HOME > NEWSROOM > ARTICLES > God’s Not Dead Movie Celebrates $9.2M Opening; Expands to More Theaters

God’s Not Dead Movie Celebrates $9.2M Opening; Expands to More Theaters

God's Not DeadGod’s Not Dead, a film from new NRB member Pure Flix Entertainment, opened with a stellar per screen average of nearly $12,000 and ranked #4 in the box office this past weekend.

Though only shown in 780 theaters, the movie was able to gross more than $9.2 million opening weekend.

“Demand for God’s Not Dead in the faith-based community has been significant because the message is culturally relevant to millions of Americans,” said David A.R. White, Managing Partner of Pure Flix. “As Variety noted this weekend, God’s Not Dead is providing content for a much underserved audience and Pure Flix exists to help fill that void.”

Termed the “biggest surprise” of the weekend by Entertainment Weekly and the “biggest shocker” of the weekend by Variety, the success of God’s Not Dead did not surprise Pure Flix, which has produced, acquired, marketed, and distributed more than 75 faith and family-friendly properties.

“We’ve seen for months a huge interest among consumers in God’s Not Dead, evidenced by our massive social media fan base which has over 1 million followers on Facebook,” said Michael Scott, Managing Partner of Pure Flix. “Our grassroots marketing efforts encompassing the church, social media, events, and publicity were laser focused on our core market. That focus, coupled with the overt faith-based message of this film, contributed to its success.”

As a result of the success, the movie, which was screened last month by participants of the NRB 2014 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN, will now be shown in around 1,000 theaters.

Starring Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), Shane Harper (Good Luck Charlie), and Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), among others, God’s Not Dead revolves around college student Josh Wheaton (Harper), who is challenged by his philosophy professor (Sorbo) with a daunting task: if Josh will not admit that “God Is Dead,” he must prove God’s existence by presenting well-researched, intellectual arguments, and evidence over the course of the semester, and engage the professor in a head-to-head debate in front of the class. If Josh fails to convince his classmates of God’s existence, he will fail the course and hinder his lofty academic goals.

Alan Sears, President, CEO, and General Counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, has called the film “an important and wonderful family movie everyone should see.”

Tim Wildmon, President of the American Family Association, said the story is “gripping,” and Lloyd Parker, COO of WAY-FM, said the movie is “powerful.”

To see the trailer and to learn more about the film, go to GodsNotDeadTheMovie.com or "like" it on Facebook at Facebook.com/GodsNotDeadTheMovie. You can also view the trailer below.


Published: March 27, 2014

Latest News

President Obama Meets Family of Jailed Pastor

While in Idaho last week, President Barack Obama took the opportunity to meet with the family of Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen who has been imprisoned for his faith in Iran for over two years.

New Step by Facebook Against ‘Misleading News’

Facebook announced last week that it has a new tool for combating “hoaxes, or misleading news.” When users of the social media platform choose to hide a story from their individual news feeds...

New FCC Closed Captioning Laws to Focus on Quality

The FCC issued its first set of closed captioning requirements over sixteen years ago in order to provide telecommunications for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Pai’s Chief of Staff on FCC Partisanship

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai’s Chief of Staff, Matthew Berry, did not mince words on his perspective of the atmosphere at the agency.

Protecting Marriage: How to Get the Media Message Right for This Generation

Natural and biblical marriage between a man and a woman is under unprecedented attack.

NRB15 Program Book Now Available Online!

Get an early start on your daily plans for the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention by downloading the PDF version of the Program Book here.

Top 5 Reasons to Create Your 'My Show' Planner for NRB15

This year’s NRB International Christian Media Convention has nearly 200 exhibitors to visit. Maximize your time on the Exhibit Floor by taking a few moments now to create your My Show Planner.

INK 180 Documentary Given Highest Rating by the Dove Foundation

The Dove Foundation has given its highest seal of approval to the documentary INK 180.

Former Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton to Speak at NRB15

John R. Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, is scheduled to speak on Monday, February 23, 2015, at a special event during the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN.

Prime Minister Netanyahu to Address Congress in March

A day after President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address to issue a veto threat against new sanctions on Iran, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) announced that...

More News