5 Most Successful Biblical Movies Ever Made
The Bible has long been a rich source of story ideas for filmmakers, and recently released movies like Son of God and Noah suggest that the biblical epic genre is far from exhausted. There are many reasons why filmmakers continue to make movies based on biblical stories. The Bible’s familiar stories feature larger-than-life characters, plenty of action, and time-tested storylines. However, from the film producer’s perspective, the primary reason why films based on biblical stories continue to be made is that these films are consistently able to make money.
Darren Aronofsky’s interpretation of the biblical story of Noah opened back in March with a respectable $43.7 million domestic take inits opening weekend and reaching over $100 million after week eight, according to Box Office Mojo. Son of God, a biblical drama based on the story of Jesus, pulled in $25.6 million during its opening weekend in February and has grossed $59.7 million so far, per Box Office Mojo’s numbers. However, Aronofsky’s Noah may not be the highest-grossing biblical epic of 2014. Ridley Scott, known for directing blockbusters like Alien and Gladiator, will be releasing his own biblical epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings, in December, according to IMDb. The film tells the biblical story of the Israelites’ exodus out of Egypt and stars Christian Bale as Moses.
With the recent resurgence of big-budget biblical epics, we thought this would be an opportune time to take a look at some of the most successful films in this genre. Here is a list of the top five highest-grossing movies based on biblical stories.