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Son of God opens strongly in theaters

Son of God was shown in 3,260 theaters nation-wide and grossed $26,500,000 in its opening weekend. This is significant because how well a movie does in its opening weekend affects the ability of movie producers and their investors to show and distribute their films. How a film does at the box office on its opening weekend affects how many more theaters pick up the film, how long the film stays in theaters, and ultimately how it is distributed.

Son of God is due for world-wide release in multiple languages. It is a powerful, beautiful, touching movie! It is an example of best practice with many good elements of excellent movie-making in the following areas: cinematography, acting, sound, music, clarity of dialogue, lighting and more. It is deeply moving, awe-inspiring, and captivating on multiple levels. This movie sets a needed high bar for excellence in filmmaking and conveys the story that all in our world need. The support of this movie demonstrates to Hollywood the national interest in gripping but hopeful Biblical, faith-based, and redemptive movies with high production quality.

Famed TV producer Mark Burnett and actress Roma Downey stunned audiences last year with “The Bible,” a popular History Channel miniseries that brought scenes from the holy text to life. Now, one year after the record-breaking show’s release, the husband-and-wife duo have brought Jesus to the big screen with “Son of God.”

The movie covers Christ’s life “from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection,” according to an official description. While the film is meant to entertain, Downey told TheBlaze she’s also hoping “Son of God” has a monumental spiritual impact, too.

“We hope audiences leave theaters feeling they know Jesus more and also that they are reminded of how deeply he loved us,” she said. “This is a big, epic sweeping film — an exciting movie and sometimes a tense movie with intense drama and real danger.”

Downey said viewers will travel on “an intimate journey with Jesus” as his life — and death — are depicted in detail. From start to finish, Jesus, played by Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado, is shown as caring, prolific and in-tune with the masses and individuals he encountered throughout his ministry.

From his journey with the apostles to the events that led to his crucifixion, the film is character-driven in its quest to bring central portions of the New Testament to life.

“At the end you feel incredibly humbled and loved — reminded that we are all children of God,” Downey promised.

The jump from television to feature film wasn’t entirely unanticipated for Burnett and Downey, who said the two knew that the Jesus footage they filmed during the making of “The Bible” was special. In fact, additional scenes were captured in anticipation of a big screen project.

"We have felt support across all denominations … businesses are buying out whole theaters and donating the seats to churches, encouraging folks to come opening weekend and to bring a friend and to bring the whole family,” she said. “We believe this message of hope and love will touch the lives of millions.”

Downey also shared details about working so closely with her husband — something some couples might find difficult. “It has been a joy working together as husband and wife. Most couples can’t even work on the yard together,” she said. “This journey together has deepened our faith, our friendship and our marriage.” She quipped, “It has been a blessing and — the good news is we are still speaking to each other.”

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