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Top-10 Finish at the Box Office for "I Heard the Bells"

The biopic about Henry Wadsworth Longfellow gets off to a good start in its inaugural weekend in theaters.

Stephen Atherholt plays American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in a scene from "I Heard the Bells."
Stephen Atherholt plays American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in a scene from "I Heard the Bells." Image: Sight & Sound Films/Instagram.

The Christian theater group Sight & Sound could hardly have hoped for a better start for its first feature film. I Heard the Bells scored a spot in the Top-10 at the weekend box office, bringing in $2 million from Friday through Sunday, according to Box Office Mojo. That is enough to put it in sixth place overall, and when you throw in Thursday night previews the total revenue climbs to $2.77 million.


That is a good performance in general, but it is particularly impressive in light of the fact that the faith-based movie played in just 1,082 theaters over the weekend - the big studio films open in 3,000 to 4,000 plus venues - and in fewer than 500 on Thursday. The picture tells the uplifting story of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's return to the Faith during the American Civil War, having previously wavered because of family tragedy.


A limited release, I Heard the Bells is scheduled to run in theaters only through December 8th. You can purchase tickets to one in your area via this link to the website of Fathom Events, the movie's distributor.



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