Despite numerous hurdles and massive Hollywood resistance, "Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer" performed well at the box office, breaking into the top 10 on its opening weekend and raking in some $1,235,000, despite only opening in only 673 theaters.
The film, directed by "Shape of Water" and "Justified" actor Nick Searcy (screenplay by Daily Wire's Andrew Klavan), focuses on the real-life trial of Philadelphia serial-murdering abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who was accused of murdering a young mother and hundreds of newborns in his filthy Philadelphia-based late-term abortion clinic, aptly dubbed the "House of Horrors." The abortionist was convicted on three counts of first-degree murder and one count of involuntary manslaughter in 2014 and is currently serving a life sentence.
"Gosnell" faced numerous hurdles on it's way to release, not the least of which was Hollywood resistance.
"Mainstream Hollywood studios have been afraid to touch a film that even involves the word 'abortion,'" reported Lifezette, last week.
"I believe 'Gosnell' is an important, unique film about an event that modern-day Hollywood would not go near," explained Searcy. "I pray it will make an impact. We tried to be honest, and we put the resources we had available to us to the best possible use, and I truly believe we made something profound. I can’t wait for people to see it."
Moreover, producers Phelim McAleer and Anne McElhinney were booted off fundraising site Kickstarter "due to the anti-abortion nature of their film and had difficulty setting business meetings via traditional Hollywood avenues," noted The Hollywood Reporter.
Additionally, the film was temporarily blocked by the judge who served in the Gosnell trial when he sued due to his unsavory portrayal in the feature as part of "Philadelphia's liberal corrupt government."
The film's success is culturally important. As Searcy told Lifezette, "I think if 'Gosnell' does well at the box office, it will result in Hollywood’s realizing that there is a vastly underserved audience willing to pay money to see truthful films."
H/t Christian Post