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DUCK DYNASTY’s THE BLIND Lands Top 5 Spot at Box Office

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DUCK DYNASTY’s THE BLIND Lands Top 5 Spot at Box Office

By Movieguide® Contributor 

THE BLIND landed at No. 5 at the box office this weekend, scoring the No. 1 spot on its opening day.  

The movie tells the true story of DUCK DYNASTY patriarch Phil Robertson, describing how God transformed and redeemed his life.

Movieguide® reported on Robertson’s redemptive story:

Robertson struggled with alcohol abuse for years and was unfaithful in his marriage to wife Kay. His life turned around after he found Jesus. 

“I’m embarrassed by my past on one side, but on the other, I’m unashamed because my rotten sins have been bought and paid for by blood,” Robertson said in a statement about the movie. “If THE BLIND brings one person to know the power of the blood of Jesus, it was worth it.”

When the film opened Thursday, it brought in $839k according to Box Office Pro. The website shared that “In its first full weekend, it earned $4.1M for fifth place, a top five debut that few saw coming.”

This take is impressive because of THE BLIND’s limited release, reaching only 1,717 theaters nationwide. For reference, PAW PATROL: THE MIGHTY MOVIE took $23M but is playing in 3,989 theaters, per Box Office Pro. 

Movieguide® reported that “THE BLIND is the first project from the Robertson family’s production company, Tread Lively Productions.”

“‘Phil is so passionate about the gospel and getting it out,’ son Willie Robertson said of the decision to put his parents’ lives on the big screen. ‘He said, “Hey, if this helps people, then we can do it.” They’ve been so transparent anyway about their lives and [there was] nothing in the movie that I hadn’t heard them talk about.’” 

The movie earned a -1 content score. Part of Movieguide®’s review reads:

THE BLIND refers to a duck blind where his friend, Al, and Phil Robertson are hunting in 1985. Phil tells Al his Christian testimony. The movie cuts to 1958 when Phil is a little boy. Phil’s father worked in the oil fields, away from home for long periods. As a youngster, Phil goes hunting and fishing to bring food home for his family. Phil’s mother has psychotic experiences where she just gets angry at everything and is hauled off by police several times. Phil’s only blessing is Kay. They know in high school they’re destined for each other. Phil gives up a football scholarship to marry Kay. His excessive drinking leads to a downward spiral. Kay gives Phil an ultimatum, but can he change?

THE BLIND is a good movie as a Christian testimony. That said, it doesn’t follow the rules of filmmaking. So, it may not win a big audience. The movie is propelled by the jeopardy, and vice and drinking, but Jesus is extolled . THE BLIND is a rough movie. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution, especially for children and young teenagers.

Now more than ever we’re bombarded by darkness in media, movies, and TV. Movieguide® has fought back for almost 40 years, working within Hollywood to propel uplifting and positive content. We’re proud to say we’ve collaborated with some of the top industry players to influence and redeem entertainment for Jesus. Still, the most influential person in Hollywood is you. The viewer.

What you listen to, watch, and read has power. Movieguide® wants to give you the resources to empower the good and the beautiful. But we can’t do it alone. We need your support.

You can make a difference with as little as $7. It takes only a moment. If you can, consider supporting our ministry with a monthly gift. Thank you.

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Now more than ever we’re bombarded by darkness in media, movies, and TV. Movieguide® has fought back for almost 40 years, working within Hollywood to propel uplifting and positive content. We’re proud to say we’ve collaborated with some of the top industry players to influence and redeem entertainment for Jesus. Still, the most influential person in Hollywood is you. The viewer.

What you listen to, watch, and read has power. Movieguide® wants to give you the resources to empower the good and the beautiful. But we can’t do it alone. We need your support.

You can make a difference with as little as $7. It takes only a moment. If you can, consider supporting our ministry with a monthly gift. Thank you.

Movieguide® is a 501c3 and all donations are tax deductible.


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