Christian independent movie, "I'm In Love With A Church Girl," looks to be quite a hit after a strong opening weekend in select theaters.
It is currently the #1 independent movie in theaters, with Rolling Stone calling the film "the biggest indie debut this week," with showings on more than 450 screens averaging, per screen $2300.
The movie stars Jeff "Ja Rule" Atkin, Adrienne Bailon, Stephen Baldwin, Vincent Pastore, Michael Madsen, T-Bone, Martin Kove and TobyMac, with Steve Race directing.
The story focuses on Ja Rule looks to find "faith and redemption" from a past of crime after meeting the girl of his dream, Bailon, who happens to be a church girl.
"I got a call about the film, I read the script and liked the character," said Ja Rule to The Christian Post "I felt there were parallels between me and Miles life. [There's a lot of parallels] he's going through a struggle between good and evil, he's trying to do something positive with his life. He's looking towards the light and his past keeps bringing him back to a dark place and I can really relate to that."
The rapper, like his character Miles Montego, just came out of a stint in prison.
Churches have flocked to support the film and are going on church visits to theaters.
"'I'm in Love With A Church Girl' may be one of a very small handful of totally in your face unapologetic Christian movies that's hitting 500 screens. That's quite unusual in the distribution process in Hollywood. So the fact that the companies that are involved in this [such as] Sony and Vivendi is really encouraging," said actor Stephen Baldwin to CP about his goal working on the movie.
"I'm In Love With A Church Girl," is rated PG and is distributed in the United States by High Top Releasing.
For more info about the movie visit, www.iminlovewithachurchgirl.com.