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Fireproof passes $23M at box office

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–“Fireproof” continued its impressive run in its fifth weekend in theaters, passing the $23 million mark and losing only 17.1 percent from the previous weekend, according to studio estimates.

The film — the latest release from the makers of “Facing the Giants” — was boosted in part by its opening in 85 new cities. All total, it played in 898 theaters, seven fewer than the previous weekend.

It finished No. 11 for the second straight weekend with a weekend estimated gross of $2,137,000, putting it at $23,610,000 for its entire release. Its loss of 17.1 percent from the previous weekend is unusual; among the other Top 20 movies that have been in theaters more than one week, all of them lost anywhere from 27 to 57 percent.

Fireproof finished sixth among the top 15 movies on a per-theater average, making $2,380.

The movie tells the story of how a firefighting captain played by Kirk Cameron works to save his failing marriage. “The Love Dare,” a book featured in the movie,” has been No. 1 for three straight weeks on The New York Times’ paperback advice bestseller list. It is published by B&H Publishing Group.

Fireproof, filmed on a $500,000 budget, was made by Sherwood Pictures, which is owned by Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga.
Compiled by Michael Foust, assistant editor of Baptist Press. Box office data compiled from BoxOfficeMojo.com .

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