10 Highest Grossing Christian-Themed Movies, From ‘Passion of the Christ’ to ‘War Room’ (Photos)


With “God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness” opening this week, TheWrap takes a look at 10 of the highest-grossing Christian-based films, adjusted for inflation.

10. “The Shack” (2017)

Starring Octavia Spencer and Graham Greene, the film grossed $57.4 million last year, which would equate to $58.6 million today.

“Son of God” (2014)

The 20th Century Fox film retells the life of Jesus and grossed a domestic total of $59.7 million in 2014, which would be $60.7 million today.

“Miracles From Heaven” (2016)

The Jennifer Garner film made $61.7 million this year on a budget of $13 million, good for eighth all time, adjusted for inflation.

“God’s Not Dead” (2014)

Starring Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper, David A.R. White, and Dean Cain, “God’s Not Dead” opened to $60.8 million in 2014 ($61.8 million adjusted for inflation) on a budget of $2 million. Its box office success warranted a 2016 sequel.

“God’s Not Dead” (2014)

Starring Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper, David A.R. White, and Dean Cain, “God’s Not Dead” opened to $60.8 million in 2014 ($61.8 million adjusted for inflation) on a budget of $2 million. Its box office success warranted a 2016 sequel.

“Exodus: Gods and Kings” (2014)

The film starring Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro and Aaron Paul grossed $65 million domestically, which works out to $66 million two years later.

“War Room” (2015)

The Sony Pictures film raised holy hell at the box office when it opened in August of 2015. It ended up making $67.8 million on a budget of $3 million. Adjusted for inflation, that’s $68.8 million.

“Heaven Is For Real” (2014)

Having grossed $92.9 million (adjusted for inflation), the film starring Greg Kinnear is the fourth highest-grossing Christian film on our list at $944.4 million inflation-adjusted dollars.

“Noah” (2014)

On a budget of $125 million, “Noah,” starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly, made $101.2 million at the domestic box office in 2014. That would tick up to $102.8 million today.

“The Passion of the Christ” (2004)

Directed by Mel Gibson, “Passion” was a major commercial hit despite controversy it raised and mixed reviews it received. The film grossed $370.7 million in 2004, which works out to $472.3 million adjusted for inflation. It was produced for just $30 million.

“Ben-Hur” (1959)

The original “Ben-Hur,” which received 11 Academy Awards, tops the list of highest-grossing Christian movies, having made $74 million back in 1959, equal to $611.9 million in today’s dollars.

Female Directors Scorecard: Sony’s ‘Barbie,’ ‘Charlie’s Angels’ And More


EXCLUSIVE: As the fight for parity and 50/50 representation wages on, Deadline is continuing to take a deep dive into how the major studios are stacking up when it comes to how many female directors are being hired. Sony is in the spotlight this week.
As of right now, the studio’s 2018 film release slate does not include any female directed features. However, the company has so far announced six female-helmed films in the works including one in the can and another that…

Sony’s ‘The Crow’ Reboot Gets 2019 Release Date


Sony will release “The Crow” reboot on Oct. 11, 2019, the studio announced Friday.

Sony announced that they acquired the project in September. It had been in the works at Relativity for almost a decade with various directors and actors attached.

Jack Huston was attached to star in the film but he dropped out due to a scheduling conflict once the start date shifted. Jason Momoa is now expected to star, while Corin Hardy will still direct.

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Like the original, the story follows Eric Draven, a murder victim who returns from the dead, seeking vengeance on those who murdered him and his fiancée — with the help of a mystical bird. However, rather than a recreation of Alex Proyas’ film, “The Crow” reboot is said to be a more faithful adaptation of the comic book source material by James O’Barr.

Samuel Hadida’s Davis Films, Highland Film Group and Electric Shadow previously acquired the rights to finance, produce and distribute the film.

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Kevin Misher will be producing for Misher Films. Edward R. Pressman, who produced the original 1994 film starring Brandon Lee, will produce alongside Hadida, with Highland Film Group and Electric Shadow also producing.

Sony also dated “A Dog’s Way Home” for Jan. 11, 2019 and Catherine Hardwicke’s “Miss Bala” for Jan. 25, 2019.

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17 Highest-Grossing Movies Directed by Women, From ‘Mamma Mia!’ to ‘Wonder Woman’ (Photos)


Take a look at which films directed by women are on this list, unadjusted for inflation.

1. “Frozen” (2013)
Directors: Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck
Domestic gross: $400.7 million

2. “Wonder Woman” (2017)
Director: Patty Jenkins
Domestic gross: $285.3 million

3. “Shrek” (2001)
Directors: Vicky Jenson, Andrew Adamson
Domestic gross: $267.7 million

4. Brave” (2012”)
Directors: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
Domestic gross: $237.3 million

5. “Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” (2009)
Director: Betty Thomas
Domestic gross: $219.6 million

6. “Twilight” (2008)
Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Domestic gross: $192.8 million

7. “Pitch Perfect 2” (2015)
Director: Elizabeth Banks
Domestic gross: $183.8 million

8. “What Women Want” (2000)
Director: Nancy Meyers
Domestic gross: $182.8 million

9. “Fifty Shades of Grey” (2015)
Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson
Domestic gross: $166.1 million

10. “Kung Fu Panda 2” (2011)
Director: Jennifer Yuh Helson
Domestic gross: $165.2 million


11. “The Proposal” (2009)
Director: Anne Fletcher
Domestic gross: $164 million

12. “Shark Tale” (2004)
Directors: Vicky Jenson, Bibo Bergeron, Rob Letterman
Domestic gross: $160.9 million

13. “Dr. Dolittle” (1998)
Director: Betty Thomas
Domestic gross: $144.2 million

14. “Mamma Mia!” (2008)
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Domestic gross: $144.1 million

15. “Deep Impact” (1998)
Director: Mimi Leder
Domestic gross: $140.5 million

16. “Look Who’s Talking” (1989)
Director:  Amy Heckerling
Domestic gross: $140 million

17. “Sleepless in Seattle” (1993)
Director: Nora Ephron
Domestic gross: $126.7 million


Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ava DuVernay, Taika Waititi Heading to 2018 Sundance Film Festival


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ava DuVernay, Issa Rae, Catherine Hardwicke and Taika Waititi are heading to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to discuss their work and the power of media, it was announced Thursday.

DuVernay, Patrick Gaspard, Rae, Megan Smith and Christine Vachon will speak on a panel titled “Power of Story: Culture Shift” to talk about their work as well as the role of creative choices in our ever-shifting culture. The conversation will be led by Washington Post journalist Sarah Ellison on Jan. 19.

Hardwicke, Waititi and Justin Lin will talk about the advantages and challenges of moving from independent filmmaking to big-budget studio films with moderator John Horn on Jan. 26, on a panel titled “Power of Story: Indies Go Hollywood.”

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Other noteworthy conversations at the festival include talks between will.i.am and Kevin Smith; Danny Elfman and Gus Van Sant; Justice Ginsberg and Nina Totenberg; Ira Glass and Miranda July; and Ethan Hawke and Rupert Everett.

Octavia Spencer, Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Darren Aronofsky and Steven Soderbergh will also take part in conversations at the festival.

A Celebration of Music and Film will present an evening with Joan Jett who will take the stage with The Blackhearts on Jan. 20, in celebration of the premiere of the documentary “Bad Reputation.” Other live music at the festival will include performances by Michael Franti, Brett Dennen, Mr. Hudson, Ruelle, Ethan Gruska and Striking Matches.

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The Sundance Film Festival will take place from Jan. 18-28 in Park City, Utah.

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Universal Cable Productions Expands Genre TV Slate With ‘The Raven Cycle,’ ‘Sand’ & More


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In addition to the four titles, UCP also said its already-in-development series Welcome to Hitchcock — contemporary retellings of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic tales — will be penned by Beauty and the Beast scribe Evan Spiliotopoulos.
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