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Summarized by Kent Larsen

LDS Film God's Army Reports Strong Local Box Office Revenue
Deseret News 10Mar00 A4
By Jeff Vice: Deseret News movie critic

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- According to Salt Lake Area Box Office Statistics provided by ACNielsen EDI, Inc., the LDS film God's Army is currently #2 and rising in the region. The film is just slightly behind the nationally released film "Mission to Mars," and is expected to take over the #1 slot by the end of the week. "God's Army" is a film by LDS director Richard Dutcher is about LDS missionaries serving in the Los Angeles area.

The ACNielsen EDI report includes just the film's opening weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) on 12 screens in the Salt Lake area. On those screens, the film grossed more than $7,000 per screen, close behind "Mission to Mars," which grossed about $7,500 per screen nationally. A typical per-screen weekend take for a top-10 film is about $5,000.

The film also received a strong review from the Deseret News' film critic Jeff Vice. Vice says that Dutcher has accomplished a "cinematic tightrope act," treating its subject matter accurately while managing to avoid giving offense to its LDS audience. Vice admits that the film has "a few wobbles along the way," but says that "this independently produced drama is nothing short of a triumph."

See also:

Likable 'God's Army' only wobbles a little bit
Deseret News 10Mar00 A4
By Jeff Vice: Deseret News movie critic
The performances boost drama about LDS missionaries


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