I Can Only Imagine Was A Surprise Hit On Opening Weekend

I Can Only Imagine is a film from Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions. This weekend represented a major surprise for the biopic with a Christian rock song as it’s base. The CinemaScore was an A+, it hit 1,629 screens and earned $17.064 million over the weekend. This was the biggest opening Roadside Attractions has ever experienced. The closest was Forever My Girl with a debut of $4.2 million.

Unless something unexpected occurs I Can Only Imagine should exceed the $148 million made by Manchester By the Sea in 2016 and 2017. The Erwin Brothers directed the film and it stars Trace Adkins, Cloris Leachman and Dennis Quaid. The film follows The Shack’s $16 million by a year. No Christian flick has equaled this total since. This is the second time Lionsgate has scored in faith based drams. For more information please visit https://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2018/03/18/box-office-i-can-only-image-nabs-boffo-17m-debut-love-simon-opens-to-11-5m/#514642ff26fa.

The other big release is Simon from 20th Century Fox. This romantic dramedy was directed by Greg Berlanti. This is the first major film featuring a gay kid. The reviews so far have been excellent. The weekend debut was $11.5 million and the film warms the heart. The film cost $17 million to produce and the projections are in line with Everything, Everything and Paper Towns. The film was not a runaway success but between the national sneak preview and rave reviews the opening was still good. Critics are wondering if a portion of the targeted demographic purchased tickets to different films. The CinemaScore was an A+.

Everything, Everything from Warner Bros and MGM pulled in $35 million last year. Paper Towns pulled in $32 million with an additional $53 million overseas. If I Stay from New Line’s had a debut of $15 million in 2014 and ended at $50 million. The Duff from Lionsgate and CBS Films had a 2015 debut of $34 million and earned $34 million. The media coverage and high marks of the audience may keep I Can Only Imagine in the game.

The other films include a hijacking film called 7 Days in Entebbe. This was a thriller directed by José Padilha starring Daniel Bruhl and Rosamund Pike. During the opening weekend the film earned $1.63 million. This film may not remain in theatres for long so anyone interested should see it quickly.

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