Forget buddy flicks, slasher movies and rom-coms.
This year is shaping up to be the year of the faith film, as Hollywood releases a variety of religious-themed movies with hopes of attracting believers and appealing to secular audiences.
“This year, in a sense, is a test of the genre,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak, which measures television and movie viewing statistics. “This year is going to decide, determine, the fate of the faith-based movie. I think it’s the last untapped genre to go mainstream.”