Americans Give Far More Money to Religion than Movies

Charitable giving to churches and other religious organizations in the United States totaled $100.95 billion in 2009, but the movies only made $10.7 billion at the theatrical box office in 2009 in both the U.S. and Canada.

Thus, donations to religion in the U.S. alone were nearly nine and one-half times higher!

Donations to Religion versus Movie Box Office



2009 U.S. Donations to Religion

$100.95 billion

2008 Movie Box Office

$ 10.70 billion

Despite this huge difference, Hollywood averages about $106 million or more to produce, distribute, and promote, or market, each movie it made, according to the Motion Picture Association of America. Yet, the budget for MOVIEGUIDE® and the Christian Film & Television Commission® (CFTVC) is less than two percent of that amount for the whole year!

Despite this huge discrepancy, in the past 18 years, with the help of this ministry and its Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to Hollywood, the number of movies with positive Christian and moral content has nearly quadrupled!

Imagine, therefore, what MOVIEGUIDE® could do if people in the Church spent one-tenth of what Hollywood spends on only one movie, or $10.6 million every year, to support the work of MOVIEGUIDE® and CFTVC to redeem the values of the mass media of entertainment!

– Sources: Giving USA 2010 and Variety, 01/04/10.

Photo by Thomas Hawk.