- - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

1. “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” $745,013,158, Walden Media.

This Oscar-winning C.S. Lewis adaptation stars Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy and Liam Neeson. Four young siblings travel through a wardrobe to a land called Narnia and discover they have a destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion. (2005)

2. “The Passion of the Christ,” $611,899,420, Icon Productions.

Directed by Mel Gibson and starring Jim Caviezel, this biblical epic depicts Jesus of Nazareth’s final 12 hours of life, including his crucifixion in Jerusalem. (2004)

3. “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” $419,665,568, Walden Media.

This Oscar-winning C.S. Lewis adaptation stars Ben Barnes, Georgie Henley, William Moseley and Peter Dinklage. It tells the story of the Pevensie siblings who return to Narnia and are enlisted again to defeat an evil king and restore the rightful heir, Prince Caspian, to the throne.(2008)

4. “The Chronicles of the Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” $415,686,950, Walden Media.

This Oscar-winning C.S. Lewis adaptation stars Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes and Georgie Henley. This time, Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace. After joining Prince Caspian aboard the royal ship, the Dawn Treader, they face adventures with dragons, dwarves, merfolk and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world. (2010)

5. “Noah,” $362,637,429, Paramount Pictures.

Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Watson, the film follows Noah and his family as they build a mighty ark and prepare to survive an apocalyptic flood sent by God to cleanse the evil world. (2014)

5. “Hacksaw Ridge,” $175,302,354, Summit Entertainment.

Based on a true story from World War II, the Mel Gibson-directed film is about an American pacifist combat medic, Desmond Doss, who refused to carry or use any weapons and became the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor. (2016)

6. “Heaven is for Real,” $101,332,962, TriStar Pictures.

This film, starring Greg Kinnear and Connor Corum, earned an impressive amount at the box office considering the movie’s budget was $12 million. It tells the story of a small-town father who searches for the courage and conviction to share his son’s life-changing testimony with the world. (2014)

7. “The Shack,” $96,935,466, Summit Entertainment.

Based on the book with the same title, “The Shack” stars Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer and tells the story of a heartbroken man who receives a mysterious invitation to go to a desolate cabin to meet God. (2017)

8. “Miracles from Heaven,” $73,883,359, Columbia Pictures.

This film, starring Jennifer Garner, is based on the true story of a young girl who had a near-death experience and was later cured of an incurable disease. (2016)

9. “Son of God,” $67,800,064, 20th Century Fox.

Producer Mark Burnett helped shepherd this story of Jesus that covers his life from birth in a manger, his ministry, and his crucifixion and resurrection. (2014)

10. “War Room,” $67,790,117, TriStar Pictures.

Released to 1,945 theaters, the film follows a married couple who seem to have it all — great jobs, a beautiful daughter, a dream home. In reality, their marriage has become a war zone and their daughter is collateral damage. With guidance from Miss Clara, an older, wiser woman, wife Elizabeth discovers she can start fighting for her family instead of against them. The power of prayer and Elizabeth’s newly energized faith transform her life. (2015).

11. “God’s Not Dead,” $62,630,732, Pure Flix Entertainment. College student Josh, who believes God exists, challenges his philosophy professor. Based on its success, Pure Flix released a sequel and has a third coming soon. (2014)

12. “Soul Surfer,” $47,088,990, TriStar Pictures/Film District.

AnnaSophia Robb stars as Bethany Hamilton, the professional surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack. The film also features Dennis Quaid and country singer Carrie Underwood. (2011)

13. “The Nativity Story,” $46,432,264, New Line Cinema.

The biblical epic stars Keisha Castle-Hughes and Shohreh Aghdashloo in a drama about Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. (2006)

14. “Risen,” $46,069,568, Sony.

Joseph Fiennes stars as the Roman tribune Clavius who experiences a life change after being ordered to find the missing body of Jesus Christ, who was said to have risen from the dead. (2016)

15. “Courageous,” $34,522,221, TriStar Pictures.

The independent film, which received mixed reviews but an A+ from filmgoers on CinemaScore, stars Alex Kendrick, Ken Bevel and Kevin Downes. Four police officers struggle with their faith and their families after tragedy strikes; together, they make a decision that can change all their lives. (2011)

Source for data: IMDb.com

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