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Christian films are red hot

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

In the first four months of this year,  Christian films already grossed more than $230 million at American box offices.

Sherwood Baptist Church ministers and brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick have made four Christian films in the last decade that helped put faith-based films on Hollywood's radar.

Two of the top films are Christian oriented.   'Heaven is for Real' was the number one new movie last weekend, and number two overall at the box office, earning $36 million in ticket sales.

'God's Not Dead' is going into its sixth weekend on more than 1,200 screens, projecting to pass the $50 million mark.

Kendrick Brothers Productions founder Alex Kendrick said "The audiences are responding and in some cases they are going in droves.  Very encouraging to see the support for these films."

Many credit Alex Kendrick and his brother Stephen, with starting this recent Christian faith film trend, with their hits ‘Facing The Giants,' ‘Fireproof,' and ‘Courageous,' all made with volunteer crews and actors at Sherwood Baptist Church.

Courageous, was shot for $2 million, has earned nearly $70 million at the box office and video sales.

Kendrick said "We're just pleased that it's starting to catch on.  And more and more people are stepping out and raising the quality of these films.  We want to continue doing the same as well."

The brothers will start filming their next film in June in Charlotte, North Carolina.  It doesn't have a title yet, but the theme is prayer.  The Kendricks will use their production to train more Christian filmmakers.

"We're getting film students from Christian colleges all over the Southeast, that we're using as interns.  So we're mixing them in with the professionals we have as a crew."

Alex Kendrick says he and his brother are rooting for these Christian films, saying glorifying the Lord is the important goal, not making millions of dollars.   

Kendrick will be featured in another Christian movie hitting the theaters May 9th, called Mom's Night Out.  It's a comedy, and many of the actors and crew worked on Courageous.

 

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