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UPDATE: 25 MILLION DOLLARS for SON of GOD but BEAT OUT by NON-STOP! SON OF GOD earns over ONE MILLION DOLLARS Thursday NIGHT! Beats out NON-STOP! UPDATE: BIBLE MOVIE only $600,000 SHORT after FRIDAY NUMBERS!

Based on this report, it seems that the faith-based Son of God (Yes, it’s about Jesus! YAH!) beat out at the box office the action film Non-Stop!

Son of God opened to an impressive $1.2 million Thursday night at the North American box office. That was enough to beat the $720,000 earned by Neeson action pic Non-Stop, although Son of God benefited mightily from advance ticket sales.

And there may be more surprises in store for this movie, ironically coming out on the weekend that those film awards I am not watching after they kicked the Song candidate out for what could be aggravated Christianity!  (I plan to watch Chariots of Fire on my laptop instead!)

All along the Bible Belt, from California to Georgia, church pastors are ushering the faithful out of their pews and into the multiplexes in a bid to make Son of God top the box office charts this Oscars weekend.

As the first major theatrical life of Jesus since George Steven’s 1965 release The Greatest Story Ever Told, the film racked up more than $4m (£2.4m) in advance ticket sales as churches block-booked entire cinemas for last night’s opening showings.

Even the Hollywood Reporter admits Jesus could end up on top of the box office charts!

Based on those numbers, Non-Stop should earn $22 million to $25 million for the weekend, while Son of God could earn anywhere between $20 million and $22 million, the big caveat being that faith-based films are notoriously difficult to model. For that reason, Son of God could overperform if traffic remains strong throughout the weekend.

See to it if you can that the Hollywood Reporter is wrong – go see Son of God – and even better yet – go Sunday evening during the award show whose name I am not mentioning this weekend!  (To know more about Jesus and eternal life, go here!)

UPDATE:  Most places, including Box Office Mojo, are saying Son of God ($9.4m) is only $600,000 behind Non-Stop ($10m) and they estimate about $22 million for the Biblical film and $25m for the action thriller.  But we’ll see…

UPDATE:  The final numbers had $25m for Son of God but $28m+ for Non-Stop.  Of course the real victory is if/when people are saved or grow in their faith through this movie.  Invite your lost friend (or even enemy!) to see Son of God this coming weekend!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

2 Responses to “UPDATE: 25 MILLION DOLLARS for SON of GOD but BEAT OUT by NON-STOP! SON OF GOD earns over ONE MILLION DOLLARS Thursday NIGHT! Beats out NON-STOP! UPDATE: BIBLE MOVIE only $600,000 SHORT after FRIDAY NUMBERS!”

  1. Gene Lefty says:

    Sandy, where is this playing at?

    Maybe people should purchase a ticket and give to their State and Federal elected officials. Or, rent a theater and play it for them, and give each one a Bible on the way out the door. I say maybe, because I have not seen it yet.

    Regarding a post the other day, some comments, Sin, and Arizona. There is James 2:10. And then there is John 8::7. Then Romans 12:19.

    People should understand Satan is using all means to destroy God’s people, including the media. In my opinion the only truth now is found in Scripture. Everything else is a lie and deception, everything.

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