“The Chosen” peaks at #3 in opening weekend

Faith-based streaming series The Chosen ranked third among all films at the box office during its opening weekend of November 18-20.

“The Chosen” premiered its Season 3 premiere in theaters on November 18 and grossed more than $8.6 million over its opening weekend, followed by “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and “The Menu,” according to the dated Series creators and distributors Angel released Information Studios.

The Chosen seasons 1 and 2 are free to watch on various platforms as the show is crowdfunded. It is said to be the largest crowdfunding media project in history.

“As a crowdfunded indie show, we’re thrilled to be among the top 3 winners compared to traditional Hollywood studios Disney and Searchlight,” Angel Studios said in a statement Nov. 21. “Angel Studios’ model of building communities around creators works.”

“The Chosen” peaked at number 3 while being played on just 2,012 screens — less than half as many as “Black Panther,” according to dailywire.com.

Angel Studios CEO Neal Harmon tweeted on Nov. 18, “Thank you to everyone who is amplifying the light by supporting Angel Studios and The Chosen!”

The two-part theatrical release of the third season of “The Chosen” is scheduled to run for 12 days in cinemas in the United States. The TV series has been viewed nearly half a billion times through its app.

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Series creator and director Dallas Jenkins recently appeared on Baptist Press This Week to discuss the show’s success and how his team is using the typeface in their creative process.

Dallas Jenkins, creator of The Chosen, is interviewed by Baptist Press. (Photo courtesy of Baptist Press)

Jenkins told Baptist Press that gaining recognition and success for the show was never his motivation.

“I’m just trying to make sure I’m pleasing to God and honoring the character and purposes of Jesus and the gospels. I think we did that with season three, so the results are out of my hands now and that’s fine,” he said.

The show has been the subject of some controversy, with some viewers interpreting certain content on the show as unnecessary or extra-biblical.

Jenkins said he truly believes the Bible is God’s Word and that this show is simply an addendum to the Unchanging Scriptures.

“I am a Baptist myself. I love the Word and was brought up that God’s Word is infallible and the foundation of our lives,” Jenkins said.

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“I think so, but what is very important: the Bible is the Bible. The elect is not the Bible. Your Bible hasn’t changed since The Chosen came out. So when people raise concerns about adding to the Scriptures, the first thing I say is, “No, I’m not adding to the Scriptures because we are not Scriptures.” The Bible is God’s Word and that is immutable. So no matter what we do on this TV show, it shouldn’t affect anything with the writing or your relationship with it,” he said.

Jenkins understands that pastors have concerns about the show from time to time.

“I can’t promise any pastor that there will never be anything else on the show that they would do. What I can tell you is that I come from a conservative theological background and I believe the Bible is God’s Word… What we invariably hear is people saying, “I’m reading the Bible more than ever because of ‘The chosen ones’. My prayer life and Bible reading have been enriched by my experience with The Chosen.’ The chosen one is an addition to God’s Word, not the other way around. May God close us if The Chosen ever becomes a substitute for Scripture.”

Jenkins finally said he was just trying to make a quality Christian television program and that he hoped the show could serve as a useful tool for those in the ministry to point people to Jesus.

“We’re trying to do the best show we can. We try to honor God and the character and purposes of Jesus and the Gospels. Well I think if we do that and if the story is authentic then it can be fun. And it was in droves of people who believe and people who don’t,” he said.

EDITOR’S NOTE – Written by The Alabama Baptist with reports of this story written by Timothy Cockes and originally published by Baptist Press, the news service of the Southern Baptist Convention.

A scene from Season 3