'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 Tue, Apr. 2 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1G.I. Joe: Retaliation$4,012,941-12%3,719--$1,079$59,568,6491Paramount
2The Croods$3,866,600-23%4,06519$951$97,759,9942Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$1,831,088-17%2,047--$895$25,686,5621Lionsgate
4Olympus Has Fallen$1,652,899-2%3,1068$532$58,224,1972FilmDistrict
5Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,563,182-16%3,324-481$470$201,792,5714Disney
6The Host (2013)$1,032,869-14%3,202--$323$12,833,9921Open Road
7The Call$653,9300%2,439-68$268$40,913,7893Sony / TriStar
9Spring Breakers$403,0062%1,379275$292$10,872,2573A24
10The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$178,420-12%1,575-1585$113$21,011,1153Warner Bros. / New Line
11Jack the Giant Slayer$135,463-22%1,080-1480$125$61,709,0955Warner Bros. / New Line
12Identity Thief$129,840-8%1,082-1084$120$130,186,6058Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$100,184-4%752-292$133$128,917,10020Weinstein Company
2Quartet$62,99825%302-123$209$16,713,17712Weinstein Company
3Escape From Planet Earth$61,248-20%977-517$63$54,065,1427Weinstein Company
4Life of Pi$61,118-10%340-149$180$123,450,51819Fox
5Safe Haven$59,188-9%550-729$108$69,935,5867Relativity Media
6Snitch (2013)$52,049-4%746-1061$70$41,460,0026Lionsgate / Summit
721 And Over$44,106-10%344-790$128$25,045,4375Relativity Media
8Stoker$24,71215%194-81$127$1,520,0665Fox Searchlight
9Argo$23,27419%26075$90$135,772,96425Warner Bros.
10Django Unchained$23,203-13%233-63$100$162,364,53614Weinstein Company
11A Good Day to Die Hard$21,9382%209-239$105$66,594,4917Fox
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$21,8885%202-7$108$55,263,12510Paramount
13Emperor$19,7202%138-99$143$2,929,4464Roadside Attractions
14Parental Guidance$16,4243%140-45$117$76,930,80814Fox
15Warm Bodies$16,244-14%162-137$100$65,281,7919Lionsgate / Summit
16Rise of The Guardians$16,1481%134-28$121$103,328,03419Paramount / DreamWorks
17Side Effects (2013)$13,7405%102-123$135$31,261,4018Open Road
18The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$10,252-10%145-90$71$302,871,19816Warner Bros. / New Line
20Les Miserables (2012)$8,720-6%109-20$80$148,793,44514Universal
21Dark Skies$7,221-1%101-104$71$17,145,2906Weinstein / Dimension
22Beautiful Creatures (2013)$6,552-2%115-73$57$19,411,5577Warner Bros.
23The Last Exorcism Part II$5,477-31%102-353$54$15,166,2735CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$26,266-15%4--$6,567$336,5881Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$15,192-13%520$292$11,949,81150Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Himmatwala$14,0566%99--$142$225,0641UTV Motion Pictures
4From Up on Poppy Hill$13,766-14%2519$551$313,2073GKIDS
5Born to Be Wild 3D$8,41112%300$280$22,377,479104Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Sapphires$7,2258%128$602$140,1162Weinstein Company
7Starbuck$7,12080%1714$419$3,538,4042eOne Films US
8The Impossible$7,115-4%86-37$83$18,833,45215Lionsgate / Summit
9Girl Rising$6,350-38%3930$163$535,0794Gathr Films
10Dead Man Down$4,01913%75-537$54$10,772,1914FilmDistrict
12Bless Me, Ultima$1,371-21%11-10$125$1,539,6166Arenas Entertainment
13Gangster Squad$976-25%500$20$45,998,99812Warner Bros.
14The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$970-3%7-21$139$365,8055Methinx Entertainment
15Kai Po Che$61447%5-13$123$1,117,3276UTV Motion Pictures
16Camp (2013)$4498%6-11$75$105,1746Freestyle Releasing