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The Case for Christ (2017)

The Case for Christ
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $14,269,341Details
International Box Office $589,285Details
Worldwide Box Office $14,858,626
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In 1980, Lee Strobel’s award-winning investigative reporting earned him a promotion to legal editor at the Chicago Tribune. Things at home weren’t going nearly as well. His wife Leslie’s newfound faith in Christ compels Lee to utilize his journalistic and legal training to disprove the claims of Christianity—pitting his resolute atheism against her growing faith.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office 4,058 $14,269,341
All Time International Box Office 6,282 $589,285
All Time Worldwide Box Office 5,032 $14,858,626

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: April 7th, 2017 (Wide) by Pure Flix Entertainment
International Releases: May 5th, 2017 (Wide), released as The Case For Christ (Australia)
May 5th, 2017 (Wide), released as Case For Christ, The (New Zealand)
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements including medical descriptions of crucifixion, and incidental smoking.
(Rating bulletin 2463 (Cert #50919), 2/15/2017)
Running Time: 112 minutes
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Keywords: 1980s, Atheism, Faith-Based, Christians, Investigative Journalist
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: Pure Flix, Triple Horse Studios
Production Countries: United States


   Lee Strobel
   Leslie Strobel
   Joe Dubois
   Dr. Roberta Waters
Robert Forster    Walter Strobel
   Alfie Davis
Kelly Lamor Wilson    Young Leslie Strobel
Mike Pniewski    Kenny London
Tom Nowicki    Dr. Alexander Metherell
Kevin Sizemore    Dr. Gary Habermas
Rus Blackwell    Dr. William Craig
Jordan Cox    Bill Hybels
Renell Gibbs    James Dixon
Haley Rosenwasser    Alison Strobel
Brett Rice    Ray Nelson
Grant Goodeve    Mr. Cook

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Brian Bird
Based on the book by    Lee Strobel
Producer    Brian Bird
Producer    Elizabeth Travis
Producer    Karl Horstmann
Producer    Michael Scott
Producer    David A.R. White
Producer    Alysoun Wolfe
Co-Producer    Brian Bird
Executive Producer    Lee Strobel
Executive Producer    Paul Kepes
Executive Producer    Frank Shaw
Executive Producer    Lee Shaw
Executive Producer    Monica Kepes
Director of Photography    Brian Shanley
Editor    Vance Null
Costume Designer    Dana Konick
Composer    Will Musser
Production Designer    Mitchell Crisp
Casting Director    Billy Damota

Weekend Wrap-Up: Fate Falls to Great Expectations, Still Earns $98.79 million

April 18th, 2017

The Fate of the Furious

As expected, The Fate of the Furious dominated the box office this weekend, earning nearly a 60% share of the total box office. It did miss predictions, however, with “just” $98.79 million. This is the curse of great expectations. Overall, the box office rose 40% from last weekend, reaching $167 million. However, this was 5.1% lower than the same weekend last year. Had The Fate of the Furious matched expectations, then 2017 would have had a 5% lead over last year. Year-to-date, 2017 has pulled in $3.37 billion and has a 7.2% lead over 2016. That will shrink as last year’s The Jungle Book’s legs will undoubtedly be better than The Fate of the Furious’s legs, but I don’t think 2017 will fall behind 2016 any time soon. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Baby and Beast Dominate Box Office with $26.36 million and $23.65 million

April 11th, 2017

The Boss Baby

It was a good weekend at the box office, considering the time of year, but this was almost entirely due to holdovers. The Boss Baby earned $26.36 million, which was within a rounding of our prediction, while Beauty and the Beast was relatively close behind. This meant the best new release, Smurfs: The Lost Village, only managed third place. Furthermore, it wasn’t even close to second place. Overall, the box office fell 30% from last weekend. More importantly, it was 14% higher than the same weekend last year. Year-to-date, 2017 has pulled in $3.15 billion becoming the fastest year to reach $3 billion. It is also 6.4% or $190 million ahead of last year’s pace. It is still early, but 2017 is starting to build up a lead that will act as a cushion when it inevitably hits a soft patch. More...

Weekend Estimates: Baby Continues to Boss at the Box Office

April 9th, 2017

The Boss Baby

The Boss Baby will score another win at the box office this weekend, with Fox predicting a total of $26.3 million for the weekend, down 48% from its debut, and $89.4 million to date. That’s a remarkably strong second weekend, considering that Beauty and the Beast will be down virtually the same proporation—45%—in its fourth weekend. Disney’s blockbuster will do $25 million for a cume of $432 million so far domestically. With $545.1 million internationally, the film now has $977.4 million worldwide, and will pass the billion dollar mark this week. More...

Thursday Night Previews: Going has Stylish Start, while Smurfs is Going, Going, Gone

April 7th, 2017

Going in Style

There was an upset during Thursday’s previews, as Going in Style actually led the way with $600,000. However, demographics suggest it won’t remain in the lead for long. This is still not a great start, but it is nearly perfectly in line with expectations. The film’s reviews rose a little to 42% positive, but this still won’t help its legs. Look for an opening weekend of $10 million, more or less. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will it be Smurfs and the New Releases Get Lost in the Crowd?

April 6th, 2017

Smurfs: The Lost Village

It is the first weekend of April and there are two and a half films opening wide this week. The widest of these is Smurfs: The Lost Village, but direct competition is going to hurt it at the box office. Going in Style is aiming to be a sleeper hit, but its reviews will likely get in the way of that. Meanwhile, The Case for Christ is opening in barely more than 1,000 theaters and it is aiming for the churchgoing crowd and no one else. On the positive side, it is Easter next weekend, so it should have good legs. Unfortunately for the new releases, it looks like The Boss Baby will have a relatively easy time repeating in first place, while Beauty and the Beast will be close behind in second. This weekend last year, The Boss opened in first place with $23.59 million, while Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was right behind with $23.36 million. This week we should have at least two films top that, perhaps even three if Smurfs: The Lost Village is on the high end of expectations. 2017 should continue to add to its lead over 2016. More...

2017 Preview: April

April 1st, 2017

The Fate of the Furious

March was a month of extremes, led by two strong performances: Beauty and the Beast breaking records and Logan cracking $200 million with ease. There were also two other $100 million hits and another potential $100 million hit that we don’t have significant box office numbers for yet. This is fantastic. On the opposite end, there were three films on last month’s list that didn’t even open truly wide. This month won’t be as lucrative at the top, as The Fate of the Furious is the only film expected to top $100 million. Fortunately, it is expected to open with over $100 million. On the other extreme, there are many, many films on this list that I’m not sure will open wide. Fortunately, last April wasn’t any better. The Jungle Book made nearly $1 billion worldwide, but the other nine films combined made less than half of that. To emphasize: the other nine films that opened last April averaged less than $50 million worldwide each. If The Fate of the Furious can just come close to the previous installment of the franchise, then 2017 has a solid shot at topping 2016. More...

Contest: Smurf to the Smurf

March 31st, 2017

Smurfs: The Lost Village

There are three wide releases opening next weekend, but only Smurfs: The Lost Village has a shot at topping the chart. Going in Style would be happy with a total of $50 million domestically, while The Case for Christ might not even open truly wide. Because of this, Smurfs: The Lost Village is the best choice for the target film in this week’s box office prediction contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for Smurfs: The Lost Village.

April 1st is on Saturday, so we are starting our April Fools contests this week. Two of our winners will get movies from our prize pool, while one will be chosen at random to be the fool and receive an HD-DVD release.

Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win one of two previously reviewed movies, or be the winner of the Fool’s Prize. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will also be a potential winner of two previously reviewed movies, or the winner of the Fool’s Prize. Finally, we will be choosing an entrant from the group of people who haven't won, or haven't won recently, and they will win either the final of two previously reviewed movies, or be the winner of the Fool’s Prize.

Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2017/04/07 10 $3,967,885   1,174 $3,380   $3,967,885 3
2017/04/14 9 $2,758,271 -30% 1,386 $1,990   $8,485,975 10
2017/04/21 13 $1,584,587 -43% 1,247 $1,271   $11,361,296 17
2017/05/05 21 $388,432   585 $664   $13,872,143 31
2017/05/12 27 $188,712 -51% 266 $709   $14,269,341 38

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2017/04/07 7 $1,541,531   1,174 $1,313   $1,541,531 1
2017/04/08 10 $1,312,177 -15% 1,174 $1,118   $2,853,708 2
2017/04/09 8 $1,114,177 -15% 1,174 $949   $3,967,885 3
2017/04/10 10 $352,959 -68% 1,174 $301   $4,320,844 4
2017/04/11 8 $551,008 +56% 1,174 $469   $4,871,852 5
2017/04/12 11 $405,765 -26% 1,174 $346   $5,277,617 6
2017/04/13 8 $450,087 +11% 1,174 $383   $5,727,704 7
2017/04/14 9 $955,478 +112% 1,386 $689   $6,683,182 8
2017/04/15 10 $979,044 +2% 1,386 $706   $7,662,226 9
2017/04/16 6 $823,749 -16% 1,386 $594   $8,485,975 10

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2017/04/07 9 $5,727,704   1,174 $4,879   $5,727,704 7
2017/04/14 7 $4,049,005 -29% 1,386 $2,921   $9,776,709 14
2017/05/05 19 $596,918   585 $1,020   $14,080,629 35

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Australia 5/5/2017 $176,507 37 40 117 $494,307 5/22/2017
New Zealand 5/5/2017 $32,758 12 17 45 $94,978 5/22/2017
International Total$589,285 5/22/2017

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

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