• 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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