ALBANY, Ga. (BP)--Heading into its eighth weekend, "Fireproof," the latest film from the moviemakers at Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga., has grossed more than $28 million.
The church, though, has not made anywhere close to that amount.
"We never went into this -- from even the beginning -- to make money.... We're making the movies for ministry."
-- Sherwood Baptist's Jim McBride
As is the case with Hollywood movies, the total gross from Fireproof is split numerous ways, beginning with the theater owners, who will have kept roughly half of the total gross once Fireproof leaves theaters, officials with the movie say. After that, each of the various partners who advertised, promoted and distributed the film -- Sony Pictures, Goldwyn Films, Provident Films and Carmel Entertainment –- get a cut. The church then gets its cut.
Jim McBride, an executive producer for the movie and executive pastor at Sherwood Baptist, said the church has a policy not to discuss publicly what it makes from its films or DVD sales, although he did say it's a "far cry" from what it has grossed at the box office. But all of the church's proceeds, he said, have gone to the church's "Generations" campaign -- a fundraising campaign to pay for a new $5 million sanctuary and to build an 82-acre, $4 million sports park. The sanctuary has been completed for several years, while construction on the sports park -- which will be open to all the city's residents and will be used for outreach -- began in 2004.
"We commonly say at the church that with one of these movies we've felt like the little boy with five loaves and two fish who gave what little he had to Jesus and stood back in awe at what God did," McBride told Baptist Press. Read More