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“Miracles from Heaven,” a film based on the true story of a young girl’s miraculous recovery from an incurable disease, hit theaters on Wednesday March 16th. The denominational film opened for $ 1.9 million, a respectable figure in the competitive genre.

“Miracles from Heaven” tells the story of 10-year-old Anna Beam who suffers from pseudo-obstruction motility disorder, a chronic condition that makes her unable to eat without a feeding tube. However, Anna’s life changes completely when she climbs a tree and falls 30 feet. After regaining consciousness, Anna recounts a visit to paradise. Inexplicably to the doctors, Anna’s chronic symptoms disappeared.

From Brent Lang’s article on variety ““Miracles from Heaven” and the Changing Face of Religious FilmsHollywood’s fixation on religious films shows no sign of abating.

Right in this Easter season, “Miracles from Heaven” competes for attention against “Risen”, “The Young Messiah” and “God’s Not Dead 2.”

Leading actress Jennifer Garner stars as Anna’s mother, which may be why audiences are flocking to “Miracles” above other Christian films. Garner even appeared with Pastor TD Jakes to his church to explain the personal impact of the film and his decision to return to his childhood faith.

“I will say that being in this community, and although I always went to church in West Virginia, when I got back to Los Angeles, I was telling my kids about the movie and they said, ‘Mum, you don’t “Don’t take us to church,” and we went that Sunday, and they went today without me. This decision was a direct giveaway of this movie and I’m very grateful for it, ”Garner said.

ComScore Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian said: “Those with the power to star seem to do better. Having high profile actors who are known to be in secular films tends to give them a boost. “

Gone are the days when faith-based films were a low budget business with unknown actors. Lang reports that the upcoming remake of “Ben Hur” in particular spared no expense in the process of making the film. Morgan Freeman stars alongside Jack Huston, and the Imperial Roman Era should be brilliantly picked up in the film.

No religious film has yet reached the level of success of “Passion of the Christ” in 2004, but the studios continue to strive to exceed its $ 370.8 million in domestic revenue.

“Miracles” director Patricia Riggen said she hoped her retelling of the story would attract others to the film, in addition to the predictable Christian audience.

“My hope is that people come in, cry well and leave with a renewed sense of life and zest for life,” said Riggen. “I didn’t try to make it a religious agenda. I wanted it to include all faiths and also speak to non-believers. “

The studios are also working to promote their films to mega-churches, including Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church, Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church, and Atlanta’s Sherwood Baptist. They painstakingly showcase ways to incorporate movie themes into church sermons and show still images of the movies wherever they can.

“Miracles” has a lot of competition for moviegoers because of its timing in the market. Chris Stone, Founder of Faith Driven Consumer, said, “There’s a lot to see and it’s going to dilute the market. Like everyone else, I have time constraints. None of us can go to the movies but so many times in a specific window.

If you want to know more about “Miracles From Heaven” read our written review and watch our video review.

Are you going to see “Miracles From Heaven” at the movies? Did another confessional film attract you? Let us know in the comments!

Related video:

Miracles from Heaven Authentic and inspiring

This deeply moving tale of medical woes and subsequent miracles of a true Texan family sits above most Christian films. Learn more in this week’s two-minute review.

posted by Christian film reviews Thursday, March 17, 2016

Carrie Dedrick is the family writer for Crosswalk.com.

Publication date: March 18, 2016

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