January 31, 2012
The church-made film "Courageous," which follows the story of four police officers as they strive to become better fathers, surprised critics once again by becoming the No. 1-selling DVD nationwide for the week ending Jan. 22, Baptist Press reports. Made by Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga., for a budget of just $1 million, "Courageous" surpassed DVD sales of several movies with much larger budgets, including "Ides of March," "Abduction" and "Moneyball." In addition to grossing $34.3 million in theaters, it was the top-grossing film in the box office its opening weekend and was No. 1 in per-theater average. Each film made by Sherwood Baptist -- including "Fireproof" (2008) and "Facing the Giants" (2006) -- has grossed more than its predecessor.