'Risen' takes its place among top-performing Christian movies of all-time
The new movie "Risen," starring Joseph Fiennes as a Roman official trying to find the body of the crucified Jesus, opened on Friday and has quickly taken its place in the top 20 best box-office performances of all-time among Christian movies.
During the weekend of Feb. 19-21, "Risen" took in $11.8 million at the box office and scored a solid "A-" CinemaScore, according to the web site Boxofficemojo.com .
That was one of the best opening weekends ever for a Christian film.
"The film should play well through March and into early April as it scored one of the biggest faith-based openings of all-time, placing seventh behind the likes of 'The Passion of the Christ,' 'Son of God' and 'Heaven is for Real,' as well as the three films in the Narnia trilogy," Boxofficemojo reported. The Narnia movies were based on the novels of Christian writer C.S. Lewis.
The movie ranked third at the box office on its opening weekend, behind "Deadpool" at $56.4 million and "Kung Fu Panda 3" at $12.5 million. On Monday, it ranked second behind "Deadpool.