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This weekend marked the opening of the highly anticipated War Room movie. As you might expect from anything so public with such a solid Christian message, the movie has had a bit of a polarizing effect in early reviews.  The movie's Facebook page has over half a million likes, with many rave reviews about not only the message of the movie, but also the entertainment value.  Reviews from outside the faith are not so positive, ranging from pure anti-Christian rhetoric to doubts about the effectiveness of prayer and the reality of spiritual warfare.

The audience for the movie is definitely Christians, which means that if you take a seeker friend, the message likely will not resonate with them (although it might offer a challenge).  This movie is more about Christians relying on God in prayer than it is about trying to convince people that Jesus is the Son of God.  The movie assumes a basic Christian belief system, if not necessarily an active faith.  In fact, one of its most powerful messages is the need for Christians to act out of faith more - starting with prayer.  Nominal Christians and believers who tend to operate out of their own strength rather than leaning on God will find plenty of challenge in this movie, in a format that they might be more open to hearing than a sermon.

This movie stands apart from most Christian movies in its pervasive message about prayer.  Because everyone's experience with prayer is a little different, there are likely to be aspects of the message that ring true and aspects of the message that don't resonate with any individual believer.  But the overall message - that God responds to prayer and that we need to depend on him more - is one we can all applaud.

War Room goes beyond just the movie.  Several resources, including Bible studies, books, and more, have been created to help drive the message of the movie deeper and assist believers in growing their prayer lives.  These can be found on the Resources page of the movie's website, http://www.warroommovie.com/.

Many of us at PrayNetwork are praying and have been praying (some for many years) for a revival in our country and for an increasing dependence on God through prayer in our churches.  War Room may indeed turn out to be a tool that God uses toward those ends.  As the movie would suggest, Let's Pray!

 

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Comment by Pray.Network Coordinator on September 8, 2015 at 3:45pm
'War Room' Wins Weekend Box Office
  
Contact: Paige Collins, 615-934-4162, paige@iconmediagroup.com; Jennifer Willingham, 615-483-4729, jennifer@iconmediagroup.com 

CULVER CITY, Calif., Sept. 8, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Sony Pictures/AFFIRM Films/Provident Film's faith-based family drama WAR ROOM continues to exceed expectations, on pace to take the box office crown in its second weekend.  After opening as the #1 faith based movie of 2015 and the highest in the genre since HEAVEN IS FOR REAL (4/16/14), WAR ROOM had an incredible hold in its second weekend. The film is poised to take in $12.3 million from 1,526 locations for the 4-day holiday weekend, which brings the estimated total cume to $28.663 million.

Word of mouth, media attention, grassroots marketing and social media sharing continued to propel audiences to the theater over the holiday weekend. "Through several key elements including the strategic screen expansion, the targeted chase media campaign and promotions, the growing support from both the core audience as well as key leaders, churches, organizations and ministries in the faith community, we were able to ensure greater awareness of and access to WAR ROOM this past weekend," said Tana Evans, Vice President of Marketing and Distribution for AFFIRM Films. "There is obviously a demand for quality content that resonates with the faith audience.  AFFIRM Films is excited to have partnered with Provident Films and the Kendrick Brothers once again on a film that is affecting the lives of millions of people across the country and the world."

WAR ROOM is the fifth film from Alex and Stephen Kendrick (COURAGEOUS, FIREPROOF, FACING THE GIANTS, FLYWHEEL) and has enjoyed media coverage from outlets such as Associated Press, Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Forbes, USA Today, Entertainment Tonight, CBS, FOX News, and others. 

"This was a huge team effort between AFFIRM, Provident, the Kendricks and hundreds of churches and ministries to share an authentic story of faith that clearly resonated with the audience," said Kris Fuhr, Senior Vice President of Working Title Agency, who co-led the film's marketing on behalf of Provident Films with Tana Evans of AFFIRM.

The micro-budget ($3.5M) PG-rated WAR ROOM has proven to be the perfect programming for families of all ages seeking a wholesome and inspiring film. With an A+ CinemaScore, WAR ROOM is expected to have long legs well into the fall season.

A Kendrick Brothers production, WAR ROOM is distributed by Sony's TriStar Pictures with marketing by Provident Films and AFFIRM Films. A Kendrick Brothers production, WAR ROOM is distributed by Sony's TriStar Pictures with marketing by Provident Films and AFFIRM Films.

To learn more, visit: 

WarRoomTheMovie.com 

Facebook.com/WarRoomMovie 

Media Contact: Paige Collins, 615-934-4162, paige@iconmediagroup.com; Jennifer Willingham, 615-483-4729, jennifer@iconmediagroup.com 

About TriStar Pictures
TriStar Pictures is a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company. SPE is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-­-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to
www.sonypictures.com.

About AFFIRM Films
AFFIRM Films is a division of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA), a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company, dedicated to producing, acquiring and marketing films that inspire, uplift and entertain audiences. 
www.AFFIRMFilms.com 

About Provident Films
Provident Films, a division of Provident Music Group, develops, produces and markets faith-­-based films. Nashville-­-based Provident Music Group, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, has served for more than three decades, worldwide, as a leader in inspiring entertainment. 
www.ProvidentFilms.com 

About Kendrick Brothers Productions
Kendrick Brothers Productions is the company of brothers Alex, Stephen and Shannon Kendrick that exists to honor Jesus Christ and make His truth and love known among the nations through movies, books, curriculum and speaking. By prayerfully blending engaging stories with doctrinal integrity, the Kendricks seek to encourage and inspire viewers and readers with resources that impact their spiritual lives and strengthen their families and personal relationships.
Comment by Lewis Turner on September 7, 2015 at 5:58am

Something interesting about this movie--I just saw a news clip on Yahoo news that the War Room was doing strong in the box office sales this Labor Day weekend.  If you have not seen it--it definitely is worth seeing.

Comment by Lewis Turner on August 30, 2015 at 8:59am

This a movie definitely worth seeing--you will be moved, laugh, cry, learn, and identify--it is definitely worth seeing.

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