Top 10 Theatrical Release Moves to No. 1 on DVD

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NASHVILLE Jan. 31, 2012 COURAGEOUS, the hit fatherhood film that packed theaters and touched lives across the country last fall, launched retail sales nationwide Jan. 17 and debuted as the top-selling DVD in the country, surpassing major Hollywood hits, including some Oscar® nominees, like THE DESCENDANTS and THE IDES OF MARCH.

A Sherwood Pictures production, the COURAGEOUS DVD is distributed by AFFIRM Films/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in the general market and Provident Distribution in the Christian retail market. COURAGEOUS, the third theatrical and fourth film from Sherwood Pictures, tells the story of four men with one calling: to serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, they are confident and focused, standing up to the worst the streets have to offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them is truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood.

COURAGEOUS opened in theaters at No. 4, landing in the box office top 10 for four weeks, opening on just over 1,100 screens. Like its predecessors, FIREPROOF and FACING THE GIANTS, COURAGEOUS drew a faith and family audience, hungry for this type of content.

“With each film, we’ve been grateful to see audiences and theater counts grow,” said COURAGEOUS director, co-writer and featured actor Alex Kendrick. “It’s been remarkable to witness our church-made films do well head to head with Hollywood movies.  When we heard the COURAGEOUS DVD was No. 1 in the nation, our Sherwood family rejoiced about how many families may be touched and how many dads may find something in the film that helps them be better fathers. That’s our first measure of success.”

COURAGEOUS also is available on Blu-ray in a combo pack with the Exclusive Collector’s Edition DVD at CBA retailers with more than two hours of bonus features.

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About COURAGEOUS and Sherwood Pictures
COURAGEOUS is the fourth film from Sherwood Pictures, a ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church and part of the congregation’s vision to “change the world from Albany, Ga.” Three of Sherwood’s first four films—COURAGEOUS, FIREPROOF and FACING THE GIANTS—opened in the box office top 10.  Brothers—and Sherwood pastors—Alex and Stephen Kendrick co-wrote COURAGEOUS, with Alex directing and acting and Stephen producing. Sherwood Baptist Senior Pastor Michael Catt and Executive Pastor Jim McBride and Terry Hemmings, president and CEO of Provident Music Group, are executive producers.

About AFFIRM Films
AFFIRM Films is a division of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA), a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company, dedicated to producing, acquiring and marketing films that inspire, uplift and entertain audiences. AFFIRMFilms.com

About Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company. Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; worldwide television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in more than 142 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sonypictures.com.

About Provident Films
Provident Films, a division of Provident Music Group, develops, produces and markets faith-based films. Nashville-based Provident Music Group, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, has been one of the world’s leading Christian entertainment companies for more than three decades. ProvidentFilms.org

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