“After Death”, a faith-based film that explores the extensive evidence for life after death, closed out the weekend with $5 million in box office ticket sales finishing in fourth place.
As Charisma News reported, the gripping feature film, which premiered on Oct. 27 in 2,700 theaters, explores the afterlife based on real near-death experiences, conveyed by scientists, researchers and survivors, according to the movie’s website.
It finished fourth behind Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour,” “Five Nights at Freddy’s” and “Killers of the Flower Moon” and is the second highest-grossing documentary, this year. Film critics attribute its success, in part, to the documentary being featured in a large number of theaters, HiT reports.
“Regardless of where you land on the issue, listening to the stories related in ‘After Death’ is consistently captivating. Your opinion on the concept of an afterlife will be challenged and brought into greater focus,” wrote AisleSeat.com critic Mike McGranagham.
Moviegoers have commented online sharing how the film has impacted them.
One woman wrote on the “After Death Movie” Facebook page that the film helped her to forgive her father.
“The story of the man that hated his dad on after [death] …changed me …I hated my dad so much, [I] could not forgive him for the evil things he did to my mom …I never wanted to forgive him …but God made me realize my dad was a sick man…I’m glad my hate for him is over…it takes a lot of energy to hate for 71 years,” she wrote.
A cancer survivor also commented on the film noting that the movie “gives people hope that they will be reunited with loved ones.”
Jordan Harmon, the co-founder of Angel Studios, and the film’s producer Jason Pamer hosted a livestream panel discussion earlier this month with a cardiologist, oncologist, and engineer whose decades of extensive research are featured in the movie.
“It’s not a hallucination, it’s reality,” Dr. Michael Sabom said of the afterlife. “It is entirely possible that the soul can leave the body prior to final physical death…I think the near-death experience is a spiritual experience in the spiritual realm of the soul separating, but not separated entirely from the body.”
Sabom is a cardiologist who wrote “Light and Death: One Doctor’s Fascinating Account of Near-Death Experiences” in 1982, exploring the validity of near-death experiences.
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