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  • Writer's pictureThomas Bonifield

"Unsung Hero" Inches up in the Top-10 at the Weekend Box Office

Updated: 5 days ago

The coming-to-America story of the Smallbone family is the directorial debut by For King & Country musician Joel Smallbone.

Terry O'Quinn (center left) and Joel Smallbone (center right) appear in a scene from "Unsung Hero."
Terry O'Quinn (center left) and Joel Smallbone (center right) appear in a scene from "Unsung Hero." Image: Kingdom Story Company/Lionsgate.

In something of a rarity, Unsung Hero actually climbed one spot in its third weekend in release, claiming sixth position at the box office from Friday through Sunday, up from seventh last weekend (most movies drop each weekend after the first one). The faith-based film from the executive producer brother duo of Andrew and Jon Erwin brought in $2.5 million, down from just under $3 million a week earlier, according to The Numbers website.

Co-written and co-directed by Joel Smallbone, the picture recounts his family's emigration story, as they moved from Australia to resettle in Nashville, Tennessee in 1991. He stars in it as well, playing the role of his father, David, though his mother Helen is the actual hero referred to in the title; she proved to be the glue that held them all together through the challenging early years in their new country.

The film, which also stars Christian actors Candace Cameron Bure and Lucas Black, has brought nearly $17.1 million through 17 days in release. Though not an outstanding number, it is a solid one and puts Unsung Hero ahead of the previous picture from the Erwin Brothers and their Kingdom Story Company: Ordinary Angels, which released earlier this year, generated approximately $16.1 million by the 17-day mark.


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