‘Miracles From Heaven’ Rises With $1.9 Million Debut

The film is Sony’s latest faith-based offering

“Miracles From Heaven” rose at the box office on Wednesday with a $1.9 million opening, earning a CinemaScore of A+.

Directed by Patricia Riggen, “Miracles From Heaven” stars Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah and is based on a memoir of the same name by Christy Beam, whose daughter made a miraculous recovery from what was thought to be an incurable disease. The daughter is played by Kylie Rogers in the film.

Joe RothDeVon Franklin and minister T.D. Jakes were producers on “Miracles From Heaven” for Sony, which has released other faith-based films such as February’s “Risen.”

Brighton Sharbino, who plays Beam’s younger daughter, told TheWrap that “I feel so blessed that I’ve gotten to work on ‘Miracles From Heaven’ and all these amazing films. Every day is a miracle to me.”

The film is looking for a five-day debut in the $8 million to $10 million range. “Miracles From Heaven” has a two-day jump on this week’s other wide opener, “The Divergent Series: Allegiant.”

Shailene Woodley‘s latest and “Zootopia” will battle it out for first place this weekend. Tracking suggests that “Allegiant” will earn anywhere between $30 million and $40 million on the weekend, while Disney’s latest animated film is still going strong since its debut on March 4. Last weekend, it grossed $50 million.

Either way, “Allegiant” will premiere lower than its predecessors did. “Divergent” opened to $54.6 million on the same weekend two years ago, and “Insurgent” debuted to $52.3 million one year ago.

On Wednesday, “Zootopia” grossed another $4.6 million, adding to its domestic haul of $159.2 million. It is heading toward the $500 million global mark.