• Thomas Bonifield

"Paul's Promise" Squeaks into the Top-20 at the Box Office

Updated: Oct 25

The Christian biopic about a racist firefighter-turned-preacher delivers a solid performance in its debut weekend.

Dean Cain appears in a scene from "Paul's Promise."
Supporting actor Dean Cain appears in a scene from "Paul's Promise." Image: Damascus Road Productions.

The new faith-based picture Paul's Promise brought in $140,000 at the box office from Friday through Sunday, according to The Numbers website, which was enough to put it in 20th place overall. Though that sort of revenue may not strike one as so impressive at first glance, it is a solid number considering that the film played in fewer than 400 theaters on its opening weekend.


This movie, which has a strong cast of Christian actors, including Dean Cain, Shari Rigby and Nancy Stafford, tells the true story of Paul Holderfield, an Arkansas firefighter who turned from his racial bigotry to found and lead one of the first integrated churches in the American South. Hollywood acting veteran Ryan O'Quinn stars in that lead role and does double duty, having produced this civil-rights-era period piece as well.