Despite death threats, Unplanned powers at the Canadian box office
David Rogers | Staff Writer
The controversial abortion biopic UNPLANNED defied expectations at the box office during opening weekend in Canada, garnering $352,510 Canadian in ticket sales, with a per-screen-average of $7,194, at 49 Canadian theaters — independents, Cineplex and Landmark locations. It was the second-highest per-screen-average in North America for July 12-14.
This is on top of the fact that Hollywood gave the film an R-rating.
It was an impressive and surprising opening for UNPLANNED, despite the numerous obstacles it faced in Canada, including death threats and harassment against movie theaters that showed the movie, protests and fierce opposition from the country’s secular media outlets. The movie was distributed throughout Canada in theaters and other venues by Cinedicom, an independent distribution firm.
UNPLANNED was written and directed by Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman, the writers/co-producers of God’s Not Dead and God’s Not Dead 2.
“Canada wanted UNPLANNED and Canada got UNPLANNED,” said Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman, co-directors. “We are grateful to the people of Canada for their bold witness for life. What Abby saw is what Canada is now able to see firsthand. Canadians are seeing the reality of abortion and the power of redemption. Hearts and minds are changing.”
“It’s overwhelming to be a part of this international movement,” said BJ McKelvie, pastor and president of Cinedicom, the film’s Canadian distributor. “Against all odds, we successfully brought UNPLANNED to the people of Canada.”
UNPLANNED is the dramatic account of a former Planned Parenthood superstar, Abby Johnson. In eight years, she rose from college volunteer, to one of the youngest clinic directors, to Employee of the Year … then she assisted with an abortion.
The inspiring film traces Johnson’s journey from staunch abortion advocate to standing side-by-side with the people who prayed for her spiritual transformation and facing the full, head-on attack of one of the most powerful organizations on Earth.
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