God’s Not Dead 2 flops as it makes less in it’s first weekend then the original, despite opening in three times as many movie theaters.
God may be dead at the movie theaters as God’s Not Dead 2 flops in it’s debut weekend. Coming in at #4 at the box office for April 1 – April 3, 2016, the sequel took in only $8.1 million. To put it in perspective, the 2015 original God’s Not Dead opened in just 780 theaters and grossed $8.6 million in it’s opening weekend. It went on to gross $61 million in the US and $1.9 million throughout the rest of the world for a final tally of $62.6 million worldwide against a budget of only $2 million.
God’s Not Dead 2 opened up in 2,300 theaters – three times the amount of theaters as the original – and only grossed $8.1 million. The expectations for the sequel were in the $10 – $12 million range for it’s debut weekend, grossing higher then the original. Clearly, that didn’t happen at all. The film stars Melissa Joan Hart (we were wondering what she’s been up to in the last 20 years) as a high school teacher who answers a students question about Jesus and somehow, is sued for this. The filmmakers make “the heathens” (read: everyone who isn’t a Bible beating, in your face Christian) somehow get to the point of wanting a class action lawsuit to deny any historical proof of Jesus Christ. So basically, the film is a comedic fantasy.
The film has been lambasted by the critics with the Chicago Times saying “the entire film simply comes off as a two-hour, jazzed-up movie version of a sermon“. The Hollywood Reporter said, “Pounding its agenda with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer, God’s Not Dead 2 will no doubt please its target audience. Everyone else will be left wondering why its fans seem to be suffering from such a persecution complex.” Currently, God’s Not Dead 2 has a 14% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Ouch!
Expect this film to leave the theaters quickly and the filmmakers to blame the “Hollywood liberal elites” on their shitty movie doing shitty numbers.