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How is “Witnesses” doing thus far?

How is “Witnesses” doing thus far? June 6, 2021

 

The principal stars of "Witnesses"
At the 2 June 2021 premiere of “Witnesses,” from the left: Paul Kandarian (older David Whitmer), Paul Wuthrich (Joseph Smith Jr.), Michael Zuccola (younger David Whitmer), Camrey Bagley Fox (Emma Smith), Lincoln Hoppe (Martin Harris), and Caleb J. Spivak (Oliver Cowdery)

 

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How is Witnesses doing thus far?  Truth be told, we don’t really know for certain.  Hard numbers haven’t yet arrived via reliable channels.  But here is something that you might find interesting, from something called Deadline, also known as Deadline Hollywood, an online news site that is focused on the  entertainment industry and that is reputed to be one of Hollywood’s most followed websites:

 

“Faith-Based ‘Witnesses’ Debuts With Commanding $155K Weekend; ‘Bố Già’ Continues Specialty Box Office Dominance”

 

Our distributor told me today that Witnesses is currently the top faith-focused movie in the United States and that it ranks tenth in the United States among movies overall.  I myself don’t know where those rankings are to be found, but I rather like the sound of them.

 

May I suggest that seeing Witnesses would be an excellent activity for Family Night?  And please don’t forget that, at least in some areas, theaters offer things like Five Dollar Tuesdays.  If you haven’t yet seen Witnesses, I hope that you’ll soon take the opportunity to do so.  Although we obviously have high ambitions for Witnesses, there is no guarantee that a film — especially something of a niche film like Witnesses — will be around on theater screens for a long run.  It might, or it might not.

 

That book is true. . . .  I wrote it myself as it fell from the lips of the prophet. It contains the everlasting gospel, and comes in fulfillment of the revelations of John where it says he saw an angel come with the everlasting gospel to preach to every nation, tongue and people. It contains principles of salvation. And if you will walk by its light and obey its precepts you will be saved in the everlasting kingdom of God.  (Oliver Cowdery)

 

I have not come to seek place, nor to interfere with the business and calling of those men who have borne the burden since the death of Joseph. I throw myself at your feet, and wish to be one of your number, and be a mere member of the Church, and my mere asking to be baptized is an end to all pretensions to authority.  (“Report to Presidents Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Willard Richards and the Authorities of the Church,” Oliver Cowdery statement upon requesting rebaptism in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [5 April 1849])

 

 

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