Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer opened last weekend in a mere 673 theaters. The film that mainstream Hollywood refused to touch, of the true crime story mainstream media refused to cover, shocked the nation by coming in at No. 10 in the domestic box office according to BoxOfficeMojo.
Not only is the crowd-funded $2.4-million indie film set to remake its entire budget and then some; it is also impressing critics and movie-goers alike, earning a 67% critic approval rating and a 99% audience score on RottenTomatoes as of Monday morning.
In contrast, according to LifeZette, Universal Studios’ First Man, which was vigorously advertised and opened in more than 3,000 theaters made back only approximately one-fourth of its $59 million budget in its opening weekend. Additionally, the number one film at the domestic box office, Venom, earned a whopping 31% critic approval rating on RottenTomatoes. The only other movie to make Top 10 at the domestic box office over the weekend in fewer theaters than Gosnell, was The Hate U Give, distributed by Fox, and that film was in its second week.
Gosnell tells the true story of abortionist Kermit Gosnell who operated an abortion clinic in West Philadelphia and was convicted of the murder of three babies born alive in his clinic as well as involuntary manslaughter in the overdose and death of patient Karnamaya Mongar.
According to TheFederalist, Hollywood producers passed over the Gosnell story, much in the same way the mainstream media passed over it, refusing to cover it because it was “too controversial.” The story which failed to get the attention of mainstream media in the United States piqued the curiosity of Irish journalist and Gosnell Producer Phelim McAleer, who made the trip to Philadelphia to watch Gosnell’s trial unfold.
McAleer recounts his experience of the Gosnell trial, saying, “When I went into the courtroom, I saw horrendous photographs and evidence.”
He continues, capturing the scene which left him shocked and dumbfounded, and which has been retold so brilliantly by Director Nick Searcy, “But the most shocking thing of all was when I looked behind me and saw the empty press benches. In modern-day America, so crime-obsessed, this was somehow a non-story?”
Where was the mainstream media when the crime story of the century was unfolding? Where is mainstream Hollywood when that story bears retelling?
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