'Heaven Is For Real' Takes First Place with $3.7 Million; 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Crosses $170 Million DomesticallyApril 17, 2014 06:55 AM

by Shawn Robbins

Sony reports that Heaven Is for Real bowed to a strong $3.7 million on Wednesday, claiming first place in the process. That figure tops the $3.64 million Friday debut of April 2011's Soul Surfer, a fellow faith-based film also distributed by Sony. With Easter weekend still ahead and a strong push for pre-sales among church crowds, Heaven is set to post a very healthy 5-day opening.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier grabbed another $3.52 million yesterday as it slipped into second place. That figure was down 25 percent from Tuesday and just 27 percent from Wednesday of last week. Through 13 days of release, Winter Soldier's $170.6 million domestic take is 12 percent ahead of Thor: The Dark World at the same point.

Rio 2 dropped 29 percent from Tuesday to add $3.03 million yesterday. The animated sequel's 6-day take is $49.3 million, or about 2 percent behind the pace of the 2011 original film.

Kevin Costner's Draft Day earned $0.83 million on Wednesday, off 34 percent from Tuesday. The sports drama's 6-day gross is $12.7 million, about 15 percent behind Costner's 3 Days to Kill.

Rounding out the top five, Oculus posted a 24 percent decline from Tuesday as it took in $0.87 million yesterday. The horror flick's 6-day tally is $14.97 million--3 percent ahead of House at the End of the Street.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Sep. 21 - Sun, Sep. 23

Wide (1000+)

1End of Watch$13,000,000--2,730--$4,762$13,000,0001Open Road
2House at the End of the Street$13,000,000--3,083--$4,217$13,000,0001Relativity Media
3Trouble with the Curve$12,720,000--3,212--$3,960$12,720,0001Warner Bros.
4Finding Nemo 3D$9,446,000-43%2,9040$3,253$29,979,9752Disney
5Resident Evil: Retribution$6,700,000-68%3,0164$2,221$33,467,7272Sony / Screen Gems
6Dredd 3D$6,300,000--2,506--$2,514$6,300,0001Lionsgate
7The Possession$2,630,000-54%2,598-262$1,012$45,279,6274Lionsgate
8Lawless$2,321,000-47%2,614-449$888$34,511,9194Weinstein Company
10The Bourne Legacy$1,650,000-42%1,430-740$1,154$110,442,7007Universal
11The Odd Life of Timothy Green$1,531,000-41%1,752-663$874$48,643,7386Disney
12The Expendables 2$1,431,000-55%1,820-1076$786$82,992,9526Lionsgate
13The Campaign$1,230,000-49%1,250-752$984$85,011,0657Warner Bros.
142016: Obama's America$917,551-54%1,216-660$755$32,002,62811Rocky Mountain Pictures
15Hope Springs (2012)$860,000-53%1,147-799$750$62,158,1557Sony / Columbia
16The Words$775,000-73%1,247-1554$621$11,019,5713CBS Films
17Last Ounce of Courage$546,964-66%1,064-343$514$2,749,1502Rocky Mountain Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Master$5,000,000579%788783$6,345$6,055,8832Weinstein Company
2Arbitrage$1,283,900-36%24447$5,262$3,952,4072Roadside Attractions
3The Dark Knight Rises$1,260,000-42%948-633$1,329$443,117,87010Warner Bros.
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$525,000-10%420-121$1,250$158,546,17811Fox
5Marvel's The Avengers$466,000-22%290-152$1,607$622,887,84221Disney
6Premium Rush$370,000-71%567-772$653$19,672,7645Sony / Columbia
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$315,000-38%374-217$842$47,763,3998Fox
8Sleepwalk With Me$297,000-14%13517$2,200$1,691,6155IFC Films
9Ted (2012)$231,000-39%293-118$788$217,825,24513Universal
10Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$220,000-24%240-66$917$215,892,79216Paramount / DreamWorks
11Robot & Frank$198,120-48%156-52$1,270$2,909,9566IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
12The Intouchables$182,000-28%156-24$1,167$12,253,55818Weinstein Company
13For A Good Time, Call...$147,644-45%105-2$1,406$1,084,7184Focus
14Hit and Run$130,082-64%291-360$447$13,600,9235Open Road
15Moonrise Kingdom$128,961-32%120-37$1,075$45,162,70518Focus
16Beasts of the Southern Wild$125,700-48%132-80$952$10,904,92613Fox Searchlight
17Step Up Revolution$123,000-44%182-86$676$34,942,5919Lionsgate / Summit
18The Cold Light of Day$65,000-92%155-1356$419$3,696,8513Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$244,000--4--$61,000$244,0001Lionsgate / Summit
3Searching For Sugar Man$100,8680%384$2,654$1,193,6699Sony Pictures Classics
4My Uncle Rafael$100,210--14--$7,158$100,2101Rocky Mountain Pictures
510 Years$78,109244%4340$1,816$109,0242Anchor Bay Films
6Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$74,000-81%85-237$871$3,054,1893Paramount
7Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$64,238--3--$21,413$64,2381IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
8To Rome with Love$57,548-17%50-35$1,151$16,531,21414Sony Pictures Classics
9Celeste and Jesse Forever$50,794-65%54-98$941$3,020,8558Sony Pictures Classics
10Occupy Unmasked$44,000--4--$11,000$44,0001Magnolia / Magnet
11Liberal Arts$40,00046%2016$2,000$77,7852IFC Films
12Detropia$37,200-12%116$3,382$131,4153Loki Films
13Stolen (2012)$32,508-82%99-42$328$288,0072Millennium Entertainment
14How To Survive A Plague$28,000--4--$7,000$28,0001IFC Films
15Hello I Must Be Going$22,937168%1513$1,529$67,3143Oscilloscope
16The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best$6,537--2--$3,269$6,5371Oscilloscope
18Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$1,800-12%70$257$3,371,0427ARC Entertainment
19Death by China$622-81%1-2$622$23,0516Area23a