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 Wed, Oct. 17 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,754,322-6%3,232--$543$24,838,3391Warner Bros.
2Taken 2$1,459,429-19%3,70645$394$91,062,5182Fox
3Sinister$1,084,331-23%2,527--$429$21,798,8371Lionsgate / Summit
4Hotel Transylvania$731,031-14%3,37523$217$104,544,6513Sony / Columbia
5Here Comes the Boom$665,667-17%3,014--$221$13,996,8741Sony / Columbia
6Pitch Perfect$613,140-20%2,78717$220$38,021,7933Universal
7Looper$539,192-18%2,605-388$207$53,105,3513Sony / TriStar
8Frankenweenie$419,377-12%3,0050$140$23,424,0672Disney
9Seven Psychopaths$398,840-16%1,480--$269$5,481,0641CBS Films
10End of Watch$165,648-12%1,551-819$107$36,911,3964Open Road
11Trouble with the Curve$148,9148%1,812-1191$82$33,193,8354Warner Bros.
12Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$119,21813%1,012--$118$2,125,1941Atlas Distribution
13House at the End of the Street$80,6255%1,866-854$43$30,228,5454Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$200,749-6%726505$277$6,738,7574Lionsgate / Summit
2The Master$76,0191%682-182$111$14,139,9695Weinstein Company
3The Dark Knight Rises$51,131-3%465-110$110$446,350,90313Warner Bros.
4Arbitrage$29,843-12%194-50$154$6,743,3475Roadside Attractions
5Finding Nemo 3D$28,120-4%480-1266$59$40,198,8305Disney
6Won't Back Down$18,261-10%513-2004$36$5,163,8343Fox
7The Bourne Legacy$14,700-8%245-237$60$112,626,84010Universal
8Dredd 3D$14,268-28%155-676$92$13,205,4074Lionsgate
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$13,529-1%237-63$57$159,860,71214Fox
10Ted (2012)$11,585-6%145-42$80$218,547,31016Universal
11The Possession$11,1136%369-452$30$48,764,2057Lionsgate
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$6,97418%176-81$40$48,460,87011Fox
13ParaNorman$6,299-6%176-166$36$54,551,1669Focus
14The Expendables 2$6,004-26%146-167$41$84,522,1069Lionsgate
15Lawless$5,58511%287-324$19$37,172,2767Weinstein Company
16Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$5,1695%122-33$42$216,382,25819Paramount / DreamWorks
17The Campaign$5,160-10%101-202$51$86,397,91910Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$18,14233%520$349$9,164,75126Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$8,36574%30-3$279$21,048,42980Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$7,31411%59-25$124$12,770,62921Weinstein Company
4Beasts of the Southern Wild$5,38616%36-15$150$11,165,72816Fox Searchlight
5Moonrise Kingdom$5,24412%56-36$94$45,464,96821Focus
6Barfi!$2,001-45%34-76$59$2,787,0215UTV Communications
7Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$84523%6-6$141$49,9652Roadside Attractions
8War of the Buttons (2012)$79773%5--$159$6,4241Weinstein Company
9Safety Not Guaranteed$560-25%18-6$31$4,010,25519FilmDistrict
10Thaandavam$283-78%3-18$94$207,8113UTV Communications