After 19 days in theaters, “Jesus Revolution” has surpassed the $40 million mark, bringing its domestic box office total to $40,862,465 on Tuesday (March 14).
“You all made this possible. Thank you for supporting JESUS REVOLUTION,” the filmmakers tweeted Wednesday.
The film focuses on the story of how Harvest Christian Fellowship senior pastor Greg Laurie came to salvation and was called into full-time pastoral ministry at the age of 19, while also touching on the key stories surrounding the lives of Chuck Smith and Lonnie Frisbee.
The movie received an A+ CinemaScore and grossed over $15 million during its opening weekend. Just this past weekend, “Jesus Revolution” was viewed in 2,519 theaters—more than the any weekend since its release—and brought in over $5 million (Friday-Sunday).
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Early projections for the film, which stars Kelsey Grammer (Chuck Smith), Jonathan Roumie (Lonnie Frisbee), and Joel Courtney (Greg Laurie), only predicted $7 million in box office sales for its opening weekend.
“Jesus Revolution” has become the 79th highest grossing domestic film for distributor Lionsgate, placing it in front of “The Expendables 3” ($39,322,544 domestic box office gross). That franchise stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Wesley Snipes, Jet Li, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, and “Jesus Revolution”‘s Kelsey Grammer.
“Jesus Revolution” is also the highest-grossing domestic film for Lionsgate since the start of the pandemic.
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“Jesus Revolution” is co-director Jon Erwin’s second highest grossing film, behind “I Can Only Imagine,” which brought in $86,086,881 worldwide ($83,482,352 domestic).
Erwin told Laurie that the movie is his “favorite film to watch with an audience—it’s a wonderful film to watch together.”
“There is a movement going on in America right now,” Erwin stated. “The whole heartbeat of this film is that there can be another Jesus revolution today.”
Laurie’s Twitter feed is filled with testimonies from people who have seen the film.
One person wrote, “Saw @JesusRevMovie today. Wow! I was moved to tears throughout. So moving, highly highly recommend @KelseyGrammer was fantastic as was @JonathanRoumie. Looking for hope, light and goodness, you want to see this! @greglaurie story just beautiful. Thanking God! 🙏🌻”
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Others have reported that seats have been filled in theaters throughout the nation.
“Tonight was a date night to see @JesusRevMovie 🍿🎥🎬 Every seat was taken in the theatre. What an extraordinary film with a great message. Thank you @greglaurie for sharing your story,” one person wrote.
The film will expand beyond the confines of North American theaters over the next month with plans to release it in Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand. An estimated 33% of Singapore’s population identifies as Buddhist, while over 86% of Indonesians identify as Muslim.