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.

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War Room is now the top-grossing evangelical movie ever


War Room has set another milestone.

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War Room sets a new milestone for “faith-based” films


Might as well note this milestone: In 1999, The Omega Code stunned the movie world by becoming the first evangelical Christian movie to crack the weekly box-office top ten. Now, in 2015, War Room has become the first such film to reach #1.

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Exodus: Gods and Kings: Blu-Ray bonus features revealed

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Exodus: Gods and Kings comes to Digital HD four weeks from now, on March 3, and then it comes to Blu-Ray two weeks after that, on March 17. And now, via High-Def Digest, we have more information regarding what will be on those Blu-Ray sets.

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Oscar winners slipping at the box office — 2014

americansniperI devoted posts to this subject in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013 — so here’s the post for 2014.

2005 marked the first time since 1996 that the Best Picture winner did not gross at least $100 million, the first time since 1985 that not one of the Best Picture nominees grossed at least $100 million, and the first time in living memory that the Oscar did not go to one of the Top 25 films in North America. In fact, the winner that year — Crash — grossed a mere $54.6 million and ranked way, way down at #49.

Ever since then, the Oscar for Best Picture has alternated between relatively big hits and somewhat smaller box-office performers. But that trend could end this year, as the Academy now seems poised to reward two small films in a row.

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Box office: Exodus: Gods and Kings slips some more, but is now the third-highest-grossing Bible movie worldwide

exodus-DF-02915_2917RExodus: Gods and Kings continued to fall down the charts in its fifth week at the North American box office.

Ridley Scott’s Moses movie earned just $1.1 million this week, which represents a drop of 71.2% since last week. That was easily the steepest slide in the Top 20, and the film’s per-screen average of $963 was also the lowest in the Top 20 this week.

Exodus has seen its audience shrink every week since its underwhelming debut last month — even over the holidays, when most films get a box-office boost. Despite opening at #1 less than a month ago, this week it landed at #18.

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