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‘Jesus Revolution’: third place at box office

The recently released movie, “Jesus Revolution,” has had a very successful opening, finishing in third position at the box office. The film recounts the story of the 1970s Jesus Movement including the role played by Pastor Chuck Smith in embracing hippies who were searching for truth at his church. It resulted in one of the most profound spiritual awakenings in the history of the United States. The movie has already earned around $15.8 million, which is over double the estimated figure of $6-7 million. The film is based on the book, Jesus Revolution, by Pastor Greg Laurie which highlights the true incidents surrounding the 1970s spiritual awakening, which originated in a Southern California community.

Faithwire reports:

The new faith-based film “Jesus Revolution” opened big this past weekend, finishing at No. 3 at the box office.

It brought in an estimated $15.8 million. This was more than double the original estimate of between $6-7 million.

As CBN News reported, the film tells the true story behind the Jesus Movement of the 1970s, including how Pastor Chuck Smith welcomed hippies looking for truth at his church. It gave birth to one of the greatest spiritual awakenings in American history.

Despite mixed critical reviews, the film has a remarkable 99% audience rating on the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes (as compared to the 53% critics’ score). Additionally, Jesus Revolution has earned a rare A+ CinemaScore from opening day audiences, according to Collider.com.

The movie is based on Pastor Greg Laurie’s book, Jesus Revolution, which outlines “the true story of the national spiritual awakening in the early 1970s and its origins within a community of teenage hippies in Southern California.”

After being saved, Laurie would later start Harvest Christian Fellowship, in Riverside, California, which is now one of the largest churches in the country. The church has sponsored its local SoCal Harvest event for three decades, making it one of the longest-running evangelistic events in the nation, attended by millions of people.

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