Box Office: 'Miracles From Heaven' Delivers $1.9M Wednesday

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'Miracles From Heaven'

The faith-based film is opening midweek to get a jump on 'The Divergent Series: Allegiant' and holdover 'Zootopia.'

Miracles From Heaven, the latest faith-based offering to hit the multiplex, opened to a solid $1.9 million at the North American box office on Wednesday, coming in No. 2 behind blockbuster Zootopia and earning a coveted A+ CinemaScore.

The film, directed by Patricia Riggen, stars Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah and is based on the memoir of the same name by Christy Beam, whose young daughter, played in the movie by Kylie Rogers, made a miraculous recovery from an incurable disease. Joe Roth and minister T.D. Jakes produced Miracles From Heaven for Sony, which has made faith-based films a priority via its Affirm label.

Miracles from Heaven could post a five-day debut of anywhere between $10 million and north of $20 million. The movie is opening midweek to get a jump on YA threequel The Divergent Series: Allegiant — Part 1 and holdover Zootopia.

The big question is whether Lionsgate's Allegiant, with Shailene Woodley returning in the title role, can topple Zootopia from the top spot or come close to matching the domestic openings of the first two films. Divergent debuted to $54.6 million on the same weekend two years ago, while The Divergent Series: Insurgent opened to $52.3 million a year ago.

From Disney Animation Studios, Zootopia earned roughly $4.6 million Wednesday for a domestic total of nearly $160 million as it races for the $500 million mark worldwide.






big question mark is holdover Zootopia, which is likewise appealing to Christian audiences.








Nonetheless, the filmmakers and Sony Pictures enticed Greg Kinnear — an actor not known for outspoken religious views and, more importantly, one with a track record of mainstream studio and indie movies — and the $12 million film grossed $101 million worldwide. Two years later, putting together Sony's Miracles From Heaven (March 16), another film with Christian themes, Roth and producer DeVon Franklin got their first choices to headline: Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah.

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