Excitement builds for Son of God opening

SOG- On Sheet Excitement is building for the Son of God, from Roma Downey and Mark Burnett (the producers of the record-breaking miniseries The Bible). The first major motion picture depicting the complete life of Jesus Christ in nearly 50 years, it is released by Motive Entertainment and 20th Century Fox. The film opens in theaters nationwide on February 28.

About Son of God

Compiling segments from The Bible miniseries with additional footage, Son of God is the story of Jesus Christ. Told with the scope and scale of an action epic, the film features powerful performances, exotic locales, dazzling visual effects and a rich orchestral score from Oscar®-winner Hans Zimmer. Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado portrays Jesus as the film spans from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection. It marks the first motion picture about Jesus’s life since Passion of the Christ, released ten years ago.

Son of God is produced by Roma Downey, best known for playing an angel on the hit TV show “Touched by an Angel,” and her husband Mark Burnett, a five-time Emmy winner who produces “Survivor,” “The Voice,” “The Apprentice,” “Shark Tank,” and other top shows.

The film is directed by Christopher Spencer (I Shouldn’t Be Alive). Spencer co-wrote the script along with Richard Bedser (Gettysburg documentary), Colin Swash (Stonehenge Decoded) and Nic Yung (What Destroyed the Hindenburg?). In addition to Morgado in the title role, the film stars Roma Downey as Mary the mother of Jesus, Amber Rose Revah as Mary Magdalene, Louise Delamere as Claudia and Darwin Shaw as Simon Peter.

Slated to open on more than 3,000 screens, Son of God has built excitement as the opening weekend approaches. According to Boxoffice.com, as of last week, over 500,000 advanced tickets have been sold through various outlets and they project an accumulative $42 million in sales. The film’s trailer has had over 3 million views on YouTube.

In addition, church organizations and leaders are taking over several multiplexes nationwide on Thursday, February 27. Multiplexes in at least 10 cities nationwide are playing Son of God on all their screens on the evening of February 27. “It’s very interesting to see this level of excitement around the movie,” stated James Meredith, VP, Head of Marketing & Communications for Cinemark.  “We’ve already scheduled a few large-scale theatre buyouts for Son of God in theatres across the country.  The interest level for meetings, events, screenings and buyouts seems to be on par with that of major blockbuster, tentpole or franchise movies.”

Crossroads Church in Cincinnati is bringing thousands of people to their local Cinemark on Thurs Feb 27, where Son of God will be showing on 13 screens at the same time. “We’re inviting everyone to experience this historic film about the life of Jesus,” said Brian Wells from Crossroads. “Our church bought out every screen in the theater. If anyone comes to the theater to see another movie that night, they’ll be out of luck, unless we have a few extra tickets to give them!”

Mega-church pastor and NY Times bestselling author, Rick Warren, is buying out screens in eight different theaters throughout Orange County. “I’ve seen most of the films about Jesus produced in the past 50 years, and Son of God is the best,” Warren said. “We’re excited Jesus is back on the big screen, and we’re going to fill the theaters.” Warren is also supporting the film by creating his own curriculum releasing February 15 – Son of God: The Life of Jesus in You.

Other churches and organizations distributing tickets for a “theater take-overs” are:

  • Joel Osteen (Lakewood Church) – Houston, TX
  • Craig Groeschel (LifeChurch) – Oklahoma City OK & Tulsa, OK
  • Archbishop José Gomez (Archdiocese of Los Angeles)
  • Miles McPherson (Rock Church) – San Diego, CA
  • Unpolished Entrepreneurs Group (Crossroads Church) – Cincinnati, OH
  • Jerry Falwell, Jr. (Liberty University) – Lynchburg, VA
  • Ray Johnston (Bayside Church) – Sacramento, CA

“We’re very excited that the community is mobilizing to support Son of God,” said Mark and Roma. “The grass roots support is so important and the faith community is amazing when it mobilizes. Our hope is that the story and message of Jesus Christ will reach tens of millions of people nationwide.”

Running 2 hours, 18 minutes, Son of God is rated PG-13 for intense and bloody depiction of The Crucifixion, and for some sequences of violence. The film will released in English, Spanish and Korean.

For more information, including purchasing tickets:

Son of God Movie website.

Son of God Movie Facebook

Son of God Movie Twitter