Film opens as #1 Independent, #8 Per Screen Average and #12 Overall
October 14, 2018 (Los Angeles, CA) – Despite an unprecedented media blackout that found nearly every major film publication refusing to review it, indie film Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer surpassed box office expectations this weekend coming in at #12 overall, the #1 independent film as well as #8 per screen average for all new films.
Although the film was made available for review, only two major publications, the Los Angeles Times and Forbes chose to review it. Yet in spite of this media boycott, the film performed surprisingly well on nearly 700 screens across the country, with Burbank, CA coming in as the top theater.
The lack of media coverage was noted by the film’s producers, investigative reporters Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney who said it was not surprising as the media had also refused to cover Gosnell’s trial until shamed into action by a massive social media/citizen journalist campaign. Gosnell was an abortion doctor accused of murder and the trial attracted huge controversy amid allegations that mainstream media outlets did not cover it because they did not wish to put a negative spotlight on abortion.
“At the time many in the media apologized for failing to cover the Gosnell trial and promised to do better but here they are refusing to review a film about the case that is available nationally and has attracted huge social media buzz,” said McElhinney.
The film was financed through a world record crowdfunding campaign raising $2.3M in just 45 days from almost 30,000 donors.
“By refusing to review the film the media are ignoring a historic film about a historic case but also telling thirty thousand people their record crowdfunding is not important and doesn’t matter. It’s not surprising that no one trusts the media anymore,” added McAleer.
Anticipating the mainstream media blackout, the film achieved its opening weekend success through social media, grassroots marketing, alternative and conservative media and word-of-mouth.
“We are not surprised,” laughed McAleer when informed of the refusal of top publications like The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, The New York Times, The New York Post, The Associated Press and many others to review the film. “In politics, there’s a term for this: voter suppression-a sad attempt to pretend our film isn’t in theaters across America this weekend. But they can’t ignore the box office numbers. We humbly thank all of our fans across the country for this great opening. The people have spoken!”
Gosnell is the shocking true story of the investigation and trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell – his 30-year killing spree and the political and media establishment that tried to cover it up. The trial became a national story when a massive social media campaign forced media outlets to send reporters to cover it after allegations of political bias.
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