At least 70% of Americans can expect to experience dizziness at some point in their lives, and for the producers of the new movie “Risen,” starring Joseph Fiennes, it’s because of the $11.8 million the film earned at the box office opening weekend. In fact, the film did so well, that it’s taken its place among the top 20 best box office performance among Christian movies.
The film is expected to play well through March and into early April, and in the rankings it scored 7th behind the likes of “The Passion of the Christ,” “Son of God,” and “Heaven Is for Real.”
The film has been applauded for featuring a 47-year-old New Zealand actor, Cliff Curtis, especially in the wake of heavy criticism for the Oscars lack of diversity this year.
Joseph Fiennes, the featured star of the movie, applauded the casting choice on Metro: “…yes this is a big step forward just in terms of getting casting right and moving away from the golden, blue-eyed boy… It’s brilliant. I’m really proud of that.”
The role was one that Curtis used to fantasize about playing, especially since he grew up a deeply religious man.
Fiennes plays a Roman solider serving under Pontius Pilate, Clavius, in the film, who has been ordered to disprove that Jesus Christ rose from the grave three days after dying.
“Risen” has already made $12.7 million at the box office and had a production budget of only $20 million, so it is expected to break even and make a profit at any time.
During its opening weekend, the film only ranked third behind “Deadpool” and “Kung Fu Panda 3.”