Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Friday Box Office Shows Christian Moviegoers Still Believe as Faith Based Weeper Starring KJ Apa as Country Singer Jeremy Camp Is Number 1


Do you still believe in movies? Well, Lionsgate’s Christian movie, “I Still Believe” will make $12 million this weekend after a $4 million Friday. Corona virus is not keeping away the faithful, who obviously think prayer and Purell work magic.

“I Still Believe” is the story of Christian country singer Jeremy Camp and his first wife, who died from ovarian cancer 4 1/2 months after they were married. It’s like “Love Story” with lots of praying. Three handkerchiefs needed.

KJ Apa, who plays Archie on the teen fave “Riverdale” TV show, stars as Camp. That’s Archie as in Archie and Jughead, for all of us over 20.

But the rest of the Friday box office isn’t so much fun. “The Hunt,” postponed but finally unleashed, will be lucky to hunt up $6 million for the weekend.

Sony Pictures’ “Bloodshot” is looking at less than $12 million.

Pixar’s “Onward” continues downward, also scrounging up around $10 million.

The worst story is Ben Affleck in “The Way Back,” which can’t find its way back to success. Affleck’s basketball saga made just $750K on Friday night and will finish the weekend with just $13 million. Whoops for the hoops.

And this low box office will seem like a high next weekend when there are no new movies and fewer people in theaters. Yikes.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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