Indie film “God’s Not Dead” is rocking the weekend box office, bringing in $2.8 million from just 780 theaters on Friday. Its $3,613 per-screen average was better than any movie in the market except for “Divergent” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” The Wrap noted Saturday.
It was running third after Friday and will likely come in around $8 million for the three days.
The low-budget PG-13 drama about a Christian college student (Shane Harper) in an epic battle with an atheist philosophy professor who threatens to fail him if he refuses to disavow God’s existence.
Freestyle Releasing co-president Mark Borde said he wasn’t surprised about the movie’s big initial draw at the box office.
“While this huge opening may be a surprise to the industry, it is not so much to us,” he told The Wrap on Saturday. “The in-house tracking, the legitimate one million Facebook fans, the very high trending on Twitter and Fandango among many other platforms, and the huge positive reaction from the hundreds of screenings over the many past months, gave us hope for a significant opening.”
Actors Kevin Sorbo, Dean Cain and “Duck Dynasty” stars Willie and Korie Robertson are among the recognizable names who appear in the movie in an effort to spark public conversation about God’s existence.
Here’s the official trailer via YouTube: