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 Fri, Jul. 13 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ice Age: Continental Drift$16,728,341--3,881--$4,310$16,728,3411Fox
2The Amazing Spider-Man$10,198,41266%4,3180$2,362$176,070,6592Sony / Columbia
3Ted (2012)$6,903,27084%3,30347$2,090$143,749,6653Universal
4Magic Mike$3,407,13739%3,090-30$1,103$86,227,2123Warner Bros.
5Brave$3,289,27527%3,392-499$970$188,190,0724Disney
6Savages$2,740,40093%2,6357$1,040$25,471,8502Universal
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$1,794,27981%2,004-157$895$51,821,9733Lionsgate
8Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$1,313,66031%2,7322$481$16,166,5972Paramount
9Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$1,067,5623%2,285-576$467$201,299,2846Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,044,576110%92440$1,130$29,823,0718Focus
2Marvel's The Avengers$395,43437%747-378$529$612,657,16611Disney
3Snow White and the Huntsman$311,42054%677-475$460$150,919,9507Universal
4Prometheus$278,61919%559-546$498$123,607,3806Fox
5Men in Black 3$269,98734%497-382$543$174,182,0508Sony / Columbia
6People Like Us$239,080-20%961-1094$249$10,640,3033Disney / DreamWorks
7Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$228,359-15%655-1002$349$35,376,4484Fox
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$167,92259%342-17$491$42,557,69811Fox Searchlight
9That's My Boy$101,28335%172-228$589$36,515,3385Sony / Columbia
10Safety Not Guaranteed$94,179206%18273$517$2,376,7696FilmDistrict
11Rock of Ages$85,2974%255-446$334$37,373,2925Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Hunger Games$81,31556%212-16$384$404,666,21117Lionsgate
13Battleship$74,09580%228-21$325$64,569,6509Universal
14Dark Shadows$67,60340%239-64$283$77,108,86510Warner Bros.
15What to Expect When You're Expecting$56,63763%221-15$256$40,610,2879Lionsgate
16The Pirates! Band of Misfits$55,026--232-25$237$30,347,04312Sony / Columbia
17Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$48,72074%168-7$290$213,650,98020Universal
18The Dictator$31,42739%161-25$195$59,432,4049Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beasts of the Southern Wild$212,290456%8162$2,621$1,114,4303Fox Searchlight
2The Intouchables$88,146152%8323$1,062$3,313,3018Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$66,279-6%520$1,275$5,381,50813Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Bol Bachchan$61,256--980$625$836,6782Fox International Pictures
5The Obama Effect$52,922--25--$2,117$52,9221ARC Entertainment
6The Three Stooges$40,137327%72-4$557$43,987,58314Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$21,72153%330$658$19,920,62167Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Mirror Mirror$16,99626%91-28$187$64,723,23116Relativity Media
9For Greater Glory$13,791106%423$328$5,453,5617ARC Entertainment
10The Lucky One (2012)$7,001-13%41-31$171$60,429,38513Warner Bros.
11Easy Money (2012)$5,846266%2--$2,923$8,9451Weinstein Company
12Chernobyl Diaries$5,42066%23-15$236$18,103,4528Warner Bros.
13The Imposter$5,264--1--$5,264$5,2641Indomina Releasing
14A Cat In Paris$3,810--18--$212$195,3427GKIDS
15Crooked Arrows$2,07993%9-2$231$1,827,6889Branded/Peck Films