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‘Heaven Is for Real’ rises above Johnny Depp’s ‘Transcendence’ during box office

‘Heaven Is for Real’ rises above Johnny Depp’s ‘Transcendence’ during box office

'Heaven Is for Real' rises above Johnny Depp's 'Transcendence' during box office


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Faith-based film “Heaven Is for Real” soared during a Easter weekend box office, earning a stellar $21.5 million from 2,417 theaters to bury big-budget sci-fi epic “Transcendence,” that non-stop to a gloomy $11.5 million from 3,455 locations.

“Transcendence” outlines a third big-budget explosve in a quarrel for Johnny Depp after “The Lone Ranger” and “Dark Shadows” (both of those cinema non-stop to roughly $29 million, though never found success). In terms of Depp’s openings, “Transcendence” came in reduce than “The Tourist,” that debuted to $16.5 million in 2010.

Overseas, where Depp arguably stays a bigger star, “Transcendence” debuted to $17.4 million from 27 markets, led by China with a plain $11.4 million.

Overall, tip booty in North America went to holdovers “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Rio 2.”

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“Captain America,” staying during No. 1 for a third uninterrupted weekend, grossed $26.6 million from 3,825 locations to cranky a $200 million symbol domestically and strike $586.6 million worldwide in another vital feat for Marvel Studios and Disney.

Fox’s charcterised family film “Rio 2” grossed $22.5 million from 3,975 locations in a second weekend for a domestic sum of $75.4 million.

“Heaven Is for Real,” fixation No. 3 and clearly benefiting from a Easter holiday, is a latest Christian film to surpass expectations. From Sony’s TriStar label, a film non-stop Wednesday and warranted an considerable $28.5 million in a initial 5 days.

Produced by successful priest T. D. Jakes, executive Randall Wallace and Hollywood maestro Joe Roth, “Heaven Is for Real” stars Greg Kinnear and warranted an A CinemaScore. The play did a biggest business in a country’s Bible Belt, though appealed to mainstream audiences as well.

The film is formed on a real-life story of Nebraska priest Todd Burpo, whose immature son pronounced he found himself in sky during puncture surgery. The film is blending from a pastor’s book of a same name, co-written by Lynn Vincent.

“It’s unequivocally a superb result,” pronounced Sony’s placement arch Rory Bruer. “And Easter was positively a date that was in a wheelhouse of a film.”

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Easter weekend supposing serve justification that 2014 is indeed a year of a Bible movies. “Heaven Is for Real” was one of 3 such titles populating a tip 10 chart. “Noah” placed No. 9 with $5 million for a domestic cume of $93.2 million, while “God’s Not Dead” came in No. 10 with $4.8 million, pulling a sum to $48.2 million.

Heading into a weekend, no one approaching a $12 million “Heaven Is for Real” to kick “Transcendence,” that cost a large $100 million to produce. “Transcendence” suffered from sardonic reviews and a C+ CinemaScore.

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