Thanks to sold-out theaters and an impressive opening weekend, Christmas with the Chosen: The Messengers is extending its theatrical run once again.
Distributor Fathom Events has extended the film’s run in theaters through Sunday, Dec. 12 – two days beyond its previous final day (Dec. 10) and far beyond its original dates (Dec. 1-2).
The Bible-based film, which includes a new episode of The Chosen in addition to music from well-known Christian artists, finished No. 4 at the weekend box office. It was the No. 1 movie in America on its first two nights, edging big-budget movies such as Encanto and Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
Its run date has been extended twice due to overwhelming support from fans.
“The Chosen was birthed from my biggest career failure when few people showed up in theaters for my previous film,” said The Chosen creator and director, Dallas Jenkins. “To sit in a theater full of people clapping and crying for Christmas music with an episode of a TV show about Jesus was an overwhelming experience.”
The Chosen is a popular multi-season television series about Jesus and his disciples that debuted in 2017.
Christmas with the Chosen includes a new episode of The Chosen and follows Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem.
The film also includes music from Phil Wickham, For King and Country, Maverick City Music, Cain, Brandon Lake, Jordan Feliz, We the Kingdom and Matt Maher. Additionally, it features spoken lines delivered by three actors from the popular series: Luke Dimyan (Judas), Giavani Cairo (Thaddeus) and Lara Silva (Eden).
It broke Fathom records for sales and tickets sold.
Jenkins indicated that The Chosen may return to theaters for future specials. The series itself is available, for free, on The Chosen app.
“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,” Jenkins said. “The enthusiastic comments from new and old fans give us confidence to do this again.”
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.