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Faith-based movies gaining attention of Hollywood, exceeding ticket expectations

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With recent mainstream movies like "NOAH" and "Heaven Is for Real," it is obvious Hollywood has been paying attention to the enormous audience out there for faith-based films. Unfortunately, the "Noah" movie was handled with such laughable clumsiness and deviousness that it turned into an epic #fail, losing its faith-based audience at the ticket counter.

However TriStar's "Heaven Is for Real" seems to have captivated audiences of all walks with its story of a little boy whose vision of heaven when he died and was revived has inspired millions, earning the number 2 movie spot at the box office over the Easter weekend.

Perhaps even more interesting are movies like Kevin Sorbo's low-budget ($2 million) overtly Christian-themed movie "God's Not Dead" which finished at #11 for the weekend with over with $4.7 million, even though it has been playing in theaters for several weeks. Another recent movie, "Son of God,"has grossed nearly $63 million worldwide so far.

In response, even more faith-based films are coming out by summer. "Mom's Night Out," a faith-rooted comedy about the trials and joys of parenting starring Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy), Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings, Rudy) Emmy Award® winner Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond, The Middle) and platinum-selling country music artist Trace Adkins (Lincoln Lawyer) is the the next faith-based film from TriStar Pictures. It hits theaters on May 9 just in time for Mother’s Day weekend.

Also coming up will be "The Secret Handshake" with Amy Grant and Kevin Sorbo and the Oscar-nominated "Alone Yet Not Alone" releasing on Father's Day. Apparently, if Hollywood doesn't want to fully step up to the plate, there are plenty of independent studios willing to entertain the large faith-based movie demographic.

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