Thursday, April 17, 2014

Faith-based films earn $100M at the box-office

Two movies with Christian themes have sold a combined $100 million in tickets at the box-office so far in 2014. (And we're talking about 'Noah' a film written and directed by an avowed atheist who never mentions the word "God" in the movie.)

"Son of God" has earned $59.1 million going into the Easter weekend. "God's Not Dead" has earned $42.8 million going into the Easter weekend.

Monday, April 7, 2014

'God's Not Dead' a surprise box-office smash

While "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" was setting box-office records over the weekend, a lesser-known film starring former "Hercules" star Kevin Sorbo, could end up being the most profitable film of 2014.

Sure the Disney/Marvel "Captain America" sequel took in $95 million in its opening weekend, but the film cost $170 million to make.

The film perched at No. 4 in this weekend's box-office list is "God's Not Dead," which earned another $7.7 million to bring its three-week total to $32.5 million. And how much did "God's Not Dead" cost to make? A paltry $2 million, which probably covered the catering bill for "Captain America."

"God's Not Dead" added nearly 600 new theaters over the weekend and continued to take in a healthy $4,414 per screen.

So while "Captain America" will need another couple of weeks just to earn back its production costs, the faith-based "God's Not Dead"is earning record profits for an independent film.

Monday, March 31, 2014

'God's Not Dead' a surprise box-office hit

While the big-budget Russell Crowe film "Noah" claimed the top spot at the weekend box-office with a $45 million debut, the film still has a long way to go to recover its $130 million production budget.

The real surprise at the box office is the Christian-friendly film, "God's Not Dead," which took in $8.7 million in its second week of release, bringing its box-office total to $21.7 million in just 1,100 theaters. Compared that to "Noah," which is playing in more than 3,500 theaters.

"Son of God," another religious-themed film, has also done well at the box office. It took in $1 million over the weekend to bring its five-week total to $$57.8 million.