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  • Writer's pictureThomas Bonifield

"His Only Son" Delivers at the Box Office

Updated: Apr 3, 2023

The movie about the Biblical story of Abraham and Isaac claims third place in its debut weekend.

Nicolas Mouawad (standing) and Edaan Moskowitz appear in scene from "His Only Son."
Nicolas Mouawad (standing) and Edaan Moskowitz appear in a scene from "His Only Son." Image: Angel Studios.

Though clearly not on the scale of Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner, pictures based on Old Testament stories still have drawing power at American movie theaters. His Only Son made that clear this weekend, bringing in $5.5 million from Friday through Sunday, according to Box Office Mojo, a performance that impressively put it in third place overall.

"His Only Son" earned an A rating according to audience surveys from CinemaScore.
"His Only Son" earned an A rating according to audience surveys from CinemaScore. Image: CinemaScore/from Instagram.

It was also well received by moviegoers, earning an A rating from those surveyed by CinemaScore, which polls opening-night audiences and assigns films a letter grade on an A+ to F scale based on the responses.

From Angel Studios - the outfit behind The Chosen - this picture stars Lebanese actor Nicolas Mouawad as Abraham and Israeli-American Edaan Moskowitz as his son Isaac. It follows them on their journey to Mount Moriah, where - as Genesis 22 details - God commanded the father to sacrifice his son, before ultimately sparing the boy.

As a point of reference in terms of the box office performance, the Christian movie Jesus Revolution - which is still in theaters - brought in a whopping $15.8 million on its opening weekend, meaning this is not an off-the-charts showing for a faith-based film. It is, however, a good one by multiple measures: ticket revenue, audience response, and its overall finishing position...third place is third place, and the filmmakers behind His Only Son must be thrilled.


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