• Thomas Bonifield

"Breakthrough" Bursts out of Gate

This Christian film has a big first day at the box office and audiences really like it.

A digital movie theater poster for "Breakthrough."

With Easter coming this Sunday, Breakthrough is expected to have a big opening weekend. The film, from Christian producer DeVon Franklin, debuted yesterday and performed well, bringing in amost $1.9 million, according to The Numbers.


That's good for second place overall at the box office, behind only Shazam. It's worth noting that the superhero flick is playing in 4,300 theaters versus 2,764 for Breakthrough and still only brought in about $20,000 more. Revenue predictions for this debut weekend for the inspirational story range from $12 - $20 million. We anticipate it will do $16 million.


Easter weekend is traditionally a good one for faith-based films and this picture has everything it needs to keep that trend going: it's from a big studio, has a strong cast and crew and is well made. The initial audience reaction is very positive, too: they gave it an "A," according to the market research firm, CinemaScore. You can check out our review via this link.


Breakthrough tells the miraculous true story of a Missouri boy who was brought back to life through prayer after drowning in an icy lake. It stars Chrissy Metz, Topher Grace, Josh Lucas, Marcel Ruiz, Mike Colter and Dennis Haysbert.

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