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Box Office Study Shows Movies with Christian, Redemptive Worldviews and Values earn the Most

By Dan Wooding, ASSIST Ministries

HOLLYWOOD, CA (ANS) – Moviegoers prefer movies with Christian, redemptive values, reveals an annual study of box office figures among the major movies produced by Hollywood.

Dr. Ted Baehr making his presentation

According to the 2013 Annual Report to the Entertainment Industry by the Christian Film & Television Commission®, an advocacy group in Hollywood, movies with very strong Christian, redemptive worldviews reflecting traditional moral values earned four times as much money on average as movies with very strong Non-Christian, Anti-Christian, or mixed worldviews, $90.78 million versus $20.22 million.

Movies with very strong humanist or atheist worldviews fared even worse, making only $2.43 million per movie.

Also, the stronger the Christian/Redemptive worldview, the more money the movie made.

The movies with very strong Christian, redemptive worldviews includes such movies as “Les Misérables,” “Snow White and the Huntsman,” “Here Comes the Boom,” “Red Tails,” “Marvel’s The Avengers,” and “For Greater Glory”.

Movies with very strong Non-Christian, Anti-Christian, mixed, or humanist worldviews included “21 Jump Street,” “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2,” “Amour,” “A Royal Affair,” “Killer Joe,” “Magic Mike,” “Dredd,” “Cosmopolis,” “Cloud Atlas,” “God Bless America,” “Paranormal Activity 4,” “The Apparition,” “The Campaign,” “Rock of Ages,” “The Dictator,” “That’s My Boy,” “The Cabin in the Woods,” “American Reunion,” and “Promised Land.”

The same thing was true at the international box office in 2012, and on home video, announced Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission®.

For example, of the Top 10 Movies Overseas in 2012, 90% had a strong or very strong Christian, redemptive, moral worldview with biblical content or values, earning $5.281 billion out of $5.795 billion, or 91% of the total overseas amount for the Top 10!

Also, 72% of the Top 10 Home Video Sales in 2012 had either strong or very strong Christian, redemptive, moral content with biblical faith and values.

2012 wasn’t the only year that movies with very strong Christian, redemptive worldviews made the most money. A 10-year study shows that they averaged $73.27 million per movie from 2003-2012 versus only $21.01 million for movies with very strong Non-Christian, Anti-Christian, or mixed worldviews.

“Filmmakers need to make movies that overtly reflect the faith and values of Christians,” Dr. Baehr said. “Hollywood and the mass media cannot afford to ignore Christianity or the Word of God, the Bible.”

He pointed out that more than three quarters of Americans (about 237 million people), and 2.3 billion people around the world, belong to the Christian faith.

Dr. Baehr presented highlights of the 2013 Report at the 21st Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala Feb. 15, 2013 at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Hollywood (www.movieguideawards.com).

MOVIEGUIDE® (www.movieguide.org) is a publication of Good News Communications, Inc. and the Christian Film & Television Commission® ministry. It is an international non-profit organization dedicated to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media.”

Dan Wooding interviews Leave It to Beaver star, Jerry Mathers, as his wife, Teresa, looks on

Among the stars I was able to interview on the Red Carpet before the Gala began was Jerry Mathers, best known for his role in the television sitcom series Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963), in which he played Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver, the younger son of archetypal suburban couple June and Ward Cleaver (played by Barbara Billingsley and Hugh Beaumont), and the brother of Wally Cleaver (played by Tony Dow). To read the story, please go to:http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2013/s13020112.htm

Note: For more information, or to arrange an interview with Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of CFTVC and author of THE CULTURE-WISE FAMILY, SO YOU WANT TO BE IN PICTURES, and many other books, please call 1-888-248-6689.


Dan Wooding, 72, who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, is an award winning British journalist now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 49 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS) and he hosts the weekly “Front Page Radio” show on the KWVE Radio Network in Southern California and which is also carried throughout the United States and around the world. Besides this, Wooding is a host for His Channel Live, which is carried via the Internet to some 192 countries. Dan recently received two top media awards — the “Passion for the Persecuted” award from Open Doors US, and as one of the top “Newsmakers of 2011” from Plain Truth magazine. He is the author of some 45 books, the latest of which is “Caped Crusader: Rick Wakeman in the 1970s.” To order a copy, go to: Caped Crusader – Amazon

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