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article image'Heaven Is For Real' opens on top; 'Transcendence' awaits

By Tim O'Brien     Apr 17, 2014 in Entertainment
It is Holy Week, which ends with Easter and the box office doesn't always play in to that as much as it once did. But, "Heaven Is For Real" got an early jump on the weekend while "Transcendence" enters Friday.
"Heaven Is For Real," based of the best-selling book, tells the story of a young boy who has a near-death experience. The story of what the Burpo family goes through when the family tells the world takes center stage. Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Connor Corumand and Thomas Haden Church star. It took in an estimated $3.7 million on its opening Wednesday.
The release of "Transcendence" will mark many discussions regarding Johnny Depp. In the end, Depp will be fine even if the movie does not do well. "The Lone Ranger" fiasco dented his reputation, but perhaps so did his love of movie make-up. There was no need for the over-use of the white powder and the like for this one. Morgan Freeman also stars and brings his voice as well. The power of the computer and human emotions merge in this sci-fi tale.
Weekend
1. "Transcendence" - 3,400+
2. "Heaven Is For Real" - 2,417 theaters
3. "A Haunted House 2" - 2,130 theaters
4. "Bears" - 1,600 theaters
5. "Make Your Move" - 135 theaters
All the big box office news may come from overseas this weekend as "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" opens. It opens in the states May 2.
But, there is more news here. "Bears" is a Disneynature's film which looks into the life of a, well, guess? Yes, a bear family. "A Haunted House 2" stars Marlon Wayans who moves into his dream house and gets haunted, and tries to provide some laughs along the way.
Going back to "Heaven Is For Real," it did win that day over the films that have already been released, so that it a good sign as that goes forward. It is also getting some positive audience feedback. It will surely split those who believe and those who do not, but that is to be expected. Hollywood continues to make movies for the faith-based crowd and so far it is paying off. Yes, even "Noah" is in that discussion even though it needs a way to go here in the states to make a more convincing argument. No matter what some say, it is a dud in North America.
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