'Son of God' Movie: Strong Opening Weekend at Box Office

Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 04:00 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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“Son of God” had a strong opening weekend at the box office, but even more importantly, the movie has had a lasting spiritual impact on viewers, Director Roma Downey said.

“Entire families are attending 'Son of God' together and sharing it with their own kids. Parents are using the film as a conversation starter to help bring the story of Jesus to life for their children," Downey told The Blaze. "We are hearing stories that are incredibly touching and healing."

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The actress co-produced “Son of God” with her husband Mark Burnett, who produced "The Bible" miniseries and “Survivor." “The Bible” had unprecedented ratings on The History Channel.

Burnett predicted that a billion people will see "Son of God" over the next decade, according to The Wrap.

The film brought in $26.5 million last weekend, a strong showing.

“After all the hard work over many years it is gratifying to know that millions showed up this weekend to experience ‘Son of God,’ to be moved by the story of Jesus on the big screen and to be inspired by it,” Downey told Blaze.

For Downey, the movie's message is more important than its profits.

Actor Diogo Morgado, who plays Jesus, said he feels the same way. He told "Good Morning America" that children will be affected by the movie. He talked about visiting Jerusalem to prepare for the role and how he saw a father and son praying at the Wailing Wall for two hours.

“I realized that whatever I was about to do would be connecting forever with that kid, more than this father,” Morgado said. “We’re living in a visual world now and kids learn a lot by seeingthings, rather than reading it. I understood the responsibility.”

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