War Room Takes Box Office Crown; Sets Stage for Future Christian Filmmakers

War RoomFaith-based family drama War Room continues to exceed expectations, taking the box office crown in its second weekend.  After opening as the No. 1 faith-based movie of 2015, War Room took in $13.4 million from 1,526 locations over the four-day holiday weekend, bringing the estimated total cume to $28.7 million.

“Cinematic history was made this weekend when War Room became the No. 1 new release at the box office nationally,” said Stephan Schultze, Executive Director of Liberty University’s Cinematic Arts, Zaki Gordon Center. “This is the first faith-based film to reach that distinction, and I believe it marks the coming-of-age of Christian cinema."

Produced by the team behind Fireproof and Courageous, War Room is a compelling drama with humor and heart that explores the power that prayer can have on marriages, parenting, careers, friendships, and every other area of our lives.

War Room tells the story of Tony and Elizabeth Jordan, who seemingly have it all - great jobs, a beautiful daughter, and their dream house. But beneath the veneer, Tony and Elizabeth Jordan’s world is actually crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. While Tony basks in his professional success and flirts with temptation, Elizabeth resigns herself to increasing bitterness. But their lives take an unexpected turn when Elizabeth meets her newest client, Miss Clara, and is challenged to establish a “war room” and a battle plan of prayer for her family. As Elizabeth tries to fight for her family, Tony’s hidden struggles come to light. Tony must decide if he will make amends to his family and prove Miss Clara’s wisdom that victories don’t come by accident.

For the film, co-writers/brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick recruited 18 college students from six different colleges, including NRB member schools Liberty University, North Greenville University, and Moody Bible Institute. The production also involved hundreds of others representing 85 churches from 19 different towns in North Carolina.

As the Kendrick Brothers planned the production of their fifth film, one of their goals was to invest in some of the brightest and most promising students from across the country who are actively pursuing a future in Christian filmmaking. Seeing 2 Timothy 2:2 as a great model, the brothers felt God wanted them to train the next generation of filmmakers and desired to “entrust … to faithful men [and women] who will be able to teach others also.”

"Every generation needs to pour into and invest in the next generation," Stephen said. "We pray that everyone able to stand on our shoulders, one day will make even better movies."

To date, War Room has enjoyed media coverage from outlets such as The Associated Press, The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Forbes, USA Today, Entertainment Tonight, CBS, FOX News, and others.

The micro-budget ($3.5M) PG-rated War Room has proven to be the perfect programming for families of all ages seeking a wholesome and inspiring film. With an A+ CinemaScore, War Room is expected to have long legs well into the fall season.

A Kendrick Brothers production, War Room is distributed by Sony's TriStar Pictures with marketing by Provident Films and AFFIRM Films.

To learn more, visit WarRoomTheMovie.com.

By NRB Staff

Published: September 10, 2015

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