EXCLUSIVE: 253 Theaters Drop 'Gosnell' Amid Media Blackout to Defend 'Sacrament' of Abortion
After less than two weeks at the box office, "Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer" has racked up around $2.5 million, an impressive haul considering that more than 200 theaters have dropped the movie since its release on October 12. The mainstream media has largely ignored the film, Facebook has refused to run its ads, and it seems a large group of people want to pretend the movie does not even exist.
"This movie really exposes something that the Left does not want to report about," Nick Searcy, the film's director, told PJ Media in an interview Tuesday. "They're basically trying to ignore this movie. They're trying to say that it doesn't exist because they don't want to have a discussion about abortion."
Searcy argued that abortion is tantamount to a "sacrament" on the Left, so any story that paints it in a bad light must be silenced. "Gosnell" tells the story of Kermit Gosnell, an abortionist in Philadelphia who was sentenced to life in prison for first degree murder of three babies he killed after birth and involuntary manslaughter of one of his patients. His disgusting clinic has been dubbed a "house of horror."
Last week, the Daily Wire's Paul Bois reported that 188 theaters had dropped the film in the first week since it opened. On Tuesday, the "Gosnell" team told PJ Media that number has climbed to 253.
"Gosnell" opened in 668 theaters on October 12, raking in more than $1.1 million, according to Box Office Mojo. On Friday October 19, it was only running in 480 theaters. On Tuesday, the team reported that 415 theaters are still screening the film.
John Sullivan, the film's marketing director, told the Daily Wire "we're in uncharted territories. ... The fact that we've been dropped from theaters where the movie is the number 6 or number 9 movie is just something you don't see."
Sullivan recalled hearing that some theaters actively prevented customers from buying a ticket by declaring a screening "sold out" before capacity is reached.
"It's hard not to believe it isn't about the content of the movie," he said.
"They've been dropping it after it's been really successful in that particular theater," Phelim McAleer, a coauthor of the book on which the movie is based, told PJ Media. "It doesn't make any business sense at all. I suppose it makes political sense for Hollywood."
McAleer described promoting the film as a near-Kafkaesque struggle. "The mainstream media has basically not reviewed the film at all. NPR refused to take our ads. Facebook blocked our ads," he said.
"The Hollywood Reporter didn't review it, Variety didn't review it, The New York Times didn't review it," McAleer explained. "The only mainstream media coverage was 400 words in the Los Angeles Times."