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 Thu, Jun. 14 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$5,411,245-6%4,258--$1,271$84,950,5321Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prometheus$3,324,899-18%3,396--$979$68,658,1271Fox
3Snow White and the Huntsman$2,211,050-8%3,7774$585$108,797,0352Universal
4Men in Black 3$1,551,034-6%3,792-456$409$142,678,9833Sony / Columbia
5Marvel's The Avengers$1,305,722-3%3,129-541$417$577,888,9046Disney
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$447,740-8%1,2984$345$32,933,4956Fox Searchlight
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$367,489-7%2,087-820$176$37,436,0014Lionsgate
8The Dictator$271,967-15%1,651-998$165$56,568,2634Paramount
9Battleship$253,050-7%1,954-1190$130$60,903,6704Universal
10Dark Shadows$178,359-2%1,550-1452$115$74,532,6285Warner Bros.
11Chernobyl Diaries$114,421-10%1,180-1253$97$17,460,2083Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$155,610-1%751-348$207$400,913,62012Lionsgate
2For Greater Glory$119,0300%642-115$185$3,997,4372ARC Entertainment
3Mirror Mirror$53,5127%303-54$177$63,679,63211Relativity Media
4Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$52,2906%290-25$180$212,229,87015Universal
5The Lucky One (2012)$47,848-4%402-2$119$59,677,2288Warner Bros.
6Think Like a Man$36,468-7%287-222$127$90,476,1468Sony / Screen Gems
7The Three Stooges$28,717-1%245-40$117$43,238,3749Fox
8Crooked Arrows$28,056-3%278-49$101$1,674,2604Branded/Peck Films
9The Pirates! Band of Misfits$20,9045%317-268$66$29,048,9557Sony / Columbia
10Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$16,7481%126-29$133$103,617,52218Warner Bros. / New Line
11Wrath of the Titans$15,8052%150-55$105$83,472,81811Warner Bros.
12The Five-Year Engagement$13,990-5%175-43$80$28,552,3307Universal
13The Cabin in the Woods$11,3483%113-23$100$41,334,1939Lionsgate
14Safe (2012)$7,903-1%111-64$71$17,084,5187Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$213,117-7%9680$2,220$4,601,7363Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$65,92616%511$1,293$3,417,2098Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$43,452-12%7727$564$1,195,6173Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$16,256-4%330$493$19,423,97162Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Safety Not Guaranteed$10,757-16%9--$1,195$143,5051FilmDistrict
6Girl in Progress$5,92528%577$104$2,575,5045Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Piranha 3DD$4,445-6%78-8$57$339,7882Weinstein Company
8Bully (2012)$4,386-11%31-57$141$3,480,97111Weinstein Company
9Lola Versus$3,511-12%4--$878$46,2121Fox Searchlight
10The Artist$2,53326%36-51$70$44,660,12629Weinstein Company
11The Raven$2,232-21%34-27$66$15,827,9427Relativity Media
12Sound of My Voice$1,3685%24-24$57$391,9107Fox Searchlight
13High School$70810%4-196$177$139,0342Anchor Bay Films
14Friends With Kids$118-69%5-3$24$7,251,07314Roadside Attractions