‘Jesus Revolution’ Domestic Box Office Opens With $15.5 Million

COLLIDER, Story by Rahul Malhotra • Yesterday 4:00 PM

The recent success of A Man Called Otto and 80 for Brady — both of which were aimed at older crowds — has proven that targeting underserved audiences is a lucrative strategy at the box office. Lionsgate made the most of a clear theatrical window this week, when it debuted Jesus Revolution in over 2,400 theaters, directly targeting the faith-based demographic while general audiences were busy enjoying the antics of a bear on drugs.

‘Jesus Revolution’ Domestic Box Office Opens With $15.5 Million© Provided by Collider

The film is estimated to have made $15.5 million in its three-day domestic debut, including figures from pre-release screenings, finishing third behind Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and Cocaine Bear. This is a tremendous result, considering that Jesus Revolution was projected to make only around $7 million heading into its debut weekend. To build buzz, Lionsgate organized church screenings, university screenings, and other initiatives that attracted tens of thousands across the country prior to the film’s nationwide release.

Directed by Jon Erwin and Brent McCorkleJesus Revolution follows a disillusioned young man (Joel Courtney) who meets a street-preacher (Jonathan Roumie) in 1970s California. The two join a pastor (Kelsey Grammer) and help him reopen his languishing church. Erwin is one half of the Erwin Brothers director duo, who are best known for Christian films such as I Can Only Imagine ($86 million worldwide) and more recently, American Underdog ($26 million worldwide).

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‘Jesus Revolution’ Is a Hit With the Audience

Despite mixed critical reviews, Jesus Revolution has proven to be rather popular with its target demographic. The film has a remarkable 99% audience rating on the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes (as compared to the 53% critics’ score). Additionally, Jesus Revolution has earned a rare A+ CinemaScore from opening day audiences. Erwin is now the only filmmaker to have received four A+ grades since CinemaScore began publicly releasing results in 1986. Jesus Revolution joins I Can Only ImagineAmerican Underdog and Woodlawn to have earned the rare distinction. Harold Mintz, President of CinemaScore, hailed the achievement as “unprecedented.” In his own words:

“Jon Erwin has now achieved four A+ CinemaScores, more than any other filmmaker since we have been compiling data. For a director to achieve that accomplishment once is a rarity. But to hit that mark four times is not only an incredible distinction — it’s unprecedented. Congratulations to Jon and Brent McCorkle and the entire team at Kingdom Story Company.”

Jesus Revolution also stars Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Anna Grace Barlow, among others. You can watch the film’s trailer here, and read the official synopsis down below.


In the 1970s, young Greg Laurie (Joel Courtney) is searching for all the right things in all the wrong places: until he meets Lonnie Frisbee (Jonathan Roumie), a charismatic hippie-street-preacher. Together with Pastor Chuck Smith (Kelsey Grammer), they open the doors of Smith’s languishing church to an unexpected revival of radical and newfound love, leading to what TIME Magazine dubbed a JESUS REVOLUTION.

Steve Martin

STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS My good wife Laurie and I (married 45 years), founded Love For His People Ministry in 2010. This work gives love and support to our friends in Israel and other nations with friendship and humanitarian aid. Through social media, Steve's messages, and our Ahava Adventures trips to Israel, the ministry is a growing, effective outreach. Steve has also authored and published 36 books. We live in the Charlotte, NC area and have four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids. Ahava and shalom with blessings on ye head!

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