• Thomas Bonifield

"American Underdog" Misses the Box Office Top-5 for the 1st Time

Updated: Jan 18

The faith-based film about football Hall-of-Famer Kurt Warner still claims a spot in the weekend Top-10, though, and brings in respectable revenue.

Anna Paquin and Zachary Levi appear in a scene from "American Underdog."
Anna Paquin and Zachary Levi appear in a scene from "American Underdog." Image: Kingdom Story Company/Lionsgate.

American Underdog brought in nearly $1.6 million from Friday through Sunday, according to data from The Numbers website, putting it in seventh place overall at the weekend box office. This marks the first time since it debuted on Christmas Day that it has not finished in the Top-5.


Another drop in the movie's theater count is partially responsible for that lower revenue finish: it lost about eight percent of its venues from the previous weekend and is now showing in just over 2,500 theaters. That dynamic is likely to accelerate in the weeks ahead, meaning the total revenue figure of just over $21 million is not likely to go dramatically higher. The release of a new faith-based picture this coming weekend - Redeeming Love - will also eat into ticket sales for American Underdog.


This biopic, from the brother duo of Andrew Erwin and Jon Erwin, stars Zachary Levi as former football great Kurt Warner and features Anna Paquin as his wife, Brenda, and Dennis Quaid in the role of coach Dick Vermeil. The movie is based on Warner's memoir All Things Possible and he and Brenda served as executive producers.