Heaven Beats “Transcendence” At Box-Office

Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer Wally Pfister makes his directorial debut on the sci-fi drama “Transcendence”. Sadly the movie appears to have fizzled on opening both with critics and at the box-office.

Good Friday’s box-office numbers are in and the high-profile, Johnny Depp-led film came in fourth with $4.8 million for the day and a disappointing 44/100 on Metacritic. Its three day total is expected to be around $12 million.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Rio 2” are battling it out again for the top spot. The pair scored $9.6 million and $9.2 million respectively on Good Friday and so are likely to be neck-and-neck for the holiday weekend in the $23-25 million each range.

Coming in third is the faith-based “Heaven is for Real” which continues the profitable trend for religious movies lately at the U.S. box-office. It made $7.85 million on Good Friday and managed a 47/100 on Metacritic – the best of three new wide releases.

It’s extra impressive considering the film opened on a Wednesday, and it will end up at around $20 million for the holiday weekend alone on top of the $7 million it earned on Wednesday and Thursday.

Of the newcomers, coming in behind the bunch was the horror spoof “Haunted House 2” with 13/100 on Metacritic and $4 million on Good Friday – its estimated to get around $9 million for the weekend which is half of what the first film opened to last year.