CULVER CITY, CA, March 31 -- The new film PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST, a thrilling, epic story of the man who persecuted the early church and then became its greatest evangelist, has remained in the top ten at the domestic box office throughout its’ first week. With a strong opening in theaters among a crowded field of faith-themed films and an A- CinemaScore®, PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST is expected to continue to draw audiences over the Easter weekend not only from the United States and Canada, but countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia. More than two dozen additional countries are also opening in the coming weeks including France, Mexico, Brazil, and the list continues to grow. (For a full list, go to PaulMovie.com).
“Most faith-based films are U.S. centric,” said Rich Peluso, EVP of Sony’s AFFIRM Films. “With PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST there has been a strong response from our international territories to this timeless feature about the man who wrote more of the Bible than any other person.”
Starring Jim Caviezel (THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST), James Faulkner (X MEN, Downton Abbey), Olivier Martinez (S.W.A.T.), Joanne Whalley (A.D. The Bible Continues) and John Lynch (THE SECRET GARDEN), PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST focuses on the last few weeks of Paul’s life awaiting death in a Roman prison, as he and Luke, penned a large swathe of the Bible’s New Testament. Screenwriter and director Andrew Hyatt didn’t shy from presenting the fear, danger and persecution faced by the early believers in the time of Nero . . . or their amazing acts of faith, love and service.
Eerily relevant to modern situations around the world where persecution for faith still occurs, Paul’s assertion that Love is the only way, resonates with audiences including many mainstream critics.
In PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST, Luke risks his life to visit Paul, who is held captive in a Roman prison under Nero’s rule. Together, they struggle against a determined emperor and the frailties of the human spirit in order to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ and spread their message to the world.
AFFIRM Films, a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company, in association with Giving Films, presents an ODB Films production in association with Mandalay Pictures.
About ODB Films
ODB Films is a Catholic ministry dedicated to fostering an encounter with Christ through artfully made, spiritually rich films. Founded in 2005 with the goal of providing a Christian presence in the social reality and a digital platform to meet teenagers where they are while striving to provide a Christian response in today’s social media. In its first decade, ODB Films produced and distributed more than 200 short films reaching thousands of young people in Catholic churches, dioceses, and other Christian faith communities throughout the world. In 2016, ODB Films produced its first feature film, the award-winning FULL OF GRACE, that is distributed domestically by Cinedigm Corporation and world-wide by Mission Pictures International. www.odbfilms.com
About Mandalay Pictures
Mandalay is a motion picture company that finances, produces and distributes motion pictures for the global marketplace. With its strong financial base, the company is known for its ability to assemble premier talent and develop properties that appeal to a global audience. Mandalay is led by an experienced and creative team of individuals with proven track records and the ability to effectively navigate the constantly evolving film marketplace.
About Giving Films
Giving Films was established by Richard L. Jackson and Fred Bernstein as an affiliate of Astute Films, LLC to finance and produce movies that spark conversations around faith. All of Giving Films’ profits are donated to charities, with an emphasis on those serving foster care. www.givingfilms.com
About AFFIRM Films
AFFIRM Films produces, acquires and markets films that inspire, uplift and entertain audiences around the world. Since releasing its first theatrical film—The Kendrick Brothers’ drama FACING THE GIANTS, in 2007, AFFIRM Films has released numerous quality faith-based films including SOUL SURFER, based on the inspirational true story of surfer Bethany Hamilton; WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL, the sports drama inspired by the story of the De La Salle Spartans; WAR ROOM, which hit No. 1 on the domestic box office chart; RISEN, which followed the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer; and was the faith-based marketing partner with Columbia Pictures and TriStar Pictures for their films MIRACLES FRM HEAVEN and the No. 2 faith-based film of all time, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL. AFFIRM Films also released ALL SAINTS in August 2017 and the animated film, THE STAR, in partnership with Sony Pictures Animation and Columbia Pictures, in November 2017. AFFIRM just released PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST on March 23, 2018. AFFIRM Films is a division of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA), a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company. AFFIRMFilms.com
About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., which is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition, and distribution; television production, acquisition, and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. SPE’s Motion Picture Group includes film labels Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, TriStar Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, and Sony Pictures Classics. For additional information, visit http://www.sonypictures.com/corp/divisions.html.