By Samantha Kamman, Abortion Columnist
Unplanned tells the story of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood worker who presided over 22,000 abortions. The film details Johnson’s journey from Planned Parenthood’s youngest clinic director to pro-life advocate after witnessing an ultrasound-guided abortion on a 13 week old baby. Despite major networks refusing to promote the film, and an R-rating from the MPAA, Unplanned is exceeding expectations.
The film raked in $6.1 million on its opening weekend from 1,059 theaters despite expectations that it would only bring in $2-3 million. It racked up a cumulative per-screen average of $5,770 per screen, beating out the superhero flick Captain Marvel. Critically, the film received a 94% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and an A+ from Cinemascore, something only two films earn per year.
Due to depicting the reality of abortion, there were efforts to silence the film. Networks like Lifetime, Hallmark, and every cable network aside from Fox News refused to run ads for the film. Promotion for the film was also made difficult when Twitter suspended the official account for the movie. Once the situation was fixed, followers of the page reported a difficulty following the page, as a sudden Twitter error automatically unfollowed them from it.
Speaking with The Daily Wire, Johnson credited God with the film’s success.
“Look what God has done. I could not be more thrilled with the debut of Unplanned. The reports of healing and conversation nationwide are edifying and encouraging. My inbox is filled with stories of post-abortive women who are finding healing through this film as well as pro-choice people who have started to question their beliefs.”
Johnson is the founder of And Then There Were None, an organization that has helped over 500 abortion workers leave the industry and settle them into new jobs.