Appropriately, this weekend’s movie takes were:
1.“Dumbo,” $45 million ($71 million international).
2.“Us,” $33.6 million ($22.6 million international).
3.“Captain Marvel,” $20.5 million ($26.4 million international).
4.“Five Feet Apart,” $6.3 million ($6.2 million international).
5.“Unplanned,” $6.1 million.
6.“Wonder Park,” $4.9 million ($2.5 million international).
7.“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” $4.2 million ($2.6 million international).
8.“Hotel Mumbai,” $3.2 million ($640,227 international).
9.Tyler Perry’s “A Madea Family Funeral,” $2.7 million ($35,000 international).
10.“The Beach Bum,” $1.8 million ($427,000 international).
Normally, the biggest markets for almost any film, no matter how stupid, especially if stupid, are New York and Los Angeles. That was not the case for the number 5 movie, Unplanned, which had its biggest audiences in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, then Nashville and other “flyover” cities. You know, where people tend to be more likely to think for themselves than to fall in line with Perfectionist progressive orthodoxy. Unplanned box office receipts were almost 16% of Dumbo receipts. However, “box office receipts” can be misleading. Major markets like New York and Los Angeles charge more for tickets than smaller markets, so Unplanned, based on actual bodies in seats, may have been viewed by almost as many people as Dumbo. In addition, Unplanned played on 1,059 screens, compared to Dumbo, which played on 4,259 screens. According to Marketplace newsletter, depending on seating, prices can vary widely.
Theater company IPIC offers chaise lounges sold in pairs, where moviegoers can “lie down and relax in full recline position with a front row seat to the big screen,” the website boasts. And the price for comfort in one of these lounges? In Los Angeles, $40 for two seats, plus $24 in VIP fees. In Westchester, New York and Fort Lee, New Jersey, chaise lounges cost $30. Other theaters have taken a different approach to selling tickets. The Blanchester Theater in Blanchester, Ohio, sells $5 movie tickets — it even offers free popcorn if you sign up for its newsletter. Harkins Theatres, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based privately owned movie chain, sells 2D and 3D movie tickets for $6 each. Up until last year, tickets at the Tucson Harkins theaters were $5 each.
It’s probable that the majority of moviegoers paid way less for their Unplanned experience than their Dumbo experience. Let’s consider what Unplanned was about. The film tells the true story of Abby Johnson, who worked at Planned Parenthood for eight years before becoming a pro-life activist. In her own words………….
“I worked at Planned Parenthood for eight years, rising through the ranks from volunteer escort, to clinic counselor to clinic director. I was awarded the Employee of the Year prize in 2008 and was one of the youngest clinic directors in the country, setting an example of how to run a clinic to churn out as many abortions – the biggest money maker – as I could. Then it all changed when I was asked to assist in an ultrasound-guided abortion.
“Some images stick with you forever, images that you can’t unsee. The photo of the first responder carrying the limp child in his arms after the Oklahoma City bombing. The photos of the Twin Towers falling. These images burn in your mind, causing you to replay them over and over again. They are impactful. That was what I saw on the ultrasound screen.
“The fetus was 13-weeks-old and I could easily see it’s head, arms, and legs. The abortion instrument – a suction tube – was on the screen as well. The baby jumped away from it but it was all for naught. The abortionist turned on the suction and I saw that baby get sucked apart right in front of me on the screen and inches from the probe I was holding. In mere seconds, that fetus’ life ended and the screen only showed a black, empty uterus. The life that was there just a couple minutes ago was gone. In that moment, I saw for myself what I was supporting for the last eight years and it broke me.”
There’s more, but you could always just see the view and decide for yourself…..even if you live in New York or L.A.