Based on Lee Strobel's award-winning bestselling book and starring Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway, and Robert Forster, THE CASE FOR CHRIST opens last week in the theaters. The movie attracted enough viewers that it opened in the top 10 listing at the weekend's box office.
Box Office Mojo said that the film, produced by Pure Flix, scored a "satisfactory opening," with its ticket sales receiving a bump as a result of Palm Sunday. The movie has pulled in close to $4 million from its first weekend, based on ticket sales from 1,174 theaters, coming in at 10th place.
THE CASE FOR CHRIST revolves around the story of Lee Strobel. A hard-driving journalist, Lee Strobel was exactly where he expected to be at work: on top. His award-winning investigative reporting recently earned him a promotion to legal editor at the Chicago Tribune. But things weren't going nearly as well at home where his wife Leslie's newfound faith in Christ went against everything Lee believed-or didn't believe-as an avowed atheist.
Utilizing his journalistic and legal training, Lee begins a quest to debunk the claims of Christianity in order to save his crumbling marriage. Chasing down the biggest story of his career, Lee comes face-to-face with unexpected results that could change everything he knows to be true.
"Some of the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus helped convince me, as an atheist journalist, that there is really truth behind the Christian claims," Lee Strobel told The Christian Post last week.
"We are living in a post truth era, where people are searching for solid ground, they're looking for something to say this is true, I can rely on this. Christianity claims to be true. It says it's not wishful thinking or make-believe or legends or mythology, but it's based on actual historical evidence. And I think these days young people especially are looking for something solid like that to put their trust in," he added.
Strobel suggested that both believers and nonbelievers alike will find the proof that the Gospel message is true, and said the movie can also touch couples who are of different religions, or struggling with faith.
The Christian author has been sharing his gratitude at the positive reaction the film has been receiving, writing on Twitter on Saturday: "Can't thank everyone enough for all the great feedback on the film! My inbox overflows. Seriously - thank you!"
He later added: "So thankful for those who sent such encouraging tweets about Case for Christ movie! The film is clearly touching lives! I appreciate you!"