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, Oct. 15 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,757,061-64%3,232--$544$21,215,1701Warner Bros.
2Taken 2$1,670,581-67%3,70645$451$87,802,5602Fox
3Sinister$1,306,146-65%2,527--$517$19,313,7801Lionsgate / Summit
4Hotel Transylvania$827,401-84%3,37523$245$102,961,3353Sony / Columbia
5Here Comes the Boom$713,140-77%3,014--$237$12,529,7361Sony / Columbia
6Pitch Perfect$626,825-72%2,78717$225$36,642,2283Universal
7Looper$561,978-64%2,605-388$216$51,906,0683Sony / TriStar
8Frankenweenie$453,888-79%3,0050$151$22,528,8902Disney
9Seven Psychopaths$431,539-59%1,480--$292$4,606,4541CBS Films
10End of Watch$183,017-60%1,551-819$118$36,557,2404Open Road
11Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$149,005-64%1,012--$147$1,900,3951Atlas Distribution
12Trouble with the Curve$133,169-65%1,812-1191$73$32,906,6664Warner Bros.
13House at the End of the Street$74,612-69%1,866-854$40$30,070,9594Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$189,695-64%726505$261$6,325,2044Lionsgate / Summit
2The Master$78,365-63%682-182$115$13,988,6525Weinstein Company
3The Dark Knight Rises$47,064-64%465-110$101$446,247,06013Warner Bros.
4Arbitrage$26,626-69%194-50$137$6,679,7755Roadside Attractions
5Won't Back Down$26,609-43%513-2004$52$5,125,3013Fox
6Finding Nemo 3D$26,108-81%480-1266$54$40,141,2805Disney
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$15,061-78%237-63$64$159,833,56814Fox
8Dredd 3D$14,236-51%155-676$92$13,171,2814Lionsgate
9The Bourne Legacy$13,475-62%245-237$55$112,596,21510Universal
10Ted (2012)$11,600-52%145-42$80$218,523,40016Universal
11The Possession$10,574-66%369-452$29$48,742,6227Lionsgate
12ParaNorman$7,658-75%176-166$44$54,538,1359Focus
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$7,233-80%176-81$41$48,447,99111Fox
14The Expendables 2$6,006-66%146-167$41$84,507,9649Lionsgate
15Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$5,450-80%122-33$45$216,372,18319Paramount / DreamWorks
16Lawless$5,246-64%287-324$18$37,161,4457Weinstein Company
17The Campaign$4,226-60%101-202$42$86,387,05410Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$10,931-62%520$210$9,132,98526Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$7,098-61%59-25$120$12,756,75521Weinstein Company
3Born to Be Wild 3D$4,109-60%30-3$137$21,035,24380Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Moonrise Kingdom$3,700-56%56-36$66$45,455,02121Focus
5Beasts of the Southern Wild$3,445-62%36-15$96$11,155,71116Fox Searchlight
6Barfi!$2,206-81%34-76$65$2,781,3785UTV Communications
7Safety Not Guaranteed$1,161-14%18-6$65$4,008,95319FilmDistrict
8Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$677-49%6-6$113$48,4352Roadside Attractions
9War of the Buttons (2012)$428-74%5--$86$5,1651Weinstein Company
10Thaandavam$197-90%3-18$66$206,2223UTV Communications