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Sherwood Pictures' film 'Courageous' set for DVD release

The character of Adam Mitchell, played by Alex Kendrick, takes part in a shoot out in a scene in “Courageous.”

The character of Adam Mitchell, played by Alex Kendrick, takes part in a shoot out in a scene in “Courageous.”

ALBANY -- As the fourth film made by the moviemaking arm of Sherwood Baptist Church begins to wind down its theatrical run, officials are looking at the next step for the movie's distribution.

"Courageous," released by Sherwood Pictures on Sept. 30, will be coming out on DVD Jan. 17.

This latest bit of news was released as the box office gross from the film neared the $33.4 million that poured into theaters during the run of "Fireproof," Sherwood's third film, in 2008.

Stephen Kendrick, senior associate pastor at Sherwood and a producer of the film, said the church has received roughly 200-300 emails on a daily basis from people who have been moved by "Courageous."

"We've heard from many men who abandoned their families that have been inspired to go back," Kendrick said. "We've also heard from mothers who have said that their husbands have been good dads, and they are now great dads.

"Others are saying that they are learning to forgive their parents now."

The DVD will be available everywhere DVDs are sold. There is an exclusive collector's edition, containing more than two hours of special features, that will likely be available only at Christian bookstores. The special features on the collector's edition will include a 22-minute "Making of Courageous," a Casting Crowns music video, outtakes and 20 minutes of deleted scenes.

"There was a lot more work put into this than with the previous films," Kendrick said.

Cost of the collectors package is expected to be $25, or $35 for the DVD and Bluray pack. It will be available with subtitles in English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, French, Vietnamese, German and Korean.

The "Fireproof" DVD was released in 75 countries, and officials, including Kendrick, have the same hopes for "Courageous."

"We've gotten emails from various countries talking about 'Fireproof'," he said. "Our hope is that 'Courageous' will do the same if not better (on DVD).

"Fatherhood is a global issue."

Based on the most recent data available from Box Office Mojo, "Courageous" has made $32.4 million in the nearly eight weeks it has been in theaters. On its opening weekend, it made $9.1 million -- thereby obtaining a No. 4 rank while playing in 1,161 theaters.

Its widest release was in 1,214 theaters. As of late Monday, it was playing in 517 theaters and was ranked No. 92 among the top movies for the past 365 days.

Following its September release in Canada and the United States, the film was later released at theaters in Australia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Honduras.

It is expected to open in Mexico on Friday. Over the next four months, it will eventually be shown in Bolivia, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Peru, Columbia and Venezuela.


whattheheck 4 years ago

Sherwood is doing so well with the movies that soon they won't have to be a church anymore.


supersquawker 4 years ago

Glory to God!! The Day Care can now re-open!! Praise God for His generous provision of the funds to keep the Ministry going!!


supersquawker 4 years ago

Movie box office, books, spin-off books, DVD sales, screening proceeds, study guides....all provide millions of dollars of income to the Sherwood church and its executive producers, actors, authors, screenwriters, soundtrack writers and producers. Where is this money going? Who is personally benefitting? Is there a full and complete and transparent accounting for where these millions of dollars are going? If I were a Sherwood member I would want to see a full disclosure of Source and User of Funds. Even if such an accounting is "not required", it is reasonable to expect that an honest and transparent summary should be provided to all church members. If there's nothing to hide, then this same summary should be provided to The Albany Herald. If there's nothing to hide.


Sixty 4 years ago

You are cracking me up super. You are so worried about the funding of the money of these businesses. Why do you care????? Why is it your business???? Do you pay tithes (did not ask if you are a member or attend SBC) to sherwood?? Get a life buddy. The daycare is closed and it was a great business decision. You are sounding like one of the people you bash on here. It sounds like you want SBC to keep the daycare open so you can get a free handout. Get a life bro.


supersquawker 4 years ago

OK if you are telling me that all tithing Sherwood members (less than 5% of the membership) have the Source and Use of Funds summary then I will never say another word about it. But of course they don't.


ittybittyme 4 years ago

Interesting how we never hear what Sherwood does with all the money made from these movies. I never hear of that church helping the homeless,etc., Since Sherwood used our community to make these movies..don't we derserve to know what happens to all that money...or is it okay to just use the people and the community to make millions??!!


supersquawker 4 years ago

NO the church who LOVES SOUTHWEST GEORGIA doesn't think it's any of our business what they do with their millions and into whose pockets and bank accounts it ends up. That just tells me one thing: Something to Hide.


soulpatch70 3 years, 10 months ago

@ittybittyme and @supersquawker - ..Matthew 6.
1“Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. 2When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. 3But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. 4Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

Could be that they aren't interested in having you or me know where God is telling them to give their millions. Could be they are spending it in ways that you or I don't approve. Note of that is important. What is important is that they are doing what they feel God has asked them to do, as imperfect as they are, and as imperfect as you and I are as well.

All of our comments paint a picture of who we are. Do we try to knock down others because of their success? Not how I want to be known.

So - great job Sherwood. You keep doing what God tells you to do.


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