“Overcomer” Opens at No. 3, Grosses Over $8.2 Million in First Weekend at Box Office

The faith-themed Kendrick brothers film “Overcomer” had a strong opening, placing third at the box office its opening weekend and grossing over $8.2 million at over 1,700 theaters.

The drama film is directed and produced by Alex and Stephen Kendrick, Baptist pastors and filmmakers who produced such films as the No. 1 box office hit “War Room,” Facing the Giants” and “Fireproof.”

“Overcomer” is the brothers’ sixth film.

“Overcomer” focuses on the life chances of basketball coach John Harrison (played by Alex Kendrick) who loses his team as hundreds of people move out of town following the closing of a manufacturing plant.

Harrison is a Christian man who saw his identity in his accomplishments. As a result, the coach begins coaching a sport that he doesn’t even enjoy. In the process, he coaches a cross-country runner who is led toward self-discovery in God as she pushes her limits.

In addition to Kendrick, the film stars actress Priscilla Shirer. Shirer is the daughter of megachurch pastor Tony Evans, a Bible teacher and New York Times bestselling author. Shirer also starred in “War Room.”

The film also stars Shari Rigby of “October Baby” fame and newcomer actress Aryn Wright-Thompson. The film’s budget was about $5 million.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith