- The Washington Times - Friday, July 29, 2016

Barring a miracle, this summer’s release “Ben-Hur” may well end up a box-office bomb, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

While the movie won’t hit the silver screen for a few more weeks, “[E]arly tracking suggests Ben-Hur will open in the $14 million to $15 million range over the Aug. 19-21 weekend,” the entertainment-news site said on Thursday, adding that the film’s budget was a little shy of $100 million.

The movie, which is said to hew more closely to author Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ,” than the 1959 Charleton Heston epic, is being marketed heavily to Christian moviegoers, according to the Reporter, which quoted executive producer Mark Burnett hailing the picture as a “story of forgiveness with an underlying story of Jesus.”

Ironically, the most recognizable name on the marquee for “Ben-Hur,” Morgan Freeman, is in real life an atheist

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