Do family-friendly movies do better at the box office? Show Notes

Monday, April 02, 2012 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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What kind of movies tend to be the most successful at the box office?

Well, according to the film reviewing website “MovieGuide”, the films that earn bigger profits tend to be patriotic or reinforce traditional, conservative values. They also don’t ridicule Christians or denigrate Christianity.

Paul Bond of Hollywood Reporter looked at Movieguide’s most recent scorecard and here’s what he found:

In 2011, 91 movies scored high in Movieguide’s “conservative/moral” category. Those films earned an average of $59 million apiece.  On the other hand, 105 movies scored high in their “liberal/leftist category.” Each of those titles earned an average of just $11 million.

Some of the 2011 films Movieguide praised were Thor, The Artist, Soul Surfer, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Battle Los Angeles, Moneyball, We Bought a Zoo and Hugo.

According to Movieguide editor and founder Ted Baehr, "Most moviegoers want good to conquer evil, truth to triumph over falsehood, justice to prevail over injustice and true beauty to overcome ugliness.”

In a day when Christian parents are doing their best to protect their kids from the many dangers and temptations in our culture, it’s great to know that websites like MovieGuide are here to help.

If you’d like to read about the films that MovieGuide rated the most family-friendly in 2011, just go to and click on “Top 10”

I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.

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