April 10, 2019 | Beckie Lindsey, SoCal Christian Voice
The pro-life movie “Unplanned” finished in 8th place at the box office this weekend. The film finished in a surprising 4th place during its first weekend before expanding to theaters once again.
Unplanned which opened in theaters nationwide on March 29th, depicts the true story of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood Director who becomes pro-life after watching a baby be aborted on an ultrasound screen.
Despite little coverage outside of Christian media circles, an ‘R’ rating, and a temporarily suspended Twitter account on March 30th, the film brought in $6.1 million in its opening weekend—dubling the film’s projection for expected box office earnings. Distributor Pure Flix expanded to an additional 500 screens over the weekend. The film earned another estimated $3.2 million after expanding to 1,515 screens.
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. The film is an adaptation of Johnson’s best-selling 2010 autobiographical book of the same name.
Partially financed by MyPillow executive Mike Lindell, the controversial film made national news last year when lead actress Ashley Bratcher revealed that it wasn’t until she was on set filming when she learned that while her mother was pregnant with her, she nearly aborted her.
“After watching the screening of the film, we’ve had thousands of women come and tell us about having an abortion thirty or forty years ago. And for the first time in their life, they are free. What is the value of that?” Solomon and Konzelman told SoCal Voice.
Since the article interviewing the writers/producers of the film, SoCal Voice has received several emails from people who saw the film and were convicted to pray outside of their local Planned Parenthood.
“Planned Parenthood is down the street from our son’s church. After seeing the film, I was convicted to go pray. I can’t believe I haven’t before now,” said Krystal Pister from North Carolina. “There is a house for sale right next to the Planned Parenthood. I’m praying that property is bought and is turned into a Christian Pregnancy Counseling Center.”
Unplanned is different from any other film that has been made on the abortion issue, following Ashley Johnson, one the youngest clinic directors in Planned Parenthood history who was named the organization’s employee of the year in 2008. Although Johnson had undergone two abortions herself, she didn’t know much about the actual procedure until she assisted in an emergency ultrasound-guided abortion. What she saw changed everything.
The film depicts the procedure that prompted Johnson to quit Planned Parenthood and found And Then There Were None, a group that has assisted workers at abortion clinics to leave the industry.
“I’ll tell you, this movie is anointed in an amazing way. The Lord is using this film as the counter for the infanticide laws. It’s going to change the world,” said Solomon.
The box office results are a small display of the power of God and prayer. We urge you to continue praying for the success of this film.
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(Used with permission. Read more at SoCal Christian Voice.)
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