Bishop T.D. Jakes’ “Jumping the Broom” landed the No. 3 spot at the box office this past weekend with sales so far totaling double the production costs.
The PG-13 romantic comedy debuted with $13.7 million, beating the secular comedy “Something Borrowed” which made $13.2 million. The superhero film “Thor” took the number one spot with a $66 million debut, followed by “Fast Five,” which was in its second weekend, with $32.5 million, earning a total of $139.9 million since its debut.
“Jumping the Broom,” which only took about $6.6 million to make, garnered an “A” rating on CinemaScore while moviegoers gave the $150 million movie “Thor” a “B+.”
“Thank u to EVERYBODY who made opening weekend a tremendous success! I was so honored to see so many people rally around Jumpingthebroom!” Jakes posted on his Twitter today.
Founding pastor of The Potter’s House in Dallas and film producer Jakes told The Christian Post earlier this year that with his film company, T.D. Jake Enterprises, he hopes to change the “Hollywood machine” and widen the relationship between Hollywood and Christians, especially considering the two “haven’t spoken to each other in a while.”
His previous big screen credits include, “Woman, Thou Art Loosed” and “Not Easily Broken,” where both films featured an A cast like Kimberly Elise and Taraji P. Henson, among others.
“Jumping the Broom” follows a couple, played by Laz Alonso and Paula Patton, and their two clashing families with divergent socioeconomic backgrounds during their weekend wedding. The film is not designed to preach to viewers, Jakes stated. Rather, it relays messages on abstinence, marriage and family through comedy.
Jakes also plays a minor role as Rev. James and encourages the couple to maintain their moral standards as Christians by vowing to remain abstinent until their wedding. Although the movie begins with a scene of Patton the morning after having casual sex, Jakes wanted to portray that although our goal should always be the pursuit to becoming better humans, people will make mistakes on the way.