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Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
As per my Thursday update, M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller Split ended up winning the weekend but with way more than anyone, including myself, predicted, with more than $40 million for its opening weekend. That’s pretty impressive, and his first movie to open at that level since 2010’s The Last Airbender. Meanwhile, Vin Diesel’s sequel xXx: The Return of Xander Cage ended up making around where I predicted, taking second place with $20.1 million, not a great sign for the continuation of that franchise. Michael Keaton’s The Founder ended up right around where I predicted with $3.4 million, ending up just outside the Top 10. Hidden Figures, La La Land and Sing continued to do well with minimal drop-offs.
- Edward Douglas
Maggie Greenwald’s romantic drama “Sophie and the Rising Sun” premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and just over one year later, it will be released in select theaters nationwide. Based on the Augusta Trobaugh novel by the same name, the film follows the dramatic story of interracial lovers swept up in the fervor of World War II that has hit Salty Creek, South Carolina. Salty Creek native Sophie Willis (Julianne Nicholson) falls for the mysterious stranger Mr. Grover Ohta (Takashi Yamaguchi), but as their secret relationship evolves, the war escalates and bigotry threatens Ohta’s life. The film co-stars Margo Martindale (“The Americans”), Lorraine Toussaint (“Selma”), Diane Ladd (“Chinatown”), Joel Murray (“Mad Men”) and more. Watch an exclusive clip below.
Read More: ‘Sophie and the Rising Sun’ Exclusive Trailer: Two Interracial Lovers Combat Prejudice In Rural South Carolina During WWII
The film is written and directed by Maggie Greenwald. »
- Vikram Murthi
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