‘Billy: The Early Years’ Fails to Meet Expectations at the Box Office

October 18, 2008 at 12:57 am Leave a comment

billy-the-movie-armie-hammer.jpgA biopic about evangelist Billy Graham hit theaters with a thud its
opening weekend Oct. 10-12, earning far less than other religion-themed
movies like Fireproof and Bill Maher’s agnostic comedy documentary Religulous.


Billy: The Early Years, directed by former teen-heartthrob
actor Robby Benson, grossed an estimated $199,938 from 282 locations,
an average of $709 per screen, according to Variety.

Another specialty film geared toward Christian audiences, meanwhile, enjoyed a third successful weekend at the box office. Fireproof,
produced by a movie-making ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in
Albany, Ga., grossed an estimated $3.2 million, bringing its total
earnings to about $17 million. That’s double the earnings of the last
movie by Sherwood Pictures, Facing the Giants, in 2006.

Maher’s Religulous, which takes a skeptical look at
religion in general but is particularly hard on Christianity, fell 35
percent in its second weekend, but still managed to gross an estimated
$2.2 million from 568 theaters. That brought the cumulative box office
gross to $6.7 million.

Released by the Christian distributor Rocky Mountain Pictures, Billy: The Early Years
focuses on Billy Graham’s life as a teenager growing up on a farm in
North Carolina. It continues through his young adulthood, when he burst
onto the national scene as an evangelist who could draw thousands of
people to his meetings, called “crusades.”

It stars Armie Hammer, the 22-year-old great-grandson of industrialist
and philanthropist Armand Hammer, in his first major acting role.

Source: Associated Baptist Press

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