New film depicting 3 ‘Witnesses’ of the Book of Mormon opens with solid first weekend

In a scene from “Witnesses,” members of a mob with torches threaten one of the Book of Mormon’s three witnesses. The film opened on June 4, 2021. | Purdie Distribution

“Witnesses,” a locally produced faith-based film, opened last weekend with a strong debut.

The church history movie landed at No. 11 on a national list of films for the weekend of June 4-6, earning more than $126,000, according to

The positive launch places “Witnesses” in company with other Latter-day Saint films such as “The Other Side of Heaven” (2001), “The Saratov Approach” (2013) and “Meet the Mormons” (2014), all of which gained national attention when released.

Those involved with the film were thrilled with the opening weekend results.

Director Mark Goodman said there were times during the COVID-19 pandemic when he wasn’t sure if the film would come together, but the results show the effort was worth it.

“It is extremely gratifying to see the audience response, and the audience is the true test of a film,” he said. “‘Witnesses’ is a compelling story of human

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