'Son of God': Follow-Up of 'The Bible' Rakes In $26M Opening Weekend

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Monday, 03 Mar 2014 11:36 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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"Son of God," the new biblical drama from producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, smashed box office expectations over the weekend and sparked a firestorm of positive reactions from Twitter users.

The follow-up film to last year's wildly successful History Channel miniseries "The Bible" raked in $9.4 million on its opening night Friday and a total of $26 million its opening weekend, The Los Angeles Times reported.

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"Christian movies are strong," Ted Baehr, a film critic and publisher of Movieguide, told Newsmax. "Hollywood, for many years now, has been shown that movies with Christian faith and values do better at the box office."

"The Bible" miniseries enjoyed epic ratings last year, averaging an estimated 11.4 million viewers during its five-week run. The new movie version features both new and used footage, but focuses mainly on the life of Jesus Christ, played by Diogo Morgado.

Twitter users gave "Son of God" two thumbs up.

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