“Chronicles of Narnia”: The CGI-filled fantasy franchise and religious allegory took in nearly $1.6 billion over three films.
“Passion of the Christ”: Mel Gibson’s controversial Jesus biopic took in $611 million worldwide.
“Heaven is for Real”: One of several surprise hits this year, the adaptation of the best-selling book has made $77 million.
“Son of God”: A re-working of the hit History Channel mini-series “The Bible,” this Burnett-Downey production has earned $59 million
“God’s Not Dead”: The little movie that takes on academic atheists has made $57 million this year, a major surprise to all.
“Soul Surfer”: The inspirational tale of surfer Bethany Hamilton’s faith-driven comeback from a shark bite made $43 million in 2011.
“The Nativity Story”: Future “Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke helmed this version of Jesus’ birth, which made $46 million worldwide in 2006.
“Courageous”: Prolific Christian filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick made a movie about police officers who have to rediscover their faith in order to save their fracturing families. It earned $34 million.
“Fireproof”: Another Kendrick production, this one starred Kirk Cameron as a firefighter and also made $34 million.
“One Night with the King”: Peter O’Toole starred in this tanker, which made $13 million on a $20 million budget.
“The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything”: There are few titles that are less enticing — this promises no action — but the religious VeggieTales brand helped this cartoon to a $13 million haul.