Unplanned creates shock waves throughout Canada on opening weekend

Religion News Service | 7/15/2019 | Staff
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TORONTO — The controversial abortion biopic UNPLANNED defied expectations at the box office during opening weekend in Canada, garnering $352,510 CDN 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.

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 - Cary - Solomon - Chuck - Konzelman

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.”

Part - Movement - BJ - McKelvie - Pastor

“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...
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