Professional wrestlers and medical miracles abound in two new “faith-based” movie trailers


I’ve been writing a lot about the Bible movies coming out next year, but there are other “faith-based” films in the wings. Two of them released new trailers in recent weeks.

First, there is The Masked Saint, which opens January 8. It’s based on the true story of a pro wrestler turned pastor who decides to wear the costume again to become a masked vigilante. This film is notable for being one of the last films to star the late wrestling champ “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who passed away in July of this year:

Then, there is Miracles from Heaven, which opens March 18 — one week after The Young Messiah and one week before Easter. Produced by Joe Roth, T.D. Jakes and DeVon Franklin — the same team that produced Heaven Is for Real — this film is based on a book by Christy Beam that describes how her daughter visited heaven, but the trailer avoids hinting at that aspect of the story until its very last moments:

Incidentally, this is my first post on the “faith-based” genre in over a month, so just to update my earlier comments about the box-office performance of these films:

War Room is still the undisputed champion, having inched up to $67.2 million since opening in late August. As of last weekend, it was still playing in over 200 theatres.

90 Minutes in Heaven has left theatres after grossing $4.8 million since September.

And Woodlawn, which opened four weeks ago, has raked in $13 million so far. That beats the Erwin brothers’ previous record (of $10.4 million for Moms’ Night Out) and is one of the better performances ever for an independent Christian movie that isn’t based on a Bible story. The film was still playing in over 900 theatres last week.

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