The sequel to the 2014 hit “God’s Not Dead” performed admirably over the weekend and gave faith-based studio Pure Flix another profitable project.
“God’s Not Dead 2” made $2.95 million on Friday and used that momentum to lead to a solid $8.1 million opening weekend. The film, which stars Melissa Joan Hart and Pat Boone, played in 2,419 theaters. The original movie, which starred Kevin Sorbo on a budget of $2 million, netted $9.2 million its opening weekend and went on to gross more than $60 million domestically.
To give audiences a better idea of how “God’s Not Dead 2” is performing, Forbes magazine looked at the film’s multiplier (weekend gross divided by the Friday box office). It’s 2.74x multiplier “plays like a conventional sequel,” the magazine reported.
“Even a conventional 3x multiplier still gets the film to around $23.5m, which will be just fine for Pure Flix,” Forbes reported.
“God’s Not Dead 2” revolves around the story of a schoolteacher named Grace who is sued after answering a student’s question on a philosophy of non-violence by referencing Jesus.
In addition to Hart and Boone, the movie stars Robin Givens, Ernie Hudson, Jesse Metcalf, David A.R. White and Ray Wise.