‘I Can Only Imagine’ movie wins big at box office; debuts at No.3

The faith-based film exceeded expectations with strong open

Great news for faith-based films! “I Can Only Imagine,” based on the story behind the 2001 single written by Bart Millard of Mercy Me came on strong at the domestic box office during its opening weekend, bringing in $17.1 million and earning the movie a spot at No.3.

“I Can Only  Imagine is the best-selling Christian single of all time, selling 2.5 million copies, and is the only song in the genre to go double platinum. The song also crossed over to country and pop radio, reaching No. 5 on Billboard’s adult contemporary chart and No. 33 on the mainstream top 40.

I Can Only Imagine movieThe movie tells the story of Bart Millard, and how he created “I Can Only Imagine,” the best-selling Christian single of all time. It chronicles the unexpected journey of his life and the divine inspiration behind the mega-hit song, delivering a message of hope to those who seek reassurance in the face of despair.

J. Michael Finley stars as Millard with Dennis Quaid as his father in the film.  Speaker, NYT bestselling author, Priscilla Shirer plays Bart Millard’s music teacher “Mrs. Fincher” and the one person who discovers and encourages his hidden musical talents. The film’s from directors, Andrew Erwin and Jon Erwin, are well known for making their mark with 2015’s “Woodlawn” and 2014 “Mom’s Night Out.”

Sarah Hearn
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Sarah Hearn is Editor-in-Chief of, founded in 2011. The site was recently named among Feedspot's Top Gospel and Christian Music Websites.  Sarah is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Gospel Music Association.

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