Worldviews in Conflict: Study Shows Moviegoers Prefer Movies with Christian, Biblical Worldviews Much More Than Movies Mocking God, Jesus Christ or the Bible


Los Angeles, Calif. – The Annual Movieguide® study of what movies do best at the box office shows that moviegoers prefer movies with Christian, Biblical worldviews much more than movies mocking God, Jesus Christ or the Bible.

According to the non-profit family guide to movies and entertainment’s 2009 Annual Report to the Entertainment Industry of 2008 movies, movies with very strong Christian, biblical and/or moral worldviews did five to 33 times better at the theatrical box office in America and Canada in 2008 than movies with very strong secular humanist, nihilistic, anti-Christian, and/or anti-biblical worldviews.

The movies with very strong Christian, biblical and/or moral worldviews included such movies as PRINCE CASPIAN, FIREPROOF, BOLT, INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3, BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA, HOUSE, TYLER PERRY’S THE FAMILY THAT PREYS, EXPELLED, DEFIANCE, THE TALE OF DESPERAUX, THE LONGSHOTS, RAMBO, VALKYRIE, GRAN TORINO, and FROZEN RIVER.

The movies with very strong secular humanist, nihilistic, anti-Christian, and/or anti-biblical worldviews included such movies as WANTED, STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE, CHICAGO 10, RELIGULOUS, SAW V, BRIDESHEAD REVISITED, HAMLET 2, HOUNDDOG and BLOODLINE.

According to MOVIEGUIDE®, if you separate the three movies with very strong anti-Christian and anti-biblical worldviews (HAMLET 2, HOUNDDOG and BLOODLINE), the movies with positive worldviews did 33 times better.

Worldviews in Conflict

Christian/Biblical/Moral Worldviews Beat Anti-Christian/Anti-Biblical/Humanist Worldviews

Dom. WV

B.O. Avg.

CCC + BBB

$55,403,248

HHH + AbAbAb

$11,178,009

AbAbAb

$1,683,396

What about previous years?

Even there too, people prefer movies with very strong Christian, biblical and moral worldviews, as shown by the following 5 Year and 10 Year charts.

For these charts, Movieguide® added all the other movies with very strong non-Christian worldviews, including worldviews promoting other religions, not just ones that attacked religion in general, promoted secular humanism or overtly mocked God, Jesus Christ and/or the Bible.

Very Strong Worldviews Compared, 2004-2008

Very Strong Worldviews

Avg. B.O.

Movies with very strong moral/biblical worldview

$62,109,499

Movies with very strong Christian worldview

$59,060,117

Movies with very strong non-Christian worldviews

$20,385,826

Very Strong Worldviews Compared, 1999-2008

Very Strong Worldviews

Avg. B.O.

Movies with very strong moral/biblical worldview

$58,162,103

Movies with very strong Christian worldview

$55,751,899

Movies with very strong non-Christian worldviews

$19,335,587

 

“Hollywood should make more movies like PRINCE CASPIAN, BOLT, FIREPROOF, and THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST if they want to do well at the box office,” said Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide®, who leads the non-profit group’s annual study.

Dr. Baehr revealed highlights of the 2009 Annual Report to the Entertainment Industry Wednesday evening at the 17th Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Gala in Beverly Hills.

MOVIEGUIDE® is dedicated to redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and informing the public about the influence of the entertainment media. For more information, please call 1-888-248-6689 or visit www.movieguide.org.

 

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