The biopic about Christian athlete Kurt Warner delivers strong revenue figures in its debut.
American Underdog came in at number five in ticket sales for the weekend, despite playing for only two days instead of three; it opened on Saturday - Christmas Day - and not on Friday like all the other new films. It nevertheless brought in nearly $5.9 million, according to numbers from Box Office Mojo, putting it just $25,000 behind fourth place finisher The King's Man.
This is the latest picture from Andrew Erwin and Jon Erwin, the co-directing brother team who are among the top filmmakers in the Christian genre, and it tells the story of football Hall-of-Famer Kurt Warner, a devout Believer who came virtually out of nowhere to lead the then St. Louis Rams to a Super Bowl title back in the year 2000. It stars Zachary Levi as Warner, Academy Award-winner Anna Paquin as Warner's wife Brenda and Dennis Quaid in the role of the Rams' coach Dick Vermeil.
In a recent social media post, Levi calls American Underdog "an incredibly inspiring movie," and has previously said that Warner's story is "very powerful" and that he felt "blessed" to be part of the project. In that post, the Louisiana native adds that he wants the film to fill "everyone who watches it with hope and love and feelings of family."
It would seem that message is indeed touching fans in a positive way because, in addition to the aforementioned box office revenue, the film earned an "A+" rating from audiences on opening night according to CinemaScore, an outfit that conducts market research for new movies.
You can, of course, decide for yourself: the picture is now playing in nearly 3,000 theaters nationwide, meaning there's bound to be one in your area. The trailer below will give you a feel for what to expect.