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, Jun. 4 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snow White and the Huntsman$5,376,525-63%3,773--$1,425$61,594,2251Universal
2Men in Black 3$2,727,859-65%4,2480$642$113,806,6222Sony / Columbia
3Marvel's The Avengers$2,042,375-65%3,670-248$557$554,992,7735Disney
4The Dictator$561,166-58%2,649-365$212$51,373,5303Paramount
5The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$545,660-56%1,29461$422$25,925,3485Fox Searchlight
6What to Expect When You're Expecting$524,071-53%2,907-114$180$31,226,1713Lionsgate
7Battleship$518,760-64%3,144-558$165$55,923,9053Universal
8Chernobyl Diaries$418,477-50%2,4330$172$14,916,6982Warner Bros.
9Dark Shadows$408,058-58%3,002-402$136$71,085,1044Warner Bros.
10The Hunger Games$208,749-52%1,099-322$190$398,549,68311Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For Greater Glory$180,632-72%757--$239$2,066,2401ARC Entertainment
2Think Like a Man$67,244-60%509-277$132$89,780,4927Sony / Screen Gems
3The Pirates! Band of Misfits$63,425-67%585-299$108$28,623,8296Sony / Columbia
4Crooked Arrows$57,355-60%327260$175$1,212,6903Branded/Peck Films
5Mirror Mirror$47,860-52%357-65$134$62,959,66810Relativity Media
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$47,250-51%315-75$150$211,533,11014Universal
7The Lucky One (2012)$36,393-53%404-211$90$59,005,5047Warner Bros.
8The Three Stooges$28,706-62%285-40$101$42,775,5188Fox
9Rowdy Rathore$26,881-77%120--$224$408,6651UTV Communications
10Wrath of the Titans$20,898-55%205-50$102$83,242,66610Warner Bros.
11The Five-Year Engagement$19,620-58%218-56$90$28,304,2206Universal
12Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$19,211-50%155-20$124$103,365,41917Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Cabin in the Woods$16,152-50%136-67$119$41,180,4928Lionsgate
14Safe (2012)$13,868-57%17563$79$16,954,6606Lionsgate
15High School$13,088-48%200--$65$95,9201Anchor Bay Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$118,844-57%1612$7,428$1,855,9372Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$52,816-3%500$1,056$2,833,3167Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$33,706-65%5046$674$522,2692Weinstein Company
4Piranha 3DD$21,811-57%86--$254$204,0481Weinstein Company
5Born to Be Wild 3D$16,30312%33-1$494$19,240,59961Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Bully (2012)$16,015172%88-16$182$3,405,33810Weinstein Company
7Titanic 3D$6,574-40%5210$126$57,865,9939Paramount
8Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$4,986-60%60-27$83$9,030,09313CBS Films
9The Artist$4,474-49%8767$51$44,619,82928Weinstein Company
10Sound of My Voice$4,078-52%486$85$365,6156Fox Searchlight
11The Raven$3,255-39%61-50$53$15,794,3616Relativity Media
12Girl in Progress$3,153-73%50-93$63$2,515,0414Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Friends With Kids$427-47%8-1$53$7,246,15913Roadside Attractions
14Act of Valor$231-89%19-20$12$70,011,30415Relativity Media
15Undefeated$208-67%60$35$561,26216Weinstein Company
16Red Tails$180-34%5-2$36$49,875,76920Fox
17Blue Like Jazz$10-75%1-2$10$594,9148Roadside Attractions