There’s a new movie out at the box office, called Overcomer, that has Christian audiences jumping for joy.
Although the movie was only allowed to start in 1,733 theaters (there are 5,833 in the US), Facts and Trends reports that it still had an “impressive debut while showing in less theaters that any other movie in the top 10 and roughly half as many as the others in the top five.”
According to PR Newswire:
OVERCOMER, the highly-anticipated sixth film from Alex and Stephen Kendrick (WAR ROOM, COURAGEOUS, FIREPROOF, FACING THE GIANTS, FLYWHEEL) is the #3 movie after Friday night showings, generating an estimated $3.1 million at the box office on more than 1,700 screens. OVERCOMER’s strong initial showing puts it on pace to be the filmmaker’s second-best opening.
The PG-rated faith film also earned a rare “A+” CinemaScore awarded by moviegoers in exit polling, making Alex Kendrick the second director in history to receive three A+ CinemaScore ratings. Kendrick’s previous films COURAGEOUS and WAR ROOM were also awarded an A+. On average, two films a year earn the coveted A+ CinemaScore, which makes this feat all the more impressive.
“OVERCOMER has been an audience favorite from the beginning, even in our test screenings,” said Rich Peluso, EVP/Head of AFFIRM Films. “Alex and Stephen Kendrick understand how to connect to the heart of a viewer and that’s one of the reasons they have been so successful.”
Box Office Mojo even had kind things to say:
Sony and AFFIRM’s Overcomer outperformed all expectations, opening with an impressive $8.2 million from just 1,723 locations. The performance is the third largest opening for a film from faith-based filmmakers the Kendrick brothers, whose last film, War Room grossed over $67 million following an $11.3 million debut in 2015.
But of course, there are always people who try to spin the truth.
Some critics completely ignored the movie and instead focused on the new anti-marriage, gallows-humor horror flick, Ready or Not, calling it, “Smart, subversive, and darkly funny.”
But just for fun, let’s look at the facts.
Here are the stats for Overcomer:
|(#3 rank, 1,723 theaters, $4,728 average)|
|% of Total Gross:||100.0%|
Here are the stats for Ready Or Not:
|(#6 rank, 2,855 theaters, $2,808 average)|
|% of Total Gross:||72.6%|
The facts speak for themselves… an impressive feat, for sure.
So what’s the movie even about?
According to AFFIRM/Provident Films:
Life changes overnight for Coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team and state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant shuts down and hundreds of families leave their town, John questions how he and his family will face an uncertain future. After reluctantly agreeing to coach cross-country, John and his wife, Amy, meet an aspiring athlete who’s pushing her limits on a journey toward discovery. Inspired by the words and prayers of a new-found friend, John becomes the least likely coach helping the least likely runner attempt the impossible in the biggest race of the year.
You can see the trailer for Overcomer below:
Have you seen Overcomer yet? Do you recommend it?