 3 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snow White and the Huntsman$14,714,700-30%3,773--$3,900$56,217,7001Universal
2Men in Black 3$7,809,305-36%4,2480$1,838$111,078,7632Sony / Columbia
3Marvel's The Avengers$5,826,863-35%3,670-248$1,588$552,950,3985Disney
4Battleship$1,430,520-35%3,144-558$455$55,405,1453Universal
5The Dictator$1,320,684-33%2,649-365$499$50,812,3643Paramount
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$1,231,475-38%1,29461$952$25,379,6885Fox Searchlight
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$1,124,243-39%2,907-114$387$30,702,1003Lionsgate
8Dark Shadows$970,883-42%3,002-402$323$70,677,0464Warner Bros.
9Chernobyl Diaries$843,887-32%2,4330$347$14,498,2212Warner Bros.
10The Hunger Games$434,899-36%1,099-322$396$398,340,93411Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For Greater Glory$639,418-3%757--$845$1,885,6081ARC Entertainment
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$194,915-32%585-299$333$28,560,4046Sony / Columbia
3Think Like a Man$169,627-46%509-277$333$89,713,2487Sony / Screen Gems
4Crooked Arrows$142,838-39%327260$437$1,155,3353Branded/Peck Films
5Rowdy Rathore$116,350-27%120--$970$381,7841UTV Communications
6Mirror Mirror$99,755-33%357-65$279$62,911,80810Relativity Media
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$96,075-32%315-75$305$211,485,86014Universal
821 Jump Street$94,183-42%330-34$285$137,181,72312Sony / Columbia
9The Lucky One (2012)$77,542-47%404-211$192$58,969,1117Warner Bros.
10The Three Stooges$75,189-35%285-40$264$42,746,8128Fox
11The Five-Year Engagement$46,865-42%218-56$215$28,284,6006Universal
12Wrath of the Titans$46,438-30%205-50$227$83,221,76810Warner Bros.
13Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$38,060-26%155-20$246$103,346,20817Warner Bros. / New Line
14Safe (2012)$32,263-25%17563$184$16,940,7926Lionsgate
15The Cabin in the Woods$32,049-30%136-67$236$41,164,3408Lionsgate
16High School$25,247-14%200--$126$82,7401Anchor Bay Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$274,317-22%1612$17,145$1,737,0932Focus
2The Intouchables$94,963-36%5046$1,899$488,5632Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$54,695-31%500$1,094$2,780,5007Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Piranha 3DD$50,462-26%86--$587$182,2371Weinstein Company
5Born to Be Wild 3D$14,603-20%33-1$443$19,224,29661Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$12,538-45%60-27$209$9,025,10713CBS Films
7Girl in Progress$11,701-9%50-93$234$2,511,8884Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Titanic 3D$10,937-15%5210$210$57,859,4199Paramount
9The Artist$8,709-30%8767$100$44,615,35528Weinstein Company
10Sound of My Voice$8,560-24%486$178$361,5376Fox Searchlight
11Bully (2012)$5,891-30%88-16$67$3,389,32310Weinstein Company
12The Raven$5,376-33%61-50$88$15,791,1066Relativity Media
13Act of Valor$2,14974%19-20$113$70,011,07315Relativity Media
14Friends With Kids$807-33%8-1$101$7,245,73213Roadside Attractions
15Undefeated$636-48%60$106$561,05416Weinstein Company
16Red Tails$273-73%5-2$55$49,875,58920Fox
17Blue Like Jazz$40-51%1-2$40$594,9048Roadside Attractions