Graced with a coveted A+ CinemaScore, the controversial anti-abortion drama Unplanned opened to a strong $6.1 million from 1,059 theaters at the U.S. box office despite a relatively modest footprint.
Christian movie producer Pure Flix has made some amazing movies including the ‘God’s Not Dead’ series which have done very well at the box office. Now they have turned their attention to the true life story of Abby Johnson, who defected from Planned Parenthood to become a pro-life activist after witnessing an abortion at 13 weeks. ‘Unplanned’ stunned Hollywood watchers with it’s surprising resonance with movie goers. But in reality it’s not such a shock. Millions of Americans are not in favor of killing the next generation of our citizens.
“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, thatI have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:” Deuteronomy 30:19 (KJV)
I have not seen this movie yet, but if it opens in my area I definitely will. Wouldn’t it be great if Christians all over this nation went to see this movie in large numbers? That would send a great message not only to Hollywood crowd, but to the pro-death baby killers over at Planned Parenthood as well. So please go out and see it, and after you do, comment below and let us know how you liked it. There are all sorts of ways to witness the gospel, and this is one of them.
‘Unplanned’ Box Office: Controversial Anti-Abortion Pic Surprises With Strong $6M Debut
FROM THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: The R-rated film — landing in fifth place — scored the second-biggest start ever for faith-based distributor Pure Flix behind God’s Not Dead 2 ($7.6 million). The Christian pic did its biggest business in the Midwest and South.
Generally, theaters in New York City and Los Angeles populate the list of a film’s top 20 grossing theaters. In this case, there were none. Instead, the top theater was the AMC Northpark 15 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, followed by cinemas in St. Louis; Detroit; Wichita, Kansas; Temecula in Southern California’s Riverside County; Salt Lake City; Orange County, California; Kansas City; Odessa, Texas; and Nashville.
“We are thrilled, gratified and humbled,” co-directors Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman said Sunday in a statement. “We are so pleased that the American people have responded with such an enormous outpouring of support at the box office. It humbles us and we look forward to seeing what happens in the weeks ahead.”
Heading into the weekend, tracking suggested a $3 million debut for Unplanned.
The pic tells the true story of Abby Johnson, who defected from Planned Parenthood to become a pro-life activist after witnessing an abortion at 13 weeks. Unplanned was partially financed by My Pillow founder Michael Lindell, who is a born-again Christian and outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump.
The film’s producers, who unsuccessfully fought to overturn the pic’s R-rating, note that Unplanned didn’t have an easy road to the big screen. A number of TV networks declined to play ads for the movie, while the film’s Twitter account was briefly suspended Saturday morning.
On Friday, trailer views hovered at around 250,000. That stat swelled to 1.7 million views by Saturday morning.
“To bring the story of Abby Johnson to audiences and have them show up in such large numbers shows how abortion is so important to bring to audiences,” said Pure Flix CEO Michael Scott. “We hope that those on both sides of the debate will see Unplanned and begin to have their own dialogue. This film can be that spark to bring more hearts and minds to understanding the value of life.”
Unplanned is set to move into a total of 1,700 theaters next weekend. READ MORE
‘Unplanned’ Official Trailer – In Theaters Now
Abby Johnson’s Testimony from “Changing Sides”
This film tells the powerful true story of the conversion of a dedicated Planned Parenthood director to a leading Pro-life Activist. Abby Johnson was the director of the abortion facility that was the launching pad of the bold new pro-life effort – 40 Days for Life. Abby believed that she was helping women by working for the nation’s largest abortion operation, Planned Parenthood. She quickly rose in the ranks to become the director of an abortion facility and was even given an “Employee of the Year” award. But one Fall morning everything changed.
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