The faith-based Film Fireproof had now grossed 40 times its original budget with ticket sales-- an accomplishment that has raised even the eyebrows of its own directors.
The movie, which opened at No. 4 in the country, passed the $20 million mark last weekend after less than a month in theatres. The film follows the story of a firefighter struggling to keep his marriage alive and has become a source for helping marriages nationwide.
"We are thrilled with Fireproof's astonishing reception and grateful that audiences all over America are raving about this entertaining and inspirational film," Meyer Gottlieb, president of Samuel Goldwyn Films said. The company helped produce the film along with Provident Films, Affirm Films and Sherwood Pictures, the film ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga.
Fireproof is the third movie produced by Sherwood Pictures. Facing the Giants, a previous movie developed by the groups, grossed more than $10 million.
"We don't do this so that people will pat us on the back," Sherwood Senior Pastor Michael Catt said. "We do it for God's glory."
Brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick wrote Fireproof. Since its release, the movie has been used in helping firefighters and police officers repair and keep their marriages. Divorce rates among these groups have been as high as 90 percent.
Sales for "The Love Dare," a book used in the movie, have also sky rocketed as churches use it in their ministry.
"Calls, letters and emails are pouring into Sherwood Pictures to tell us how Fireproof has inspired them to pursue covenant in their own marriages," Alex Kendrick said. "We know we have a lot of growing to do as filmmakers, but we will always look for the 'God' idea that inspires and motivates people."
Fireproof is expected to expand to 1,000 more theatres in upcoming weeks.
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Sources: CBN News, CitizenLink, Associated Press