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, Oct. 12 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sinister$7,416,439--2,527--$2,935$7,416,4391Lionsgate / Summit
2Taken 2$7,083,104182%3,70645$1,911$71,341,9562Fox
3Argo$5,891,522--3,232--$1,823$5,891,5221Warner Bros.
4Hotel Transylvania$4,190,403279%3,37523$1,242$89,083,0203Sony / Columbia
5Here Comes the Boom$3,596,217--3,014--$1,193$3,596,2171Sony / Columbia
6Pitch Perfect$3,010,125198%2,78717$1,080$29,758,5883Universal
7Looper$1,883,698102%2,605-388$723$47,026,1233Sony / TriStar
8Frankenweenie$1,801,916201%3,0050$600$16,822,5842Disney
9Seven Psychopaths$1,356,781--1,480--$917$1,356,7811CBS Films
10Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$702,046--1,012--$694$702,0461Atlas Distribution
11End of Watch$525,00346%1,551-819$338$35,197,1784Open Road
12Trouble with the Curve$474,04756%1,812-1191$262$31,692,1564Warner Bros.
13House at the End of the Street$434,945107%1,866-854$233$29,120,9494Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$691,325405%726505$952$4,676,7704Lionsgate / Summit
2The Master$221,65067%682-182$325$13,318,5585Weinstein Company
3The Dark Knight Rises$150,026120%465-110$323$445,838,62313Warner Bros.
4Arbitrage$88,455108%194-50$456$6,398,3445Roadside Attractions
5Finding Nemo 3D$77,637-36%480-1266$162$39,805,8675Disney
6Resident Evil: Retribution$71,830-31%349-1012$206$41,583,9565Sony / Screen Gems
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$57,925152%237-63$244$159,647,13514Fox
8The Possession$52,00345%369-452$141$48,623,0277Lionsgate
9The Bourne Legacy$51,45064%245-237$210$112,473,73010Universal
10Won't Back Down$34,098-66%513-2004$66$4,994,0813Fox
11Dredd 3D$30,808-55%155-676$199$13,080,5044Lionsgate
12ParaNorman$30,794115%176-166$175$54,451,4069Focus
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$30,149150%176-81$171$48,348,71411Fox
14Ted (2012)$28,95563%145-42$200$218,445,10016Universal
15Hope Springs (2012)$27,084--215-224$126$63,374,75610Sony / Columbia
16Premium Rush$25,851--16386$159$20,057,1998Sony / Columbia
17Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$19,700103%122-33$161$216,299,80819Paramount / DreamWorks
18The Expendables 2$18,98764%146-167$130$84,454,9779Lionsgate
19Lawless$18,6661%287-324$65$37,115,1197Weinstein Company
20The Campaign$12,988-10%101-202$129$86,351,55110Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$26,00740%520$500$9,060,47226Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Amazing Spider-Man$14,993--73-72$205$261,994,80815Sony / Columbia
3The Intouchables$12,19311%59-25$207$12,707,50421Weinstein Company
4Moonrise Kingdom$10,96861%56-36$196$45,426,61621Focus
5The Other Dream Team$10,756--125$896$53,3003The Film Arcade
6Barfi!$9,06829%34-76$267$2,751,0075UTV Communications
7Born to Be Wild 3D$8,71790%30-3$291$21,010,99880Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Beasts of the Southern Wild$5,659-8%36-15$157$11,132,67016Fox Searchlight
9Special Forces$3,120--5--$624$3,1201Entertainment One Films
10Simon and the Oaks$2,856--1--$2,856$2,8561The Film Arcade
11Safety Not Guaranteed$2,136108%18-6$119$4,003,72019FilmDistrict
12Thaandavam$1,892159%3-18$631$199,6943UTV Communications
13War of the Buttons (2012)$1,046--5--$209$1,0461Weinstein Company
14Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$684-83%6-6$114$44,6122Roadside Attractions
15Toys in the Attic$252-15%2-2$126$64,3476Hannover House