Faith-Filled THE CHOSEN Earns $13M At Box Office While Cannibalistic BONES AND ALL Bombs

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Faith-Filled THE CHOSEN Earns $13M At Box Office While Cannibalistic BONES AND ALL Bombs

By Movieguide® Staff

Despite Hollywood’s attempt to make Cannibalism mainstream with the recent star-studded horror romance BONES AND ALL, one look at the box office shows that audiences preferred the uplifting, faith-filled premier of Season 3 of THE CHOSEN.

According to statistics gathered by Box Office Mojo, IMDb’s box office site, THE CHOSEN made $13M in ticket sales while the bloody, gruesome BONES AND ALL bombed.

Over the course of two weeks, THE CHOSEN showed in 2,021 theaters and grossed $13.9M at the box office. In comparison, BONES AND ALL opened in 2,727 theaters and currently sits at $4.6M in domestic revenue.

While no official number on the budget for BONES AND ALL has been released, it is expected to have cost $16-$20M for production costs alone.

While there has been a rise in Cannibalism movies and projects in Hollywood and the entertainment media, the box office proves that audiences are not as enthralled with the gruesome, bloody, and excessive trend.

Movieguide® previously reported:

Hollywood has a new obsession; portraying cannibalism on-screen.

The most recent example is the horror romance, BONES AND ALL, starring A-list actors like Timothée Chalamet.

Other recent projects that include cannibalism are Netflix’s DAHMER – MONSTER: THE JEFFREY DAHMER STORY, and horror movies FRESH and RAW from earlier this year.

Cannibalism is no longer considered out of bounds by mainstream media and is even glorified and normalized in movies that are promoted and popularized online.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Long Island University emeritus professor of biology Bill Schutt, the author of Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History, noted: “We are really numb to violence on screen, especially when you can put a filter of fictionalization on it. Now you can have the blood and guts and gore that people get off on, but also have this idea of food. There may be another reason, but to me that’s the explanation for why this is so popular.”

Movieguide® previously reported of THE CHOSEN:

The first two episodes of the third season of THE CHOSEN were released in theaters this Thanksgiving, outperforming big Hollywood movies at the box office.

For the second straight week, THE CHOSEN’s episodes made it into the Top 10 list of high-earning movies at the box office.

On week two, THE CHOSEN made No. 9 on the box office ranking list, with $1.6 million in gross ticket sales. Their week one ranking was No. 3, with $8.7 million in ticket sales.

For comparison, SHE SAID, a movie about the journalists who broke the story about Harvey Weinstein’s pattern of sexual abuse, came in at No. 10 on its second week, making $1.1 million.

Many are pointing out that THE CHOSEN’s box office success is sending a message to Hollywood about the kind of content that sells tickets.

“The success of THE CHOSEN shows there is money Hollywood is leaving on the table, but the audience is one they don’t understand,” said Hunter Duesing, a film teacher and co-host of the Midnight Movie Cowboys podcast. “Films like SHE SAID are fashionable for people in the media, but don’t have much appeal outside of a small group.”