By James Hirsen
Moviegoers can expect to see a lot more films with faith-oriented themes coming their way. Why? Quite simply, faith-based movies are turning out to be phenomenally profitable ventures.
Ten years ago Mel Gibson’s "The Passion of the Christ" demonstrated that Christians would happily pack multiplexes in their show of support for authentically respectful films on faith. Gibson’s biblically based box-office blockbuster cost about $30 million to make and yielded more than $378.5 million domestically.
On the heels of a solid small-screen run as the Mike Seaver character in the 1985-1992 sitcom "Growing Pains," Kirk Cameron parlayed his television success into full-fledged Christian box-office achievement. Cameron plays the lead role in the 2008 film "Fireproof," which pulled in more than $33 million on a relatively small production budget of $500,000. His "Courageous" follow-up film grossed $34.5 million, with a modest production cost tally of only $2 million. [more...]