Produced by influential pastor T. D. Jakes, director Randall Wallace and Hollywood veteran Joe Roth, "Heaven Is for Real" stars Greg Kinnear and earned an A Cinema Score. The drama did best in The Bible Belt, but obviously played well in Peoria and all over America.
Women made up almost 60% of movies goers and most were age 35 and over, but this stronger than usual showing will undoubtedly produce a whirlwind of word of mouth traffic at movie theaters in the coming weeks.
One Movie Critic said emphatically, “Heaven Is For Real Is For Real”_ We Agree and IT is a Must See… [ Note: Faith Based Films have made a Remarkable Comeback at The Box Office in 2014]
"Heaven Is for Real," placed No. 3 and clearly benefited from the Easter holiday. It is the latest Christian film to exceed expectations from Sony's TriStar label, the movie opened Wednesday and earned an impressive $28.5 million in its first five days.
The movie is based on the real-life story of Nebraska pastor Todd Burpo, whose young son Colton,[age 3 at the time]finds himself in heaven in what is described as 'a near death experience' during emergency surgery. The film is adapted from the pastor's book of the same name, co-written by Lynn Vincent.
"It's really a terrific result," said Sony's distribution chief Rory Bruer. "And Easter was certainly a date that was in the wheelhouse of the film."
Easter weekend provided further evidence that 2014 is indeed the year of the Bible movies. "Heaven Is for Real" was one of three such titles pop. the top 10 chart. "Noah"[which clearly represents another paradigm] placed No. 9 with $5 million for a domestic total of $93.2 million, while "God's Not Dead" came in No. 10 with $4.8 million, pushing its total to $48.2 million.
Probably the most notable surprise this weekend , no one expected the $12 million "Heaven Is for Real" to beat "Transcendence,"[
Anyway, That’s how “Heaven” looked the first week in Theaters and if this is somewhat of a Supernatural Surprise then we have a lot to look forward to in the future of Faith Based Films.
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