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  • Writer's pictureThomas Bonifield

A Rare Revenue Feat from "Jesus Revolution"

Updated: Apr 3, 2023

The Erwin Brothers' faith-based period piece joins elite company at the box office.

Jonathan Roumie (right foreground) appears in a scene from "Jesus Revolution."
Jonathan Roumie (right foreground) appears in a scene from "Jesus Revolution." Image: Kingdom Story Company/Lionsgate.

You can count on two hands - literally - the Christian movies that have earned more than $50 million dollars in ticket revenue in the United States, and Jesus Revolution is now among them: it crossed that threshold on Friday night, its 36th day in release. When you add in Saturday and Sunday, the film sits at $50.9 million total, according to data from The Numbers website.

The achievement also makes this the second picture from the Alabama-born filmmaking brothers Andrew and Jon Erwin in that exclusive club: their film I Can Only Imagine brought in a particularly impressive $83.4 million in domestic ticket sales. That puts the 2018 hit in third place all time in the Christian genre by our calculation. Jesus Revolution will not go nearly as high, though, since it is already shedding theaters. (In case you are wondering, Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ is far and away the leader in the genre at a colossal $370 million in American earnings - and $612 million worldwide - a figure that may well never be topped.

This movie, which stars Jonathan Roumie, Kelsey Grammer and Joel Courtney and tells the true story of America's last great revival, will almost certainly, however, add a couple million more to its domestic tally before it ends its theatrical run. It has also started rolling out in theaters overseas, meaning the international revenue is about to start flowing as well. The C-suite at Lionsgate - the Erwins' studio partners - are no doubt gleeful at their decision back in 2019 to dive into faith-based film with the brothers.


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