‘Heaven Is For Real’ Trounces Johnny Depp — Takes Third Place & $21.5 Million in Opening Weekend

“Heaven Is for Real” took in an estimated $21.5 million — double what Johnny Depp’s “Transcendence” garnered — over the Easter weekend, its first foray at the box office, the New York Times reported.

Connor Corum in a scene from “Heaven Is For Real.” (Image source: AP/Sony Pictures, Allen Fraser)

In fact, since opening on Wednesday, the drama based on the 2010 best-selling book about a little boy who, during a near-death experience, said he met Jesus and deceased loved ones in heaven has tallied $28.5 million, the Times noted — which more than doubles what the movie cost to make.

Joe Roth and pastor Thomas “T.D.” Jakes produced “Heaven Is for Real” for $12 million, according to The Wrap.

“Heaven Is for Real” is also the fourth successful faith-based movie of the year, the Times noted, joining “Noah,” “Son of God” and “God’s Not Dead.” And more movies with spiritually focused themes are forthcoming, including Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” scheduled for release in December.