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OPINION

'Courageous' climbs back into Top 10

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ALBANY, Ga. (BP) -- The church-made film "Courageous" climbed back into the Top 10 among all weekend movies during its fifth weekend after falling out of it, a rare feat for any film.
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Movies generally fall several spots in each succeeding weekend they are in theaters in total gross, but Courageous jumped from No. 11 in its fourth weekend back to No. 10, thanks in part to it opening in more than 100 new theaters. Perhaps just as impressive, it lost only 26.3 percent from its previous weekend -- the lowest among all holdover movies.

The movie was made by Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga.

Courageous' $1.8 million placed it just behind "Moneyball" and just ahead of "Johnny English Reborn." It has made $27.6 million since it was released Sept. 30. By comparison, "Fireproof," also made by Sherwood, had grossed $23.6 million in 2008 after its fifth weekend.

Courageous opened in 1,161 theaters and is still playing in 1,134 theatres.

It was the No. 1 new film on opening weekend and as of early October was one of only four movies this year to receive an A+ CinemaScore exit poll rating from viewers.

The movie follows the story of five men -- four of them police officers -- as they seek to become better fathers.

Compiled by Michael Foust, associate editor of Baptist Press.

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

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