Documentary about ‘Angel of Light’ becomes US box office hit with highest audience per screen average
A Polish documentary about Saint Michael the Archangel has become a surprise box office hit in the US with its premiere seeing it become the third highest grossing film in one day.
Directed by Wincenty Podobiński, ‘Saint Michael: Meet the Angel’ premiered on the 29th September, where it took 644,000 dollars, according to Box Office Mojo.
It was only overtaken by ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ and ‘The Woman King’.
Described as ‘an inspiring documentary…that will bring everyone closer to the extraordinary figure of Archangel Michael, a friend, and warrior for today’, the film explores how St. Michael and other angels continue to have roles in modern-day life.
Told through interviews with writers, the faithful and members of the clergy, the heart of the film explores breathtaking architecture around the world dedicated to St. Michael, including shrines in Rome, Monte Sant`Angelo and Santa Maria La Nova in Italy.
Others include Mont Saint Michele in France and Jasna Góra in Poland.
According to the scriptures, St. Michael is God’s greatest angel, a spiritual warrior in the battle of good against evil.
He is considered a champion of justice, a healer of the sick, and the guardian of the Church.
In art Saint Michael is depicted with a sword, a banner, or scales, and is often shown vanquishing Satan in the form of a dragon.
Screened in 811 cinemas around the US in both English and Spanish, the film had an even slightly greater distribution than 2019’s successful US distribution of the Polish film ‘Faustina: Love and Mercy’ about the Catholic Sister Faustyna Kowalska which was screened in 810 cinemas.
St. Michael: Meet the Angel is the first in a new series from Fathom Events called “The Saints Series.”
According to the Fathom Events website, the series “is a chance for everyone to be inspired by ordinary people who have done extraordinary things by following God’s call.”
Two other screening dates are planned for the film in the US - on 12 October 2022 (in Spanish) and on 13 October 2022 (in English).