“The Chosen”, which calls itself “the first-ever multi-season series about the life of Christ,” performed amazingly at the box office with its season 3 debut being shown in theaters.
The show grossed $8,687,682 on its opening weekend, and only lost out to “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and “The Menu,” according to Deadline.
Episodes 1 and 2 aired in theaters, alongside streaming on the Angel Studios app, which found a massive audience in the 2012 theaters that the series was shown in this weekend.
Angel Studios CEO Neal Harmon had this to say about the show’s commercial success.
For the second year in a row, The Chosen is capturing the imagination of moviegoers around the country. After the overwhelming response of Chosen fans- and now Wingfeather saga fans at a packed theatrical event in Nashville last week- we’re seeing that the same audiences who have helped us break streaming records can have a similar impact at the box office. And, in addition to the estimated $3.7 million Friday, based on last year’s Chosen special, we expect The Chosen Season 3 Sunday sales to exceed Saturday’s, partially driven by a strong showing anticipated on Sunday night.
This is undoubtedly a massive blow to Hollywood execs who have begun to shy away from faith-based films and shows, as we are now seeing that audiences crave good theological dramas.
“The Chosen” is also crushing the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes where its first season received a 100% from critics to go along with an amazing 99% from the 4896 audience members who graded the show.
The show’s Creator and Producer Dallas Jenkins went on Newsmax’s show America Right Now to explain why “The Chosen” has become such a fan-favorite.
"We don't just show Jesus comes and makes everything ok…in fact for some of them their lives are more challenging."
— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) November 19, 2022
The audience that we were watching with, I’ve never heard sniffles and seen tear-stained faces like I have. But, at the same time, there’s moments of humor, even in that scene.
That is what “The Chosen is really about. We bring your emotions to the surface, both joy and sadness. But also at the end of the day it’s also moving and, I think, provides hope.
Deseret News has now reported that Angel Studios has struck a deal with Netflix to have “The Chosen” appear on the world’s biggest movie streaming platform.
The show executive producer Derral Eves says that this Netflix deal will allow the show to reach a massive audience in the future, as reported by Deseret News.
We want the world to see The Chosen and working with partners like Netflix is going to get us out to a lot more people. I would love a billion people to see the show and have it impact people in and around the world.
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