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‘Sound of Freedom’ Director Celebrates Another Hit As ‘Cabrini’ Grosses $7.5M and Earns A+ Ratings Opening Weekend

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Angel Studios has done it again. Another film based on a true story has found success at the box office. “Cabrini” tells of the heroic Italian immigrant Francesca Cabrini, who advocates for hundreds of orphans in New York.

“With a weekend crowded by massive franchise releases, this independent film about a woman who became a saint is beloved by audiences and critics alike,” shared Brandon Purdie, executive vice president and head of theatrical distribution at Angel Studios, in a press release.

Independent Film ‘Cabrini’ Beloved by Critics, Men, and Women

After opening weekend, it’s clear that critics and viewers easily embraced the story of “Cabrini.” In a press release dated March 10, Angel Studios announced projected weekend results. From 2,840 theaters, the studio reported a cumulative box office total of $7,565,038. Further, “CABRINI scored an impressive A+ CinemaScore from women, and an A CinemaScore from men.”

“Cabrini” finished fourth in the box office, behind “King Fu Panda 4,” “Dune: Part Two,” and “Imaginary,” according to domestic box office results. It’s remarkable for an independent film to perform so well against the bigger distributors: Universal Pictures, Warner Bros., and Lionsgate Films.

Purdie said that Angel Studios is “confident that this film will continue to grow for weeks to come.”

The movie is based on a true story and follows an Italian immigrant, Francesca Cabrini, as she sees the conditions in which hundreds of orphaned children live. They face hunger, disease, and dangerous conditions. In a bold endeavor, Cabrini sets off to change the heart and mind of the controlling mayor of New York—pleading with him for a way to provide homes and healthcare for hundreds of orphans.

The release continued to share more about the director and film itself, saying, “From Alejandro Monteverde, award-winning director of Sound of Freedom, comes the powerful epic of Francesca Cabrini, an Italian immigrant who arrives in New York City in 1889 and is greeted by disease, crime, and impoverished children.”

“With broken English and poor health, Cabrini uses her entrepreneurial mind to build an empire of hope unlike anything the world had ever seen,” the release said.

From start to finish, the director was continually inspired by the story. “Cabrini, her life, shined a light in a very dark world in very dark times. And I was honored to be part of a film that shines a light on her life,” said Monteverde. “And I was embarrassed because I didn’t know who she was,” he continued. “This is a woman that had a tremendous impact in the world. Tremendous. Her impact goes beyond any other character, historic character that has had an impact in the world.”

Years after the scenes of the movie take place, Pope Pius XII named Cabrini the “patron saint of immigrants in 1950. He recognized her work and determination to better conditions in schools, orphanages, hospitals, and prisons.

According to its Facebook page, “Cabrini” has earned a 90% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 98% audience rating.