Heaven Is for Real took in $4.4 million and finished in sixth place in a week where Godzilla won the box office, taking in $93.2 million.
The Japanese monster blockbuster beat out Neighbors and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to give it the second-largest opening weekend of the year behind last month's Captain America: The Winter Soldier's $95 million debut.
Randall Wallace's faith flick Heaven Is for Real continued to defy box office prognosticators who had originally suggested that the film might make a respectable $40 million; it has brought $82.3 million in the five weeks since its April 16 release. more >>
A fundraising event that featured the screening of a yet-to-be released political thriller hosted by the film's producer and a Southern California church to help purchase a home for the family of Pastor Saeed Abedini was called a success by organizers.
Daniel Lusko, writer and director of the film "Persecuted," partnered with Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel to host the movie event at a theater in the Palm Springs area. Saeed Abedini's wife, Naghmah, attended the screening. Organizers said the theater was sold out ($10 donations for tickets) in an hour and they could have sold out two more theater screenings.
"Events like we experienced last night with Naghmah Abadini are the reason this film exists, allowing the movie to benefit people around the world with real struggles," Lusko told The Christian Post. "I hope this film will not only aide in creating a movement of awareness that will lead to Pastor Saeed's freedom, but also a greater awakening that will bridge the gap between Americans and those suffering from persecution overseas." more >>
Survivors of a powerful tornado that killed 24 people, injured nearly 400 others and caused more than $2 billion in damages share how their faith in God helped them to make sense of their harrowing experiences and devastating losses in the new documentary, Where Was God? Stories of Hope After the Storm.
On May 20, 2013, a powerful tornado touched down in Moore, Oklahoma, and barreled 17 miles through the state's seventh largest city for a gut-wrenching 39 minutes. An entire elementary school was destroyed, several children from another elementary school were killed, and more than a dozen homes were either flattened or swept away by the storm.
Oklahoma, a tornado-prone state, was hit again in late April when a storm barreled through its borders and those of several other states, leaving at least 35 people dead and countless homes destroyed. But the tornado experienced by Moore residents and those in near-by towns in 2013 was one of the 10 most powerful twisters to ever hit Oklahoma, having inflicted EF5, or 200-plus mph wind damage. more >>
Independent filmmakers have successfully raised the money necessary to fund a movie project about late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell.
Producers of "America's Biggest Serial Killer" were able to raise over $2.2 million by midnight on Monday, exceeding the minimum amount mandated by Indiegogo, the crowdfunding website they used.
Ann and Phelim Media, the people behind the crowdfunding project, said it was "by far the most successful non-celebrity crowdfunded film on ANY crowdfunding platform." It even beat "projects from Hollywood celebrities such as James Franco." more >>
The founding partner of Christian film studio Pure Flix Entertainment and Hollywood actor himself, David A.R. White, has said that despite his credentials, making movies for the church audience is challenging.
"I don't think it's any mystery that any Christians can be some of the most judgmental people on the planet," White told The Christian Post recently, laughing. "You're dealing with that, but at the same token, they are also some of the most loving people. You have a wide array of people that are watching something and you cannot please everyone at the same time. Half the people will love it; half the people will hate it. Half the people won't see it.
"You don't know going in [to the movie making experience, what the outcome will be.] If it was a science, everyone would be doing it. You make a product and you put it out and you do it with as much excellence and also wisdom as possible and then it's the Lord that drives it and determines where it will go," White added. more >>
Michael B. Jordan, known for his role in "The Wire" and "Friday Night Lights," and more recently "Fruitvale Station" and the upcoming "Fantastic Four" movies, recently shared that he grew up in church and has "always believed in a higher power."
"Spiritual. Hands down. Grew up in church," Jordan, 27, told Essence.com when asked about his religious leanings. "I've always been the person to ask, 'Why, why, why? Where's the proof?' I've always believed in a higher power, something bigger than myself. I think you would be foolish to not feel that way."
When asked for a proverb, quote or scripture that he often turns to, the award-winning actor stated that he often looks to Psalm 91 and Psalm 23, the latter a consistent favorite among Bible readers. Jordan also mentioned that his eventual day of departure keeps him motivated to "make a difference" in the world and to do something that ensures that he is never forgotten. more >>