“Gosnell” Movie About Serial-Killer Abortionist Stays at #9 Despite Media Blackout, Expands to More Theaters

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 19, 2018   |   9:18AM   |   Washington, DC

Despite a media blackout and virtually no coverage outside conservative media circles, the new movie “Gosnell” is holding firm in the top 10 this week and it will expand to even more theaters this weekend. Coming in at the #10 spot last weekend, Gosnell came in ahead of other movies with much wider releases — as the film is appearing in just 673 theaters nationwide.

But that number will grow this weekend with new locations showing the movie, the producers tell LifeNews.

“Because of your efforts, more theaters will be showing the movie for the first time this weekend. But the fight isn’t over. Hollywood doesn’t want this movie to succeed – your efforts will ensure that it does,” the producers indicated.

“Don’t delay. Send a message to Hollywood and the mainstream media. See the Gosnell Movie this weekend. We have been getting some amazing reviews and recommendations.”

“The mainstream media doesn’t want you to see the Gosnell Movie – they have refused to review it or write about it but their strategy to kill the film hasn’t worked. All week we have been #9 at the box office across the US. Yes, that’s right – despite the establishment wanting to shut us down the audience has been growing not shrinking,” they added.

They continued: “That’s why this weekend is so crucial. Visit our website and find a theater near you. Call your friends, your family, your neighbors, your churches and bring a group to see the Gosnell Movie this weekend. Please call your local theater and demand it. Or you could buy a ticket – even if you can’t go. A lot of people are buying tickets even if they can’t go – they are writing to us saying it’s a donation in memory of the babies killed. We are so grateful for that.”

“Last weekend, the Gosnell Movie was the most popular independent film in the US and placed in the top 10 films nationwide. There are a lot of new movies coming on stream this weekend but with your help, we can keep that momentum going,” the concluded.

The Gosnell movie has been getting stellar reviews from those who have seen it:

“Apart from what [GOSNELL] says about the culture of abortion, it’s an engrossing courtroom drama, complete with last-minute evidence that turns the tide of the case.” – Fox News Host Brit Hume.

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“Wow. Without showing anything graphic, Nick Searcy, Phelim McAleer, Ann McElhinney & Andrew Klavan really do justice to the horror that was allowed to flourish unchecked for years.” – Actress Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond, The Middle)

“Whatever your position on abortion, this brave, independent film is an eye-opener that will change hearts and minds.” – Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin

“GOSNELL is EXCELLENT. So well directed. Well cast, pitch perfect screenplay, particularly considering the difficult material. Go see it now.” – The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway.

And last but not least – Rush Limbaugh loves the movie.

The Gosnell Movie “is exceptionally well done for the subject matter,” he announced. “If you don’t know about Kermit Gosnell, if you’ve not heard the name, if it doesn’t ring a bell, you by all means should see this. If you do know who Gosnell is…you should see this.”

Last weekend, despite the more limited release, Gosnell outperformed A Simple Favor, The Nun,  and the blockbuster film Crazy Rich Asians. Every other movie except for one that appeared higher in the weekend top 10 list was shown to Americans in thousands of theaters. It was also the only movie to gain in audience on Sunday, with over $1.23 million in ticket sales though the weekend. Every other movie saw a Sunday dropoff.

Had Gosnell opened in 2,800 theaters like other movies in the top 10 list it would have finished in 7th place for the weekend — making it more popular per theater than The House With a Clock in Its Walls and Bad Times at the El Royale.

But those who are watching the movie are giving in tremendously high ratings. It has a 67% rating at Rotten Tomatoes and 99% of those viewing it said they liked it. The official liberal media critic score has dropped but those watching it still give it a 98% rating.

Gosnell unmasks the shocking true story of the investigation and trial of Kermit Gosnell, a man who performed countless illegal, late-term abortions and murdered several born children as well.

He is the abortion practitioner who killed babies in live-birth abortions that were more akin to infanticide than abortion. The media virtually ignored Kermit Gosnell until the pro-life movement launched a concerned effort to call them out on their bias during the early stages of his trial for murder.

Now, Gosnell is prison, having been convicted of murder in the deaths of multiple babies,though he was accused of killing thousands of viable babies. Still, one report from Gallup showed a large percentage of Americans still have no idea who Gosnell is and what he did.

Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer opened nationwide on October 12 and stars Dean Cain as the detective who put Gosnell behind bars.


Movie executive director Phelim McAleer previously told LifeNews that, despite the grisly, horrific nature of the case, what astounded him the most was the lack of a media presence covering Gosnell’s trial. “This is one of the biggest stories I’ve ever seen, I’ve ever heard about, and there was no coverage at all,” he said.

After the events of Gosnell’s case concluded, McAleer and his wife, fellow journalist and documentarian Ann McElhinney, decided to take matters into their own hands.

“I just assumed then once he [Gosnell] was convicted, that there was going to be a mega movie, because why wouldn’t you make a movie out of this?” McAleer said. “So I waited and waited and I realized, wow, no one’s making a movie out of this? That’s because they don’t want—Hollywood doesn’t want to touch this story or cover this story. So, if they’re not going to do it, then I should do it. We’ve done this before; we’ve been telling stories all of our lives. We’ll just make a movie, and we did.”

Once the idea was set, the next major task was to allocate money to make the film. McAleer decided to crowdfund, a strategy he has used for previous films. He and his wife initially went to Kickstarter to fundraise, but they faced censorship on that site.

“Kickstarter said ‘yeah, you can [fundraise] here, but you have to change the description of your project,” McAleer said.

McAleer was asked to remove terms like “murder,” “murdering babies,” and “stabbing babies” from the description of their project, because the words were deemed offensive to Kickstarter’s community values. Gosnell was, in fact, convicted of murdering three newborn babies, and witnesses who testified at the trial said he killed them by stabbing the backs of the babies’ necks with scissors.

“I don’t want to be part of a community that has standards that force you to lie,” McAleer said.

McAleer and McElhinney then pulled out of Kickstarter and proceeded to fundraise via Indiegogo, a similar fundraising website. Their campaign went well, to say the least. Nearly 30,000 people raised $2.3 million in 45 days for “Gosnell,” which broke the website’s fundraising record. Even though McAleer and his wife made Indiegogo history, there was little fanfare.

“No mainstream media has ever written a story on us. When they write nice puffy stories about crowdfunding, they seem to forget to include us. And you know, it’s a movie that exposes them, shows them off for the agenda-driven PACs that they are. Our movie is saying the things that they don’t want to talk about—the negative side of abortion and how the media covers things up,” he said.

“Gosnell” features some A-list names, including director Nick Searcy (“The Shape of Water”) and Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”). However, some actors were reluctant to accept roles, and after being cast, some stepped down.

“So Hollywood didn’t want to touch this film…You know Hollywood, they give themselves awards for bravery, but they’re not that brave,” McAleer said.

For more details, visit gosnellmovie.com.