Unplanned: The pro-life hit insiders didn’t see coming
It looks like the experts have badly underestimated the audience for graphic anti-abortion dramas, said Pamela McClintock in The Hollywood Reporter. Unplanned, a movie about a Planned Parenthood clinic director who turns pro-life activist after witnessing an abortion at 13 weeks, pulled in $6.4 million on its opening weekend, leaving it far behind the new Dumbo’s $46 million but more than doubling industry predictions to finish fourth in the box office rankings. Viewers gave the film an A-plus CinemaScore, and Vice President Mike Pence tweeted that it’s “deeply inspiring,” but mainstream critics abhorred it. Nick Schager of TheDailyBeast.com called it “a leaden, self-righteous, and wholly rancid affair.” THR’s own Frank Scheck labeled it “proselytizing agitprop” that “demonizes Planned Parenthood to such a degree that you expect the organization to be the villain in the next Marvel movie.” Based on a 2010 memoir by Texas native Abby Johnson, Unplanned was made by a small Christian production company and was slapped with an R rating because of its vivid depictions of multiple abortions, including two that Johnson underwent before her change of heart. The movie is scheduled to expand into 1,700 theaters this weekend.