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“I Can Only Imagine,” a faith-based film
that told the true story behind the popular Christian song, had a blockbuster opening
weekend at the box office, beating out Oprah Winfrey’s new anti-Christian film and a
critically-acclaimed movie about a gay teenager coming out.
“Black Panther” ruled the box office for the fifth straight week, and coming in second
was the new “Tomb Raider” movie. However, despite the hype, “Tomb Raider” was a
flop with audiences, earning a paltry $23.5 million. It nearly finished behind the Christian
film “I Can Only Imagine,” which finished a close third with over $17 million in ticket
sales. Even more impressive is that “I Can Only
Imagine” did well in ticket sales despite only playing on 1,628 movie screens, less
than half of the number of screens “Tomb Raider” played on, 3,854. That gave “I
Can Only Imagine” an average return of over $10,000 in ticket sales per screen, better
than any other movie in the top ten, including “Black Panther.” Oprah’s film “A Wrinkle in Time” is
based on a popular kid’s book, but has been criticized for omitting the book’s references
to Jesus and Christianity, opting for a New Age theme instead. The Hollywood Reporter provides the details.
In a surprise upset, the faith-based ‘I Can Only Imagine’ — about the best-selling
Christian song of all time — beats ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ and ‘Love, Simon.’ Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther continued to
make history in its fifth weekend at the domestic box office with a haul of $27 million, burying
Tomb Raider and becoming only the seventh film ever to cross the $600 million mark in
North America. The other big headline of the weekend was
Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate’s faith-based film I Can Only Imagine, which vastly overperformed.
The movie debuted to $17.1 million from 1,628 cinemas to defeat A Wrinkle of Time and Love,
Simon — the first film from a major Hollywood studio featuring a gay teen protagonist — in
a surprise upset. Tomb Raider’s muted domestic bow of $23.5
million from 3,854 theaters is a disappointment for Warner Bros. and MGM, which partnered
in rebooting the female-led franchise that is based on the videogame. In the early 2000s,
the Tomb Raider film series — starring Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft — beat the curse that
continues to haunt videogame adaptations. “I really hoped we would do more than $25
million domestically, but the fact that we were No. 1 globally is terrific news,” says
Warners domestic distribution chief Jeff Goldstein. “We always viewed this as an international
play.” Tomb Raider placed No. 2 in North America,
followed by I Can Only Imagine, which marks the biggest opening in Roadside’s history. “I Can Only Imagine” was only expected
to do modestly at the box office. Produced on a shoestring budget of only $7 million, The drama stars J. Michael Finley as Bart
Millard, the lead singer of the Christian band MercyMe, who wrote “I Can Only Imagine,”
the best-selling Christian single of all time. Dennis Quaid and Cloris Leachman also star
in the film, which cost a modest $7 million to make. The movie skewed heavily female (67
percent) and older, with 80 percent of the audience over the age of 35. “It definitely shows that if you build a
good movie, this audience will come out,” says Roadside co-president Howard Cohen. “This
is a branded property, and Dennis Quaid did a ton of publicity.” Coming in at No. 4, Ava DuVernay’s Wrinkle
in Time grossed $16.6 million in its second weekend domestically, falling 50 percent,
despite being a family film. The fantasy-adventure, from Disney, has earned $61.1 million in North
America and $71.7 million globally. Like Tomb Raider, Fox’s YA adaptation Love,
Simon disappointed in its opening. The film took fifth place with $11.5 million from 2,402
theaters. Greg Berlanti directed the Fox 2000 dramedy, which stars Nick Robinson as Simon
Spier, a closeted high schooler who tries to find out the identity of an anonymous classmate
he’s fallen in love with online. Both Love, Simon and I Can Only Imagine nabbed
coveted A+ CinemaScores. Here are the top ten films for the weekend,
with their grosses. 1. Black Panther $27M
2. Tomb Raider $23.5M 3. I Can Only Imagine $17.1M
4. A Wrinkle in Time $16.6M 5. Love, Simon $11.5M
6. Game Night $5.6M 7. Peter Rabbit $5.2M
8. Strangers: Prey at Night $4.8M 9. Red Sparrow $4.5M
10. Death Wish $3.7M


  1. My husband and I went to see it Wednesday night, and it was ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!!!!! Cloris Leachman and Dennis Quaid were TERRIFIC!!!! If you haven't yet, go see it! You won't regret it!!! 🙂

  2. Who is Oprah Winfrey? Is she an important person? How important is she? Why is she important? Because she is a woman? That makes no sense!

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