Take a look at the story that was provided to us from our news service regarding how well movies did this weekend at the box office.

"Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One" is opening to a slower start than expected in theaters. The latest Tom Cruise flick is adjusting its opening weekend predictions to 78-million-dollars, down from the 90-million it was expected to bring in. Disney's "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" has seen a sharp drop in week-to-week ticket sales but has still made enough to surpass "Fast X" and become one of the top ten domestic releases this year. Meanwhile, "Insidious: The Red Door" is still holding strong from its opening last week. The horror film did surprisingly well at the box office last week and will likely make over 12-million more dollars through Sunday.

Notice anything missing? When you read the box office report for how films did over the weekend, don't they tend to tell the top 3, 4 or 5 grossing films? Did you catch in this story that the top film of the weekend didn't measure up to expectations, and that the woeful performance of the latest India Jones release continued with declining sales? Did you catch that one film over the weekend actually increased it box office sales, and added additional screens where it was available to be seen?

You didn't catch that last info tidbit? The reason you didn't is because, in my view, the unusual occurrence of a movie adding screenings and increasing cash intake in its second week was ignored in this and other reports because the movie that did this is Sound of Freedom.

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The becoming upstart Angel Studios announced a strong $27 million box office draw in the second weekend of the film’s domestic release. That's a 37% increase over the opening weekend. In the press release touting this weekends numbers, Brandon Purdie, Head of Theatrical Distribution of Angel Studios said, “There have only been 10 wide-release movies in box office history that have had a second-weekend increase greater than 35% over their opening weekend. All of them achieved this milestone during Christmas. Angel Studios is the only studio to accomplish this feat during the summer blockbuster season with 'SOUND OF FREEDOM'.” By the end of this week, Angel projects it will pass $100 million in sales.

That's quite an accomplishment, and I have to wonder why it's being ignored. In fact, I've been puzzled by the push back this film has had since it was announced that it was going to be released.

In case you haven't heard of the movie it is the story of Tim Ballard, a former agent of Homeland Security, who left his job with that agency to rescue children who have been victims of sex traffickers.

I'm not a movie critic, but my honest opinion of the movie is that while I can't call it the the best cinematic movie I have ever seen, I will call the message of the movie necessary for us to acknowledge.

A Rolling Stone review of the movie took its best shot in dismissing the scope of the child sex trafficking situation in the world. To which I say, as we are so often moralized by those on the side of social justice, even if it's just one (and trust me, it's more than one), that's too much.

Sex trafficking of children is an abhorrent practice. If Sound of Freedom is getting that message out, it deserves our support.

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