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The Chosen Soars to No. 1 at the U.S. Box Office on Opening Night

Michael Foust | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor | Monday, February 6, 2023
<em>The Chosen</em> Soars to No. 1 at the U.S. Box Office on Opening Night

The Chosen Soars to No. 1 at the U.S. Box Office on Opening Night

The Season 3 finale to The Chosen rocketed to No. 1 at the box office on opening night and finished in the Top 10 for the weekend, marking the third time the popular Bible-based series has topped the U.S. movie charts.

The Chosen Season 3 Finale grossed $1.6 million on its first night, Thursday, February 2, for a No. 1 finish, topping Knock at the Cabin ($1.45 million), Avatar: The Way of Water ($1 million) and 80 for Brady ($750,000).

The Chosen Season 3 Finale was No. 4 at the box office on Friday and No. 9 for the weekend, according to estimates.

“We didn’t spend anything on marketing, we weren’t anticipating big numbers,” director Dallas Jenkins said. “We just wanted to quietly make this available on the big screen to our fans for two days. It’s fun to see them not keep it quiet.”

The series’ Facebook page also celebrated the news.

“We were excited to give you a chance to see the finale on the big screen, but weren’t expecting this,” the Facebook pagesaid. “Look what YOU did.”

It was the third time a movie based on The Chosen topped the box office charts. In 2021, Christmas with the Chosen: The Messengers finished No. 1 on its first two nights, Dec. 1 and 2.

The Season 3 finale – which included Episodes 7 and 8 – performed well at the box office even though fans knew they could watch it, for free, within days. The official social media accounts for The Chosen had announced that Episode 7 would stream, for free, on February 5 and Episode 8 on February 7 (also free). The Angel Studios series is crowdfunded and can be streamed on The Chosen app or the Angel Studios app.

“The comments that we have been receiving are overwhelming,” Jenkins said on the series’ official Facebook page, referencing feedback from the movie.

The Chosen Season 3 Finale includes the much-discussed scene depicting the Feeding of the 5,000. An estimated 12,000 extras drove and flew to Texas last year for the filming of the scene.


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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-Chroniclethe Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

The Chosen Soars to No. 1 at the U.S. Box Office on Opening Night