(CNS News) – Season three of the Christian television series, The Chosen, played episodes one and two on over 2,000 movie screens during its opening weekend of Nov. 18 – garnering $8.75 million in sales. Due to a high audience demand, the original five-day show run in cinemas has been extended through Dec. 1.
“We have the ability to try new things, such as putting a TV show in theaters, because our fans are so passionate and supportive. Hopefully this causes others to check out Seasons One and Two,” series Creator Dallas Jenkins said in a press release.
Fans of the TV series came in “droves” to show their support, according to the press release. The Chosen was 45% ahead of its last cinema appearance in 2021; the “first three days of Christmas with The Chosen.”
Episodes one and two of season three were also “neck and neck” with the newly released thriller, The Menu, despite its playtime on more than 1,000 fewer screens.
“The success of The Chosen Season 3: Episode 1 & 2 is the perfect example of how innovative the event cinema business has become and how hungry audiences are for faith-based content,” CEO of Fathom Events Ray Nutt said.
With over 420 million episode views worldwide, The Chosen, in its entirety, will be comprised of seven seasons. The series is fan-supported and “creates an authentic and intimate picture of Jesus’ life and ministry, seen through the eyes of the people who knew him.”
Seasons one and two have gained credibility for its “historical and biblical accuracy, playful spirit, stirring drama, genuine humor and disruptive impact.”
While the show has been translated into 62 languages so far, it is perpetually one of the most top-searched shows on streaming platforms, as stated in the press release.