Lionsgate’s The Shack, a faith-based movie  and book scored big this past week.

The film based on the best-selling novel of the same name about a father’s transformative spiritual journey played in roughly 2,800 theaters and  projected its first weekend estimate of between $14.5 and $16 million. That places it in great company with the likes of ‘War Room‘ ,’Fireproof and ‘Courageous.

This week the number one spot on The New York Times, USA Today, and ECPA bestseller lists was the book. A bonafide publishing phenomenon, Young’s debut novel has now topped 20 million copies sold, spent more than 50 weeks atop bestseller lists, and has been translated into thirty-four languages.

“We are thrilled that the story of THE SHACK has resonated with so many millions of readers and is now also inspiring movie-goers across the country,” Said Rolf Zettersten, Sr. Vice President and Publisher of FaithWords. “The ripple effect surrounding this incredible story and the impact of its message seem to know no bounds, and we are proud to have played a role in that success.”

Originally written by an Oregon salesman as a story for his children, THE SHACK became a runaway bestseller. It is the story of a man whose young daughter is abducted during a family vacation, and who four years later receives a note, apparently from God, inviting him back to the shack where his daughter’s blood had been discovered, The Shack reveals provocative and poignant views of God and his relationship to humanity.

Hachette Book Group and Windblown Media announced in May 2008 a co-publishing venture to bring the phenomenal bestseller to a global readership. Hachette Book Group has since assumed responsibilities for sales, marketing, distribution, licensing, and manufacturing.

A major motion picture based on THE SHACK released on March 3, 2017 by Lionsgate Films and debuted in the third spot at the box office. In it Octavia Spencer stars in the role of “Papa,” and is joined by actors Sam Worthington and Radha Mitchell in leading roles.

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