Opening strong its first weekend, The Shack earned a strong $16.1 million at the box office. The Sam Worthington/Graham Greene/Radha Mitchell drama, also starring Octavia Spencer as God, concerns a grieving father who meets up with the Holy Trinity at the shack where his daughter was murdered.

Although panned by critics, the film drew strong audience reviews which bodes well for its ability to draw additional viewers from strong “word of mouth” recommendations going forward.