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  • Writer's pictureThomas Bonifield

Box Office Weakness

Updated: Sep 17, 2018

The faith-based sequel Unbroken: Path to Redemption comes in fourth out of four movies debuting nationwide.

The biopic about WWII hero Louis Zamperini finished the weekend with receipts of just $2.23 million, good for only ninth place overall and well below projections of $5 million by the website Box Office Mojo.

A follow-up to the 2014 Angelina Jolie-directed film Unbroken, this picture - from director Harold Cronk - focuses on Zamperini's difficult journey to faith in Christ after his return home from harsh captivity in Japanese POW camps.

Though Christian Film Blog found this second iteration a much stronger work than the first, it truly pales in comparison in terms of box office performance. The Jolie movie raked in $30.6 million on its opening weekend. Granted, it debuted in 3,131 theaters versus just 1,620 for this sequel, but the disparity is nevertheless stark.

This makes two consecutive tough weekends for Mr. Cronk. Last week, another of his faith-based movies - God Bless the Broken Road - came in under expectations with a debut weekend performance of just $1.38 million.


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