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OPINION

'Courageous' to open in 50 new cities

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ALBANY, Ga. (BP) -- The church-made film "Courageous" -- the top-fan rated movie in the U.S. according to one major website -- will play in about 50 new cities this weekend.
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Courageous is the latest film from Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany., Ga., and was No. 4 on opening weekend and No. 6 on its second weekend, despite playing in less than half of the theaters as other films. Its per-theater average was No. 1 in its first weekend and No. 3 in its second weekend.

It remains very popular heading into its third weekend. Fandango.com, a leading movie-ticketing website, lists it at as the No. 1 fan-rated movie, ahead of "Reel Steel," "Dolphin Tale," "50/50" and "Moneyball." Viewers gave it an average score of 4.9 out of 5. Courageous also is one of just four movies this year to receive an A+ exit poll score from viewers in CinemaScore ratings.

The movie follows the story of five men -- four of them police officers -- as they seek to become better fathers. It played in 1,161 theaters the past two weekends. Most other films were in at least 2,300 theaters.

Following is the list of new cities where Courageous is opening Friday, listed in alphabetical order by state: Anchorage, Alaska; Tucson, Ariz.; Manhattan Beach, Calif.; Watsonville, Calif.; Burbank, Calif.; Rancho Mirage, Calif.; Brighton, Colo.; Lakewood, Colo.; Durango, Colo.; Rehoboth Beach, Del.; New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; Pace, Fla.; Roswell, Ga.; Cherokee, Iowa; Carroll, Iowa; Centerville, Iowa; Muscatine, Iowa; Mason City, Iowa; Ottumwa, Iowa; Carbondale, Ill.; Sandwich, Ill.; Elkhart, Ind.; Portage, Ind.; Huntington, Ind.; Greenfield, Ind.; Broussard, La.; Ocean City, Md.; Augusta, Maine; Marquette, Mich.; Ypsilanti, Mich.; Concord, N.C.; Kernersville, N.C.; Albemarle, N.C.; Hooksett, N.H.; New Brunswick, N.J.; Espanola, N.M.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Lakewood, N.Y.; Oneida, N.Y.; New Hartford, N.Y.; Wooster, Ohio; State College, Pa.; Del Rio, Texas; Kingsville, Texas; Galax, Va.; Redmond, Wa.; Oshkosh, Wi.; Bluefield, W.Va.; Elkins, W.Va.

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Compiled by Michael Foust, associate editor of Baptist Press.

Read a Q&A with producer Stephen Kendrick at

http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=36289.

Read how your church can get involved in Courageous at http://www.bpnews.net/BPFirstPerson.asp?ID=35942.

Read Baptist Press' review of Courageous at

http://www.bpnews.net/BPFirstPerson.asp?ID=35579.

Copyright (c) 2011 Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist Press www.BPNews.net

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