The Young Messiah Makes Strong Debut as #3 New Film in America

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Movie on Young Jesus Christ Earns Rare A- Rating From Filmgoers

The Young Messiah became the 3rd largest new release in both gross and per screen average over the weekend, beating out the highly anticipated new Sacha Baron Cohen film The Brothers Grimsby. It took the #7 spot in the weekend's overall box office tally. The hit film grossed just under $3.3 million in box office earnings for the weekend. Starring Sean Bean and directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh, it also received a rare A- rating from CinemaScore, the industry leader in measuring movie appeal.

"I'm thrilled to know that so many people have responded so enthusiastically to my film," said Nowrasteh on the film's reception. "I'm looking forward to the weeks ahead as word spreads and I'm thankful for all the support we've received so far."

Recent films that have earned an A- include The Big Short and London Has Fallen. Cinemascore provides unbiased measurement of audience response that helps gauge movie appeal and success by polling movie audiences on opening night for their reaction to the latest major movie releases.

The Young Messiah follows Mary (Sara Lazzaro), Joseph (Vincent Walsh) and 7-year-old Jesus (Adam Greaves-Neal) as they embark on a journey from Egypt to Nazareth after the young boy miraculously brings someone back to life. When King Herod (Jonathan Bailey) orders the death of the child, Roman centurion Severus (Sean Bean) starts to pursue the family across the desert. As Mary and Joseph worry about his safety, Jesus' natural curiosity allows him to understand more about the world and his remarkable powers.The film is based on Anne Rice's novel "Christ The Lord: Out of Egypt"

The film trailer and more info and can be found at http://www.theyoungmessiah.com

For More information or to request an interview with the filmmakers, contact Mark Burton at mburton(at)oceanblueentertainment(dot)com

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