Jun 29, 2011 5:25 PM by Gene Cotton

Producers hope faith-based movie surge continues

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Producers of faith-based movies have a message for Hollywood studios: Make the movies and customers will pay to watch them.

The enormous success of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" in 2004 shocked Hollywood when it grossed $611 million worldwide. Despite the huge profit, the production of faith-based movies became stagnant, arguably because of low box office numbers.

Support for such films has picked up in recent years with the success of movies like "Fireproof" in 2008 and now this year's "Jumping the Broom."

Backers of faith-based movies say people are turning out to see films with positive messages that reflect their beliefs and they don't expect the support to wane.



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