I CAN ONLY IMAGINE movie sells out First weekend

Conservative Christian Center highly recommends movie based on the best selling Christian song

Theater goers are turning the Christian-themed movie “I Can Only Imagine” into a box office hit this first weekend with York County area theaters reporting sellouts on its first Saturday night showing according to our sources, including members of Conservative Christian Center who were turned away and had to go back for a later showing at 10 PM at the Regal West Manchester Stadium 13 in West Manchester (western part of York County), Pennsylvania.

Strongly recommended by Conservative Christian Center (CCC), Roadside Attractions-Lionsgate’s “I Can Only Imagine” is based on the biggest-selling Christian song of all time, and now appears poised to g over over $15 million in ticket sales this weekend showing at 1,629 locations, far beyond the original predictions of $2 to $8 million.  Social media reports indicate other sell-out crowds at movie theaters around the country so the new $15 million estimate may yet be exceeded.

I Can Only Imagine” tells the story behind the hit song of the same name and of Bart Millard, the leader of Christian rock group MercyMe. J. Michael Finley stars as Millard and Dennis Quaid plays his father in the film from directors Andrew Erwin and Jon Erwin, who helmed 2015’s “Woodlawn” and 2014 “Mom’s Night Out.” (full story HERE).

County music superstar Trace Adkins also stars in the movie about the inspiring song by MercyMe.

It’s the song that brings ultimate hope to so many … often in the midst of life’s most challenging moments. Amazingly, the song was written in mere minutes by MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard. In reality, those lyrics took a lifetime to craft.

Although he found faith at a young age, life wasn’t easy for Bart. He leaned into an active imagination and his love of music as escapes from a troubled home life. As he grew older, Bart turned to football in hopes of somehow connecting with his abusive father. But a career-ending injury—combined with the vision of a teacher who saw unlimited potential—set Bart on a musical pathway.

Chasing a dream while running from broken relationships with his father and Shannon, his childhood sweetheart, Bart hits the road in an old, decrepit tour bus with his new band MercyMe—named for his grandmother’s favorite expression. With the guidance of a grizzled music-industry insider, the band begins a journey none of them could ever have imagined.

Directed by the Erwin Brothers (October Baby, Moms’ Night Out, and Woodlawn), I CAN ONLY IMAGINEstars J. Michael Finley, Madeline Carroll, Trace Adkins, Priscilla Shirer, with Cloris Leachman and Dennis Quaid.

A gripping reminder of the power of forgiveness, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE beautifully illustrates that no one is ever too far from God’s love—or from an eternal home in Heaven.

Surrounded by Your glory
What will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus
Or in awe of You be still
Will I stand in your presence
Or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah
Will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine
I can only imagine

(from the official movie website HERE).

In the south-central PA area, I Can Only Imagine is playing at these theaters (watch for more to be added next weekend):

Regal West Manchester Stadium 13
Frank Theatres, Queensgate Stadium 13
R/C Hanover Movies 16
AMC Camp Hill 12
Regal Manor Stadium 16
Regal Harrisburg Stadium 14
Penn Cinema

We highly recommend the movie – write York@ConservativeChristianCenter.org if you want to link up to watch the movie at 10 PM tonight or if you wish to extend your financial support to CCC in promoting such movies – including home movies at selected, private residences (want to volunteer for a showing, write to us).

The CCC south central PA coordinator is Ross Cleveland, with Emy Delgaudio as the CCC York County Coordinator serving with a local board which includes Monica Seitz and Robert Cosgrove.  CCC is especially looking for volunteers to help in its future projects which includes promotion of local “National Day of Prayer” functions under the leadership of its advisor and chaplain, Dr. Ken Gibson and two “Candidates Forums” sanctioned by CCC in Cumberland and York County.  CCC is also associated with York County ACTION, now an e-newsletter.

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