"Unbroken: Path to Redemption" debuts this week
With three other movies on tap for nationwide release, the faith-based sequel will face stiff competition at the box office.
This is a biopic about American WWII hero Louis Zamperini, who is played by actor Samuel Hunt, best known for his role on NBC's Chicago P.D. The film is directed by Harold Cronk - God's Not Dead and God's Not Dead 2 - and it picks up where Angelina Jolie's 2014 Unbroken left off: with Zamperini's return from captivity as a POW in Japan.
Once back in the US, he faces the psychological trauma of that ordeal, falling into alcoholism and despondency before ultimately coming to faith in Christ at a Billy Graham crusade.
The film opens Friday in 1,525 theaters and Variety is projecting an opening weekend box office take of about $3 million. That would put Unbroken: Path to Redemption in last place out of the four movies opening this weekend and well behind the predicted $25 - $32 million for leader, The Predator, which is the 4th installment of that sci-fi franchise. The Unbroken sequel will also be facing competition from another Cronk-directed faith-based film - God Bless the Broken Road - which came out last weekend.