‘Unplanned’ Has Great First Weekend Opening in Canada; Directors Thrilled Amid Opposition

“It’s almost demonic in a way in that they’re trying to suppress a whole nation from seeing a movie. And our question to them is this: What are you so afraid of?”

By Brandon Showalter
Christian Post Reporter

Amid considerable pushback, the pro-life motion picture “Unplanned” had a successful first weekend in Canada, averaging approximately $7,000 per screen.

The film’s directors say they are encouraged by the showing though the opposition has been significant and multi-faceted.

According to tribute.ca, for the weekend of July 12, the movie — which tells the story of former Planned Parenthood clinic director turned pro-life advocate Abby Johnson — came in at number 18 in the top 20 movies in North America.

The film was released in the United States in March but it faced obstacles in being shown in Canada. It became available in dozens of theaters in Canada beginning Friday, averaging of $7,041 per screen.

Directors Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman told The Christian Post in a Monday interview that they’ve made approximately $352,000, which they consider a great number given the hurdles they have faced in Canada.

“We were suppressed at every turn,” Solomon said of the obstacles. “The left and the pro-choice side in the government denounced the movie without seeing it.”

Throughout the distribution process since the film’s release when the directors faced hostility during media interviews and elsewhere, they often asked those, including film critics who were quick to say how horrible the film is or that it constitutes “propaganda,” if they have watched the movie. But they all said no, the directors noted.

Konzelman said that the Canadian mainstream press has been particularly remiss “because there have been probably two dozen articles and most of them go like this: ‘Controversial anti-abortion film coming to Canada’ [where] they talk about the controversy, then they get a quote from a pro-choice organization member, and they say that there’s a limited number of theaters showing it, and then they talk about the death threats to the theater owners.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s chief of staff posted on Twitter her distaste for the movie. Her account says her tweets are her personal views.

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Theater Cancels Screening of Pro-Life Movie ‘Unplanned’ after Threats of Violence from Pro-Abortion Activists

By John Ellis
P J Media

Producers of the anti-abortion movie Unplanned won a hard-fought battle to get their movie screened in Canada. Now, though, pro-abortion activists are beginning to resort to threats of violence to stop the film. Shamefully, the threats of violence appear to be working. A theater in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, has canceled a planned five-day run of the movie after receiving violent threats against theater staff.

A story published in Kamloops This Week broke the news:

Salmar Community Association board member Chris Papworth confirmed on Thursday, July 4, that the board has agreed to pull the movie’s five-day run, which was set to begin on July 12 at the Salmar Classic. He said the difficult decision to cancel the film was made out of concern for the personal safety for Salmar Theatres management, who had received personal threats via social media.

Papworth goes on to detail that the threats involved doxing the theater general manager and then encouraging people to “go after them.” He added, “We just aren’t prepared for those levels of hostility towards our general manager.”

After the theater canceled the screenings, the Shuswap Pro-Life Society, the group that sponsored the movie, announced that they will be looking into hosting private viewings of Unplanned. While they understand the theater’s decision, Shuswap Pro-Life Society spokesperson Hildegard Krieg told Kamloops This Week:

If they had just come out to picket while the movie is running, I could accept that. But I cannot accept that they should actually threaten somebody with violence personally and the family. That is absolutely uncalled for. A peaceful picket, OK, we walk through the picket line. But that is going too far.

Krieg is right. Threatening people with violence over a movie you disagree with is “uncalled for.” I’ll go a step further and say that it’s reprehensible. However, considering that the pro-abortion activists support the murder of pre-born humans, it’s not surprising that they believe it’s okay to threaten people with violence.

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