The premiere of The Chosen’s third season soared to the No. 3 spot over this past weekend.
The Chosen, a streaming series based on the life of Jesus, attracted a historic number of fans to watch the first two episodes of Season Three and grossed $8.7 million domestically.
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The crowdfunded series is created, co-written, and directed by Dallas Jenkins and distributed by Angel Studios.
“We’re seeing that the same audiences who have helped us break streaming records can have similar impact at the box office,” Angel Studio CEO Neal Harmon said in a statement to the Washington Examiner.
The streaming series bucked Hollywood trends when it raised upward of $10.2 million with more than 16,000 investors through crowdfunding in 2018 to fund the production of the original season. The Chosen Season Two was fully crowdfunded by 2020.
Angel Studios is also working to distribute The Wingfeather Saga, an animated TV show based on the bestselling and award-winning fantasy book series by Andrew Peterson. The show has crowdfunded $6.7 million to date, making it the most crowdfunded animated family show. It is set to debut online on Dec. 2.
Last year’s Christmas with The Chosen: The Messengers took the No. 4 box-office spot for its opening weekend.