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‘Courageous’ No. 1 in movie ticket sales
Baptist Press
September 30, 2011

‘Courageous’ No. 1 in movie ticket sales

‘Courageous’ No. 1 in movie ticket sales
Baptist Press
September 30, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The church-made film “Courageous” is No.

1 in ticket sales among all movies according to a leading ticketing website – a

significant feat considering it is an independent movie that will open in far

fewer theaters than most big-time movies.

It opens today.

The ticketing website, Fandango.com, puts Courageous No. 1 in its “Fandango 5”

list of the week’s hottest tickets, besting No. 2 “The Lion King 3D,”

third-place “Moneyball,” fourth-place “Dolphin Tale 3D” and fifth-place “Drive.”

Made by the same church that filmed the 2008 hit “Fireproof” – the top

independent film that year – Courageous will open in 1,126 theaters in the

United States. By comparison, The Lion King 3D opened in 2,300 theaters and

Dolphin Tale 3D opened in 3,500.

As of Thursday, Courageous had reached $2 million in pre-sales, officials close

to the film said. Also, Kerusso, which makes Christian apparel, reports it has

sold five times more Courageous T-shirts than it sold Fireproof T-shirts.

Courageous tells the story of five men – four of them police officers –

striving to become better fathers. Its production budget of $1 million was

twice that of Fireproof’s $500,000.

Despite the data, Courageous almost certainly won’t finish No. 1 at the box

office over the weekend. For starters, it is not opening in enough theaters.

Its pre-release sales have been boosted by churches across the country buying

out entire showings for the film and using it as a ministry tool, particularly

to men. They then resell the tickets to members. One church, Long Hollow

Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn., said Wednesday it had sold out of

tickets for all four showtimes it had purchased.

Most reviewers who have seen Courageous are calling it the best film yet from

Sherwood Baptist Church, which made “Fireproof” and “Facing the Giants”. The church

is located in Albany, Ga.

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