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. 24 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brave$18,006,143-24%4,164--$4,324$66,323,5941Disney
2Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$5,767,643-26%3,920-343$1,471$157,086,0373Paramount / DreamWorks
3Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$4,391,308-22%3,108--$1,413$16,306,9741Fox
4Prometheus$3,043,952-23%2,862-580$1,064$108,452,3503Fox
5That's My Boy$2,320,733-19%3,0300$766$27,910,7942Sony / Columbia
6Snow White and the Huntsman$2,320,605-29%2,919-782$795$137,128,3504Universal
7Rock of Ages$2,014,348-35%3,4700$581$28,418,6212Warner Bros. / New Line
8Marvel's The Avengers$1,923,466-37%2,230-352$863$598,425,4428Disney
9Men in Black 3$1,639,168-30%2,462-673$666$163,465,7075Sony / Columbia
10Seeking a Friend for the End of the World$1,046,859-30%1,625--$644$3,822,8031Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$996,727-28%395217$2,523$11,613,8285Focus
2The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$476,634-32%741-443$643$38,383,9638Fox Searchlight
3The Hunger Games$184,755-28%414-179$446$402,964,54014Lionsgate
4Battleship$152,145-29%483-459$315$63,190,1056Universal
5Safety Not Guaranteed$139,798-29%12982$1,084$1,074,5333FilmDistrict
6The Dictator$108,989-28%316-803$345$58,705,0526Paramount
7For Greater Glory$103,11522%160-220$644$5,081,9934ARC Entertainment
8What to Expect When You're Expecting$93,144-38%411-805$227$39,797,9476Lionsgate
9Think Like a Man$74,088-31%23830$311$91,041,62910Sony / Screen Gems
10Dark Shadows$69,768-36%302-378$231$75,753,1077Warner Bros.
11Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$58,500-28%234-43$250$212,901,27517Universal
1221 Jump Street$47,320-14%160-60$296$138,264,31515Sony / Columbia
13Chernobyl Diaries$43,857-14%240-15$183$17,885,4325Warner Bros.
14The Cabin in the Woods$43,569-18%196-28$222$41,777,29211Lionsgate
15Mirror Mirror$41,511-34%222-56$187$64,248,38513Relativity Media
16The Three Stooges$35,084-21%154-47$228$43,656,89011Fox
17The Lucky One (2012)$32,752-31%202-148$162$60,154,23810Warner Bros.
18The Raven$21,011-19%133104$158$15,915,9439Relativity Media
19The Pirates! Band of Misfits$18,179-32%115-34$158$29,262,6979Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$104,970-31%74-3$1,419$2,093,5165Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$58,692-19%521$1,129$4,063,64110Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$17,356-26%85-23$204$103,812,24120Warner Bros. / New Line
4Born to Be Wild 3D$16,100-17%330$488$19,596,59364Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Lola Versus$14,460-22%50-2$289$203,0943Fox Searchlight
6Wrath of the Titans$14,425-22%70-35$206$83,640,42613Warner Bros.
7Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$12,620-7%16-141$789$266,1472Indomina Media
8Rowdy Rathore$5,38632%9-23$598$770,4464UTV Communications
9Crooked Arrows$3,0471%25-72$122$1,787,8096Branded/Peck Films