A new faith-based musical debuted in the Netflix Top 5 over the weekend and even reached No. 3 on the worldwide most-popular list.
A Week Away, a faith-based movie featuring popular Christian songs, reached No. 8 on Netflix’s list for most popular titles in the U.S. over the weekend and No. 4 on Netflix’s list for most-popular movies.
“This is incredible.. thank you guys for all the support.. it means so much!” tweeted co-writer and co-producer Alan Powell (Like Arrows, The Song).
Even more impressive, A Week Away ranked No. 3 in the global list of most popular movies and TV series, according to the website Whats-On-Netflix.com. It ranked No. 3 in Brazil, No. 4 in India, No. 4 in Spain, and No. 6 in Germany and the Netherlands.
The film stars Kevin Quinn (Bunk’d) and Bailee Madison (Bridge to Terabithia) and tells the story of a troubled teen who finds Christ – and romance – at a summer church camp.
It includes music by Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant and For King and Country. On Monday, the soundtrack ranked No. 1 on the iTunes Christian album chart and No. 18 on the “all genres” chart.
Adam Watts, who wrote the music for A Week Away, said the film is for every generation, although he acknowledged teens will be naturally attracted to it. The message, he said, aims for the “heart.”
“When you're working on a movie like this, you have to start from that target audience, which would be somewhere in the teens, but then make sure that you keep panning back out and going, ‘OK, how's this going to be viewed from an adult perspective, or a younger kid perspective?’” Watts told Christian Headlines.
By aiming for the heart, he said, “You can't go wrong if that's your goal.”
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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.