'Heaven Is for Real,' 'God's Not Dead,' and 'Son of God' Deliver Strong Box Office Numbers; More to Come


Kathryn Darden
Apr 22, 2014
Secret Handshake

According to reports, "Heaven Is for Real" was the #1 new movie this weekend, the #1 inspirational film, and the #2 film overall for the Easter holiday weekend. Deadline places it was #2 behind the patriotic Behind ‘Captain America." Whatever its final numbers, "Heaven Is for Real" is the latest film showing evidence of a strong faith and family box office draw for a film with wide general audience appeal as well.

Kevin Sorbo's low-budget ($2 million) overtly Christian-themed "God's Not Dead" also managed to overtake Russell Crowe's big-budget but doomed "NOAH" this weekend although the sinking "Noah" movie managed to briefly surface again at #10 while "God's Not Dead" finished at #11 for the weekend with over with $4.7 million.

Meanwhile, "Son of God," the expanded version of the TV miniseries, has grossed nearly $63 million worldwide so far.

When you add in family-friendly movies like "Bears," "Rio 2," "Muppets," "Lego" and "Captain America," it is easy to see that family-friendly and faith-based films have a strong fan base in spite of often lower budgets, and that enthusiastic fan base generates remarkable staying power for these films.

The next faith-based film from TriStar Pictures will be "Mom's Night Out," a faith-rooted comedy with wide appeal about the trials and joys of parenting starring Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy), Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings, Rudy) Emmy Award® winner Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond, The Middle) and platinum-selling country music artist Trace Adkins (Lincoln Lawyer). "Mom's Night Out" will hit theaters May 9 in time for Mother’s Day weekend. Also coming up will be "The Secret Handshake" with Amy Grant and Kevin Sorbo and the Oscar-nominated "Alone Yet Not Alone""

Also see:
'God's Not Dead' a Wake-Up Call to Pastors, Parents and Students
NOAH movie an epic #fail
NOAH: An Epic Missed Opportunity with Faith Driven Consumers?
Family-Friendly Alone Yet Not Alone Opens on Father's Day
Oscar nomination revoked for Christian film 'Alone Yet Not Alone' song
'Alone Yet Not Alone' Nabs OSCAR Nomination for Best Original Song

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