While God's Not Dead 2 faces less competition than the other films out this spring, thanks in part to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's record-breaking 68% drop from its opening weekend, time will tell if it can rise to the level of the others. At the Christian Box Office, Risen currently sits at #12 and Miracles from Heaven at #9 - all time - but it has already passed The Young Messiah's #30 spot. This year's ensemble film from Pure Flix is at #27 after its first week; by comparison, the original currently sits at #7.
Released in more than 2,300 theaters (or 1,639 more than the original), God's Not Dead 2again uses the popular Christian artist Newsboys and a Duck Dynasty tie-in (Sadie Robertson this time) to shine light on a film intent on inspiring Christians to be bold in their faith. Here, Melissa Joan Hart is the conscientious teacher on trial for using Scripture in her public school history class, and Ray Wise is the ACLU lawyer hellbent on proving that God doesn't really exist.