This movie has hit a chord with Americans that many of the more "artistic" butcheries of the Christian faith have not. My only regret after seeing it was the knowledge that most people will look at it and say "that man was a kind of good prophet. That was mean of them to kill him," while not realizing that is the way to heaven.
When the movie began, there was a note that a portion of the proceeds would go to "inter-faith relations". No matter how much you may not like this, all the major western religions are exclusory. Namely, Judaism, Islam and Christianity. The Koran noted this. The Bible noted this. In both cases believing in that religion is the only way to paradise. I just thought I'd throw that in for the many who believe otherwise.
One thing that has become remarkably clear through this movie is how out of touch Hollywood moguls are. The movie was to be produced for $25 million and they didn't want in on the deal, after all, what Christian movie could make very much money? They didn't think it would be worth their investment. It has made 230 million so far, according to Box Office Mojo. The studio that produces the movie generally makes 55% of the gross; the rest goes to the theaters. The movie will continue to make money and will probably make a good deal from DVD sales. This will almost certainly continue the trend of commercial Christianity. Is this a good trend? I think so. It's just another way of Christians asserting themselves in a market that is increasingly secular. Isn't that one of the tenets of democracy? Allowing a vocal minority to have their voice heard by showing their buying power.