• Thomas Bonifield

Tepid Turnout for the Kendrick Brothers' New Film "Courageous Legacy"

The 10th year anniversary re-release cracks the Top 15 at the weekend box office, but the numbers are unimpressive.

Alex Kendrick (center) in a scene from "Courageous Legacy." Image: Affirm Films.

Not an auspicious debut weekend for Courageous Legacy, the latest film from Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick. An updated version of their 2011 hit Courageous, this iteration brought in just $286,000 at the box office from Friday through Sunday, according to Box Office Mojo, putting the faith-based picture in 14th place overall.


As a point of reference, the Georgia brothers' first documentary, Show Me the Father, pulled in $700,000 and claimed 9th place at the weekend box office when it released earlier this month, and the original Courageous, which features Alex Kendrick in the lead role, opened with what was by comparison a massive $9.1 million when it rolled out a decade ago. To be fair to this new version of the film, the coronavirus has changed the moviegoing landscape, one, and - new scenes and a new ending aside - this is a re-release, two.


Nevertheless, considering that there were only two movies in the weekend Top-20 that saw lower revenue per theater than Courageous Legacy, it's hard to imagine that the Kendrick Brothers and their studio partners at Sony Pictures' Affirm Films division are not disappointed with the movie's performance.