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.

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