“The Drop Box” started its three-day limited run last night showing to capacity crowds and exceeding all expectations. We are humbled by this response and overwhelmed by God’s graciousness.
All in all, the film debuted in 727 theaters across all 50 states. More than 100,000 tickets have already been sold. The response was so great many people were shut out of the film last night, so I encourage you to reserve your spot for tonight and tomorrow before more showings sell out!
Not only did this movie about a South Korean pastor saving “unwanted” babies do great at the box office, #TheDropBox hashtag lit up social media as well. Moviegoers called the film “incredible,” “inspiring” and “beautiful.” On Twitter, one viewer said it was “a moving tale of a man who defines heroism caring for those who define true beauty.”
One of my favorite comments came from Stefani, a Virginia mom. She shared that “The Drop Box” is, “an amazing film … you CANNOT walk away the same way you went in!”
Overall, #TheDropBox hashtag reached more than 3.4 million users yesterday alone. On Facebook, posts about the movie reached at least another 2.6 million and had more than 75,000 likes, comments and shares.
It’s exciting to see how this outpouring of support translates into practical help for children in need. A portion of the film’s proceeds will go to support Pastor Lee’s ministry. In addition, moviegoers who want to help orphans in both the U.S. and globally are encouraged to contribute to the Global Orphan Care Fund. Half of those proceeds will support Pastor Lee’s work in South Korea, with the other half going to Focus on the Family’s Wait No More program.
In a very real way, this movie is helping to save and transform lives of vulnerable children in need. It’s an honor to be a part of something God is using so powerfully.
By the way, audiences aren’t the only ones impressed by “The Drop Box”; critics’ reviews have also been very favorable. The Washington Times shared the film’s goal of raising awareness of orphans; World Magazine called it an “incredible” documentary that centers on “one father’s unconditional love.” Religion News Service wrote it is a “stunning and moving documentary” that’s “imaginative in its storytelling.” Christianity Today said the film was a “triumphant story” of one man’s selfless sacrifice.
Did you see it? If you did, please let me know what you thought. And if you didn’t, there’s still time!
“The Drop Box” will run tonight and tomorrow. To buy individual or group tickets, visit www.thedropboxfilm.com.