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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.”
“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.”
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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