'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, Dec. 6 - Sun, Dec. 8

Wide (1000+)

1Frozen (2013)$31,641,000-53%3,7420$8,456$134,278,4363Disney
2The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$27,000,000-64%4,1630$6,486$336,664,9563Lionsgate
3Out of the Furnace$5,300,000--2,101--$2,523$5,327,0761Relativity Media
4Thor: The Dark World$4,740,000-57%3,074-212$1,542$193,639,6425Disney
5Delivery Man$3,775,000-45%2,905-131$1,299$24,799,7823Disney / DreamWorks
6Homefront$3,384,000-51%2,5700$1,317$15,284,3902Open Road
7The Book Thief$2,700,000-44%1,31682$2,052$12,075,0555Fox
8The Best Man Holiday$2,673,000-67%1,577-140$1,695$67,238,6154Universal
9Last Vegas$1,255,000-53%1,539-315$815$60,576,6086CBS Films
1012 Years a Slave$1,140,000-51%1,082-83$1,054$35,012,1208Fox Searchlight
11Black Nativity$1,050,000-71%1,5259$689$6,428,0032Fox Searchlight
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$855,000-52%1,157-346$739$100,055,5357Paramount
13Lee Daniels' The Butler$260,000517%1,007936$258$115,917,15617Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

1Philomena$2,282,000-38%8350$2,733$8,254,6353Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$1,458,662-42%73438$1,987$12,406,9866Focus
3Gravity$1,240,000-51%900-116$1,378$251,515,25410Warner Bros.
4Nebraska$545,000-25%11311$4,823$2,262,4784Paramount Vantage
5Captain Phillips$525,000-54%640-167$820$103,515,3779Sony / Columbia
6Ender's Game$515,000-58%608-235$847$60,150,7416Lionsgate / Summit
7Oldboy (2013)$296,000-67%5830$508$1,951,2162FilmDistrict
8About Time$210,000-44%266-65$789$14,990,5986Universal
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$175,000-55%312-395$561$115,281,16511Sony / Columbia
10The Christmas Candle$167,753-57%306-46$548$1,905,7414EchoLight Studios
11All Is Lost$122,528-37%142-12$863$5,502,1688Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

1Inside Llewyn Davis$402,000--4--$100,500$402,0001CBS Films
2The Great Beauty$88,478-34%230$3,847$395,4404Janus Films
3Blue Is the Warmest Color$82,500-28%75-19$1,100$1,791,9277IFC Films
4Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$77,652-8%40$19,413$183,3682Weinstein Company
5Narco Cultura$65,0002780%4645$1,413$80,4073Cinedigm
6Enough Said$62,000-49%94-27$660$17,289,98612Fox Searchlight
7Escape Plan$39,000-18%81-60$481$24,611,9758Lionsgate / Summit
8The Armstrong Lie$37,81218%7746$491$245,4495Sony Pictures Classics
9Kill Your Darlings$36,310-47%72-2$504$827,1418Sony Pictures Classics
10Instructions Not Included$32,000-51%46-22$696$44,453,22415Lionsgate / Pantelion
11The Punk Singer$29,00017%1613$1,813$66,3932IFC Films
12Blue Jasmine$24,710-34%352$706$32,783,09720Sony Pictures Classics
13Twice Born$13,865--10--$1,387$13,8651eOne Films US
14Inequality for All$10,894377%145$778$1,179,74111RADiUS-TWC
15Spinning Plates$3,138--6--$523$93,6877The Film Arcade
1620 Feet from Stardom$2,021-23%104$202$4,779,03726RADiUS-TWC
17Breakfast with Curtis$2,009--1--$2,009$2,0091Abramorama / Bond 360