This Week’s Second-Biggest, Per-Screen, New Release


CULVER CITY, Calif. — May 13, 2014 — MOMS’ NIGHT OUT, the Sarah Drew/Sean Astin/Patricia Heaton/Trace Adkins team-up, was this week’s second-biggest, per-screen, new release at the box office. For Mother’s Day 2014—for maybe first time ever—the hot gift was . . . a movie ticket. Starting the Friday before Mother’s Day, families filled theaters for MOMS’ NIGHT OUT, a wholesome PG standout in a field of the summer’s 15 R-rated comedies, and crowds rose higher on word of mouth.

Exit polls echo the audience reactions: 82 percent of moviegoers (the average is 60 percent) say, yes, they’d definitely recommend MOMS’ NIGHT OUT. A million-plus people, meanwhile, are talking about it on Facebook.  Among females aged 35-49, MOMS’ NIGHT OUT received an A- CinemaScore.

“Hollywood is overdue to make movies on a double bottom line,” co-writer and director Jon Erwin said.  “While MOMS’ NIGHT OUT entertains entire families, it’s proving that content can build up families and come out financially profitable.”

Michael Medved, nationally syndicated radio host and movie reviewer echoes the enthusiasm. “MOMS’ NIGHT OUT is funny, frisky, fast-moving and filled with first-class performances,” he said. “It’s also a surprisingly wise and moving film about the joys and nightmares of parenthood.”

Tara McNamara of called “MOMS’ NIGHT OUT “a movie unicorn—something we hope exists, and yet finding one is very, very rare. Most grown women become moms,” she wrote, “so how can it be that Moms’ Night Out—a comedy about the lives of good moms—is one of a kind?”

Starring Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy), Sean Astin (THE LORD OF THE RINGS), two-time Emmy® winner Patricia Heaton (The Middle, Everybody Loves Raymond), and country music superstar Trace Adkins (LINCOLN LAWYER), Rotten Tomatoes moviegoers gave MOMS’ NIGHT OUT 86 percent positive response.

MOMS’ NIGHT OUT is directed by The Erwin Brothers, and produced by Kevin Downes in association with Four Boys Films and Pure Flix Entertainment.  MOMS’ NIGHT OUT also features David Hunt (24), Andrea Logan White (REVELATION ROAD), Robert Amaya (COURAGEOUS), Abbie Cobb (NCIS: LA), Harry Shum, Jr. (Glee), Kevin Downes (COURAGEOUS) and Alex Kendrick (COURAGEOUS).

Written by Andrea Nasfell and Jon Erwin, MOMS’ NIGHT OUT was filmed in Birmingham, Ala., and is being distributed by TriStar Pictures, AFFIRM Films, and Provident Films.  MOMS’ NIGHT OUT is rated PG for mild thematic elements and some action.

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About TriStar Pictures
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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.

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 served for more than three decades, worldwide, as a leader in inspiring entertainment.

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