ReelWorks Studios announces THE ULTIMATE LIFE earned a reported $659,912.00. The film’s per screen average of $1,602.00 across 412 screens outshines the performance of the original film in the series titled THE ULTIMATE GIFT.

“With a solid opening weekend and high viewer ratings, we believe THE ULTIMATE LIFE will continue the success of the first film in the series, which has continued to do remarkable business worldwide,” said producer Rick Eldridge.

Viewer recommendations in the 70% range on Rotten Tomatoes indicate that the film is resonating with audiences. “With high favorable ratings from viewers, we expect to see word of mouth recommendations draw people to the theater this week.”

Critics are taking notice of the family-friendly movie, including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel which comments, “THE ULTIMATE LIFE finds inspiration in lessons twice learned.” Clash Entertainment writes, “This may be director Michael Landon, Jr.’s best work.” Media personality Dave Ramsey opines, “The movie is an entertaining and powerful example of what it means to pass down a healthy legacy to the next generation.” Plugged In reports THE ULTIMATE LIFE, “poignantly reminds us that our family and our relational legacy are of far greater worth than any worldly goal we might strive to achieve.”

The film features Golden Globe® winner Peter Fonda (Ulee’s Gold), Drew Waters (Friday Night Lights), Logan Bartholomew (Love’s Enduring Promise) and David Mann (Meet The Browns), along with original cast members James Garner, Bill Cobbs, Lee Meriwether and Ali Hillis.

Michael Landon, Jr. (Saving Sarah Cain, Love Comes Softly), directed the shoot in and around the Winston-Salem, NC area. The film was produced by Executive Producer Rick Eldridge (The Ultimate Gift, Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius) and Producer David Kappes (Jaws 3-D). The screenplay was developed by Brian Bird (“Touched By An Angel”), Cheryl McKay (The Ultimate Gift), with Lisa G. Shillingburg.

For a list of markets visit: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment secured home entertainment distribution rights.

About Reelworks Studios
ReelWorks Studios, LLC was founded in August 2009 by entertainment entrepreneurs, Rick Eldridge and Christopher Cates with the objective of producing media with a message that entertains, educates and edifies. Rick Eldridge has been in the entertainment business for over 30 years as a producer, director, musician, and creative visionary. Mr. Cates brings an equal amount of tenure in the industry as a producer and production and post production manager for both television and film. Collectively Mr. Eldridge and Mr. Cates have lent their expertise to projects for notable media companies including, Universal, Disney, Fox, MGM, Discovery, BET, PBS, Fox Sports, ABC, NBC and ESPN. While Mr. Eldridge and Cates both have long and varied credits, recent collaborations between them have yielded projects such as Bobby Jones – Stroke of Genius, The Ultimate Gift, Max Lucado’s Hermie and Friends,” etc. ReelWorks also manages post production and sound stages in Charlotte and handles production services for TV and film projects such as the “Homeland” TV series and The Shunning and The Confession movies. Currently ReelWorks is managing production services for the Hallmark TV movie Shuffleton Barbershop and providing stages and production facilities for FOX TV pilot “Sleepy Hollow.”

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