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  • Tom O’Neil
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    Pls help me with a segment I’m doing on CNN tomorrow (Sunday) at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. It’s about all of these religious films we have coming out this year — “Noah,” “Exodus,” “Heaven Is for Real,” “Mary, Mother of Christ.”

    Yes, Passion of the Christ was a huge success, but wasn’t there a movie about the Virgin Mary or Mary Magdelene that bombed? What else? I want to create some context for the big year head for religious pix. Would luv your help! TX

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    The Prince of Egypt by DreamWorks was a big success. 

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    campy
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    The Nativity Story with Keisha Castle-Hughes. Don’t know if it flopped though.

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    KT
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    If they ask you the tradition of Biblical movies in cinema, you should mention Pasolini’s The Gospel According to Matthew.  Unlike the Hollywood sword and sandals epics everyone knows (Ben Hur, Ten Commandments, etc.), this film is usually rated by directors and critics to be the greatest Biblical movie ever made.  There are some truly striking scenes, executed by Pasolini in the neorealist style, which capture the supernatural of Jesus’ life and are astonishing.

    Nominated for three Oscars in 1964.  Also controversial for its strange undertones about Christ and his life.  But it was this angle, that of a great filmmaker making the story his own, which makes this an extraordinary film.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gospel_According_to_St._Matthew_(film) 

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    Renaton
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    The Nativity Story did bomb, actually.

    Pasolini’s film is a masterpiece, but I don’t know if it was actually a “success” in the traditional sense. It is probably the best biblical film ever though.

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    Scottferguson
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    The Passion of the Christ, maybe the most anti-Christian film ever made, which then became the source of some religious Americans becoming torture junkies (with political consequences) is by far the biggest religious themed film, at least without adjusting for inflation.

    Cecil B. DeMille’s silent “The King of Kings” was a massive hit. His 1956 “10 Commandments” adjusted for inflation is #6 for all time (over $1 billion domestic) and “Ben Hur” #13, both much bigger successes. 

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    nkb325
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    One night with the King was about the story of Esther and it flopped at the box office and critically

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    BrokenFan
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    lol ‘Doubt’ is considered a religious themed film, but I have such doubt wheather or not it was a success. I mean it got 5 nomination, in which 4 for all of its actors and a screenplay nod, and I’m sure in an expanded field, it would have showed up in BP. 

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    campy
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    Agnes of God and Joan of Arc with Milla Jovovich

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    BamaEd
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    A couple of smaller/independent Christian movies in the past few years have done well when compared to their budget.

    2006 – Facing the Giants. Budget – $100,000 (est.) Gross – $10million

    2008 – Fireproof. Budget – $500,000 (est.), Gross – $33million (one of the top independent movies of that year)

    2011 – Courageous. Budget – $2m, Gross – $34million

    These were produced for and marketed to conservative/evangelical Christian audiences. If the content warrants it, the producers should market to that audience. They will support “family” and “Christian” entertainment.

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    Beau S.
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    Some could argue The Shawshank Redemption has religious elements to it, and it didn’t do too well at the box office initially.

    Philomena has some not-so-hidden religious subtexts in it, and it’s doing rather well.

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    Leo Grant Logan
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    I can name two horror films from 1999 that involve religion, and both star Gabriel Byrne: Stigmata and End of Days, both of which were successful (the latter more so worldwide).

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    Titanium
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    It depends on what you mean by succeeded and bombed. Because the Catholic Church praised the horror film “The Rite” and said it was a success, whilst the film itself was loathed by critics and hated by the majority of the non-militantly religious who watched it!

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    Not a Fraud
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    John Huston directed  “The Bible: In The Beginning…”  (1966)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060164/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_66
     

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    rodman
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    Soul Surfer-Budget:
    $18,000,000 (estimated)
     
    Gross:
    $43,853,424 (USA) (15 July 2011)
    Other top money makers:

    The Passion of the Christ


    Chronicles of Naria: 
    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe


    The Chronicles of Naria: 
    Prince Caspian


    The Chronicles of Nania: 
    The voyage of the Dawn Treader


    Courageous


    Fireproof


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