The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Explicit violence and charges of anti-Semitism didn’t stop The Passion from becoming America’s biggest R-rated hit.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
An allegory for the story of Jesus? One thing’s for sure: Ticket sales were divine.
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
Scandal sells. A conspiracy theory about Jesus having a wife and child enraged the Catholic Church and sparked fertile box office returns.
Evan Almighty (2007)
The megabudget comedy targeted Christian audiences and Steve Carell fans, and fell short with both. Box office was a letdown.
The Golden Compass (2007)
Did it preach atheism? The film underperformed in the U.S., though it earned more than $300 million overseas.
The Nativity Story (2006)
Sixteen-year-old star Keisha Castle-Hughes announced her own pregnancy two months before the movie opened. It didn’t deliver at the box office.