'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.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, Aug. 27 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 27 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The 40-Year-Old Virgin$6,739,26739%2,86823$2,350$43,877,4252Universal
2The Brothers Grimm$5,871,39813%3,087--$1,902$11,066,7651Miramax / Dimension
3Red Eye$4,315,00830%3,09112$1,396$29,898,8782DreamWorks
4Four Brothers$3,337,19152%2,6490$1,260$53,037,7833Paramount
5Wedding Crashers$2,695,78556%2,737-183$985$185,914,0947New Line
6The Cave$2,442,47820%2,195--$1,113$4,475,0741Sony / Screen Gems
7March of the Penguins$1,985,55059%2,394292$829$54,384,09910Warner Independent
8The Skeleton Key$1,948,35639%2,78410$700$36,867,5123Universal
10The Dukes of Hazzard$1,391,15551%2,891-513$481$73,661,0824Warner Bros.