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'Jesus Revolution' Nearly Doubles Box Office Total Since Opening Weekend

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In just one week, the surprise hit “Jesus Revolution” nearly doubled its box office total ticket sales from $15.8 million to $30.5 million.

A double blessing seems to be a theme with the film about the Jesus movement in the late 1960s and 1970s, when hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, came to faith in Christ.

During its opening weekend, the movie more than doubled industry estimates at the box office.

In fact, “Jesus Revolution” enjoyed such a successful opening last weekend following its Feb. 24 release that the studio that produced the film announced last week that it would be in 100 additional theaters this past weekend.

The Kingdom Story Co. posted on its Facebook page Thursday, “We’ve added 100 new theaters for this weekend!! The audience reaction has blown us all away, and we’re thrilled to be bringing JESUS REVOLUTION to more cities!”

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“Jesus Revolution” opened in 2,475 theaters and played in 2,575 theaters last weekend, according to Box Office Mojo.

It said the film’s total ticket sales after 10 days were $30.5 million, which included approximately $14.7 million since its opening three days.

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The film’s budget was $15 million, so it is a solid hit for Kingdom Story and the film’s distributor, Lionsgate, Collider reported.

After coming in at No. 3 at the box office its first weekend, “Jesus Revolution” was No. 5 overall this past weekend, with the newly released “Creed III” taking the top spot.

Moviegoers gave “Jesus Revolution” an A+ CinemaScore rating and a 99 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, though critics gave it mixed reviews at 61 percent.

According to The Baptist Paper, co-director and co-writer Jon Erwin talked about the film’s impressive opening weekend at the Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama, on Feb. 26, describing it as Kingdom Story’s “boldest” undertaking yet.

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He recounted that Lionsgate initially responded to the subject matter by saying, “If it works, we’re going to do a ton more of this,” but “if it doesn’t, this may be your last.”

“God just showed up en masse this weekend with the church … and it’s been amazing,” Erwin said.

He couldn’t help believing it was God’s timing that the release of “Jesus Revolution” came on the heels of a revival breaking out at Asbury University in Kentucky last month. A similar outpouring happened in February 1970 during the heart of the Jesus movement.



Erwin’s idea for the film came from a 1971 Time magazine cover story titled “The Jesus Revolution.” It was about the last great spiritual revival in American history.

In fact, the 1971 cover — along with the 1966 Time cover asking “Is God Dead?” — are seen in “Jesus Revolution” to illustrate the arc American culture made in a few short years.

Kelsey Grammer stars in “Jesus Revolution” as California pastor Chuck Smith, one of the most prominent leaders of the Jesus movement.

Grammer shared on NBC’s “Tonight Show” last month how he decided to take the role, seeming to suggest God’s hand may have been in it.

The actor, best known for his role as psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane in “Cheers” and “Frasier,” told “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon, “The truth is I was having sort of a meditative evening one night in my home, and I was up pretty late. It was about 3, 4 in the morning.”



“And I started to think, ‘I want to do something worthwhile, something that has a bigger purpose than just me.’ And I was kind of saying a prayer, I guess. And the next morning the script lands on my door. And I read it and I said, ‘OK, that’s it. I’m doing this Jesus story.’”

“It’s a sign,” Fallon said.

Grammer seemed to agree, saying, “It’s pretty cool.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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