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Hillsong movie fails to crack top 10 in US

AAP logoAAP 20/09/2016 Danielle McGrane

A movie following the Hillsong Church's band has opened in the US pulling in more than $US1.3 million ($A1.73 million) at the US box office.

The documentary Hillsong: Let Hope Rise, follows the Australian pentecostal church's band, Hillsong United in the run up to a concert in 2014.

The film was directed by Michael John Warren who also made the Jay Z documentary Fade To Black and last year's Nicki Minaj: My Time Again

The church group has come to dominate the album charts, including a memorable upset in 2015 when the group's album Empires beat Daniel Johns' highly-anticipated debut solo album Talk to the top spot of the ARIA album charts.

The group has also sold more than 16 million albums.

The Australian church boasts several celebrity members in the US including singer Justin Bieber and model Hailey Baldwin.

Despite the church's celebrity endorsement, the film opened in the 13th spot on the box office charts according to Box Office Mojo.

With reported takings of $US1,357,243, the film was far behind the Tom Hanks' film starring Sully which made $US21,653,017 and stayed at the top spot in the US for the second week in a row.

*Hillsong: Let Hope Rise opens in Australian cinemas on October 6.

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