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With “Hillsong: Let Hope Rise” opening this week, TheWrap takes a look at 10 of the highest-grossing Christian-based films, adjusted for inflation. “The Nativity Story” (2006) Catherine Hardwicke directed the movie starring Oscar Isaac and Keisha Castle-Hughes. With a budget of $35 million, the film grossed $37.6 million in 2006, which would be $44.8 million today in inflation-adjusted dollars. “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 »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Like a prodigal son, Hollywood is again returning to religion.
Since the 1980s, Hollywood has been criticized (with justification) for depicting any religious believer as mindless, evil or both. Filmmakers this year treat them with respect.
“Silence” and “Hacksaw Ridge” daringly center around devout Christians. Religious beliefs have a positive effect on the lead characters in other 2016 films, including “Fences,” “Hidden Figures,” “Jackie,” “Mr. Church,” even “The Conjuring 2.”
Studios have their own belief system, and it’s based on recent hits. Hollywood loves stories about an individual whose principles are challenged, but usually the protagonist is a superhero, cop or animated creature.
“Silence” depicts the culture clash of Western Christians with Japanese. The long legacy of the “white savior” is turned upside down, and the film raises issues of faith, doubt, personal integrity, and the fine line between belief and stubborn pride. To its credit, “Silence” raises questions that audience members must answer. »
- Tim Gray
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