Welcome to the third season of "The Chosen".
The first two episodes of the third season of "The Chosen" hit the big screen on Friday, kicking off a five day theatrical release in more than 2,000 theaters worldwide. The Angel Studios production tells the story of Jesus and his disciples. The first and second seasons of the show first aired in 2019.
It won't be the last time a season of "The Chosen" will premiere in theaters, judging by its performance.
The two episodes made over $3 million on opening day and are on their way to hitting $10 million by the end of the weekend. Warner Brothers' film "Black Adam" and Universal Pictures' film "Ticket to Paradise" sold more tickets on Friday than "She Said," a film about the #MeToo movement.
The CEO of Angel Studios said that "The Chosen" is capturing the imagination of movie goers. On Sunday night, a strong showing is expected that will surpass Friday's box office sales.
The highest crowd-funded entertainment project of all time was the first season of "The Chosen." The first two seasons of the show have gained more than 400 million viewers.
The director and creator of "The Chosen" said in a recent interview that filming season three was the most challenging thing he has done in his career.
The introduction to the first and second episodes of the show showed that it had been a long journey.
After viewing the season's start, the director says the challenge and struggle he faced in filming felt appropriate.
The show dives into the difficult questions the disciples likely wrestled with as they followed Jesus. The show earned five stars for relatability despite the challenges looking different in some instances.
The second season of "The Chosen" ended with Jesus beginning to deliver the Sermon on the Mount as his disciples looked on. The latest season picks up at this same moment, and viewers watch as the words, found in Matthew 7, pierce the hearts of the disciples, addressing their own sins and hurt.
The humanity of the disciples is used as a comic relief and to give viewers the chance to find themselves in the pages of Scripture now brought to life through the show
The human nature of the disciples is emphasized in the third season.
The third season attempts to answer the question, "Why God?"
The apostles are asking a lot of questions. Why are we being taken advantage of? Simon wanted to know why his marriage was still struggling. James, who is handicapped, asked why he is still handicapped.
The disciples are asking questions and Jesus is present with them in their struggle.
It is risky to show the reality of the challenge of following Jesus alongside the joy and love of doing so. In season three, the director asked questions that the cast could not fully answer, except for the word of Christ in Matthew 11, "Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy- laden, and I will give you rest."
The new season of the show was mostly filmed in Texas about 25 miles south of Dallas. Christian television can be just as good, if not better, than Hollywood series like " The Lord of the Rings" because of the talent of the actors.
Fans can watch the first two seasons of the show for free through the app. The first and second episodes of the third season are playing in select theaters.
The quote was added Sunday.
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