Chosen, The: Faith-Based Drama about the Life of Jesus

Crenn (right) on set.

Fathom Events, which is showing the first two episodes of season 3 in more than 2,000 theaters, is projecting a $10 million-plus weekend for a second-place finish after grossing $3.4 million on Friday.

The Chosen is from Angel Studios, which streams the independent show on such platforms as Prime Video and Peacock, as well as on its special app.

The Menu

The Chosen beat new epicurean horror-comedy The Menu, which is opening in 3,211 theaters, the widest release in the history of specialty label Searchlight. The Menu, starring Ralph Fiennes, Anna Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult, should serve up a respectable $9 million debut after grossing roughly $3.6 million on Friday.

In comparison, 65 percent of The Menu’s audience were between ages 17 and 34. The Searchlight film earned a B CinemaScore.

At the specialty box office, Bones and All is opening in five theaters for a projected screen average of nearly $28,000.