CHRISTMAS WITH THE CHOSEN Sets Multiple Box Office Records In Theatrical Opening
By Movieguide® Staff
THE CHOSEN’s first-ever theatrical release, CHRISTMAS WITH THE CHOSEN: THE MESSENGERS, broke box office records in its debut on Dec. 1 and became the bestselling Fathom Event release of all time.
The special event earned $8 million on opening night. It included a new episode of THE CHOSEN called THE MESSENGER and performances from prominent Christian artists such as Phil Wickham, Maverick City Music, The Bonner Family, and many more.
“We knew we had something special with this title,” Ray Nutt, CEO of Fathom Events, said in a recent press release. “We are grateful for the passionate fans of The Chosen and our exhibitor partners who accommodated demand by adding showtimes and locations. We are all partners on this journey to claim the #1 spot as Fathom’s best-selling event, ever!”
In just the first 12 hours of availability, THE MESSENGERS recorded the fastest out-of-the-gate sales with $1.5 million.
“We don’t do this for the numbers, but these records indicate people will indeed go to the theater for a project they’re passionate about,” THE CHOSEN creator, writer, and director Dallas Jenkins said. “The enthusiastic comments from new and old fans give us confidence to do this again.”
A portion of Movieguide®’s review reads:
CHRISTMAS WITH THE CHOSEN: THE MESSENGERS is the first theatrical release for creator, writer, and director Dallas Jenkins with the team behind the fully crowd-funded series, and first ever, multi-episode show about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. The event features songs performed by talent such as Phil Wickham, Maverick City Music, for KING & COUNTRY, Brandon Lake and more. Intermingled with the music are four, scripture-filled monologues, from several of the series’ beloved actors and actresses. And finally, the Fathom Event features a brand new episode that focuses on the birth of Emmanuel from the perspective of Mary and Joseph.
CHRISTMAS WITH THE CHOSEN: THE MESSENGERS is a joyous, gospel-focused celebration of advent and the true story of the birth of Jesus Christ. Through song, scripture, and dramatic representations of the biblical stories, CHRISTMAS WITH THE CHOSEN emphasizes the hope that Emmanual, God with us, brings to a weary and sinful world. This event will make viewers want to worship the greatness of God, rest in the mercy of Jesus born in a feeding trough, and look expectantly to the believer’s future peace with Him in heaven. The music and production are masterfully woven together to create a cohesive narrative that will surely stir your hearts to praise this holiday season.
Here is a list of performers:
- Phil Wickham
- Maverick City Music
- for KING & COUNTRY
- Brandon Lake
- Leanna Crawford
- Jordan Feliz
- Dawson Hollow
- Matt Maher
- One Voice Children’s Choir
- The Bonner Family
- Bryan and Katie Torwalt
- We The Kingdom
Returning actors from THE CHOSEN cast also performed monologues woven between the music and episode. These featured actors Giavani Cairo (Thaddeus), Luke Dimyan (Judas). Lara Silva (Eden), and Austin Reed Alleman (Nathaniel).
CHRISTMAS WITH THE CHOSEN: THE MESSENGERS will continue to play in 1,700 theaters until Dec. 10. The team behind THE CHOSEN also offers ticketed screenings for churches which can be researched here.