Faith on film: ''The Passion of the Christ,'' ''The Chronicles of Narnia'' and ''Evan Almighty'' are just a few films that have hit at the box office

By John Young
Updated May 08, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

$370.3 million
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Explicit violence and charges of anti-Semitism didn’t stop The Passion from becoming America’s biggest R-rated hit.

$291.7 million
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
An allegory for the story of Jesus? One thing’s for sure: Ticket sales were divine.

$217.5 million
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
Scandal sells. A conspiracy theory about Jesus having a wife and child enraged the Catholic Church and sparked fertile box office returns.

$100.5 million
Evan Almighty (2007)
The megabudget comedy targeted Christian audiences and Steve Carell fans, and fell short with both. Box office was a letdown.

$70.1 million
The Golden Compass (2007)
Did it preach atheism? The film underperformed in the U.S., though it earned more than $300 million overseas.

$37.6 million
The Nativity Story (2006)
Sixteen-year-old star Keisha Castle-Hughes announced her own pregnancy two months before the movie opened. It didn’t deliver at the box office.