‘Unplanned’ film’s box office success ‘defies logic,’ Christian critic says

‘Unplanned’ film’s box office success ‘defies logic,’ Christian critic says

“Unplanned,” a film that tells the true story of Abby Johnson’s ascent to become one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in America and her subsequent conversion to pro-life views, brought in just under $6.4 million March 29–31.

 It finished No. 4 at the box office, according to the website BoxOfficeMojo.com, which had projected the movie to gross approximately $3 million. 

All other movies in the weekend’s top five showed on at least twice as many screens as the 1,059 that showed “Unplanned.”

The opening weekend success came despite protests and ad bans on television networks and social media, combined with an R rating by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for some “disturbing/bloody images.” 

An R rating generally discourages a Chrisian audience, said Christian film critic Michael Foust. The film’s rating was cited by some as evidence of media bias against the movie’s pro-life perspective. The film contains no profanity, nudity or immodesty.

“The movie’s status as a hit defies logic,” Foust said, noting how supporters of the film and pro-life advocates came out in droves for opening weekend. (BP)