HOLLYWOOD (BP) — The church-made film “Courageous” is once again surprising the pundits thanks to strong DVD sales that have made it the No. 1-selling DVD nationwide.
Made by Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga., Courageous was the top-selling DVD for the week ending Jan. 22, according to Nielsen. With a budget of only $1 million — pennies by Hollywood standards — Courageous bested several movies with much larger budgets: No. 2. “Ides of March” ($37 million budget), No. 3 “Abduction” ($35 million) and No. 4 “Moneyball” ($50 million).
The Courageous DVD, released Jan. 17, includes more than two hours of special features, including deleted scenes, a “making of Courageous” segment and Courageous bloopers. It also was released on Blu-ray. It was the top-grossing box office new film on its opening weekend and also was No. 1 in per-theater average.
Each film by Sherwood Baptist has grossed more than its predecessor. The church — which gets only a portion of the total gross — also made Fireproof (2008) and Facing the Giants (2006). Courageous grossed $34.3 million.
The movie follows the story of five men — four of them police officers — as they strive to become better fathers.
Compiled by Michael Foust, associate editor of Baptist Press.