Over this Labor Day weekend, there are a number of surprises at the box office. Faith-based movie Overcomer defies expectation as it still reigns relatively strong in its second week of showing. Dropping from the #3 most watched movie across the nation to #5, the movie still earns a whooping $1.45 million domestically in its second Friday at the box office.
Last week, "Overcomer" grossed $8.14 million, landing it in third place behind "Angel Has Fallen" ($21.3 million) and "Good Boys" ($11.6 million) but ahead of "Hobbs and Shaw" ($8.068 million) and "The Lion King" ($8.065 million).
The popular film website BoxOfficeMojo.com said "Overcomer" had "outperformed all expectations." The site had predicted "Overcomer" would gross $5 million.
Filmmaker Alex Kendrick became only the second director to earn an A+ CinemaScore rating for three movies. His two previous films, "War Room" (2015) and "Courageous" (2011), also were rated A+. CinemaScore is an exit polling service that asks moviegoers, on opening night, to grade a film. Kendrick joins Rob Reiner, whose movies "The Princess Bride" (1987), "When Harry Met Sally" (1989) and "A Few Good Men" (1992) also were rated A+. (The list doesn't include co-directors.) Kendrick, though, is the only director with three consecutive A+ ratings. (Reiner's film "Misery," which came out in 1990, got an A- rating.)
"Overcomer" tells the story of a high school basketball coach who grows discouraged when the town's largest employer closes, forcing hundreds of families -- and his best players -- to move elsewhere. The principal then asks him to coach cross country, a sport he hates.
The film borrows themes from Ephesians 1-2 and spotlights the believer's identity in Christ. The movie's poster asks: "What do you allow to define you?" Producer Stephen Kendrick called it a "matter of the heart."
"Down deep in your heart, what do you believe to be true about who you are? And that actually is connected to what you believe to be true about who God is," Stephen Kendrick told Baptist Press. "... And when you disconnect God from your worldview, it's like turning off all the headlights and driving in the dark."
Stephen Kendrick said he is "praying" and "hoping" that Christians will "go on a journey studying and discovering who they are in Christ and what that means."