Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.
) has acquired the digital distribution rights of this year's
God's Not Dead
. The company's agreement with Pure Flix Entertainment, maker of
this evangelist drama, hands it the right to distribute the movie
through EST (electronic sell through), VOD (video on demand), SVOD
(subscription video on demand) Pay-Per-View and television across
The movie will be available simultaneously on Digital HD, VOD and
Pay-Per-View along with its Blu-ray and DVD release on Aug 5, 2014.
God's Not Dead
, which stars Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper and Dean Cain, deals with
the ideological differences between a student and his atheist
professor over the existence of God. The religious drama was a
surprise spring hit raking in $60 million at the domestic box
With an ever increasing faith-based community on social and other
popular media, religious movies offer lucrative business
opportunities. Lions Gate, with its expertise in the digital
distribution field and strong presence in the faith-based market,
stands to gain substantially by acquiring the home distribution
Religious theme has made a terrific comeback this year with
Son of God,
Heaven is For Real
. Other highly anticipated movies of this genre include
scheduled for release on Jul 18. There is also
Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc
Exodus: Gods and Kings
(Dec 12) starring Christian Bale as Moses. Aptly, 2014 is often
touted as "the year of the Bible" in Hollywood.
Lions Gate also has the distribution rights for
Mary Mother of Christ
. It is a prequel to the controversial 2004 blockbuster
Passion of the Christ
. This highly anticipated film will hit theaters in Apr 2015.
Lions Gate is fast emerging as a leading player in the media
industry which boasts of stalwarts like
The Walt Disney Co.
). With franchises like
The Hunger Games
and the recently released first installment of
the studio has tasted tremendous success. Lions Gate acquired
Summit Entertainment in 2012 that has given it rights for the
hugely popular young-adult fantasy themed
The studio is grabbing every possible opportunity to expand its
presence and soon might become a recognizable power within the
Currently, Lions Gate is a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock.
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