October Baby, Independent Pro-Life Film, Debuts to Box Office Success and Controversy

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The anti-abortion drama October Baby opened in 390 theaters nationwide this weekend, earning the second-highest per-screen average behind The Hunger Games.

Samuel Goldwyn released the movie, starring Rachel Hendrix, John Schneider and Jasmine Guy, primarily in favorable political environments, earning $1.7M.

The demonstrably pro-life film follows the story of a young woman who learns her mom initially wanted to abort her, but instead gave her up for adoption.

October Baby Poster

The movie's overall gross is technically $1.9 million now, because the film was released in Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi last year in an effort to support a statewide anti-abortion ballot initiative in the latter that later failed.

In an effort to finance a wider release, filmmakers were able to raise $3 million from investors. To promote the film, its backers screened it for church groups and ran advertisements on networks such as Fox News.

While its niche may be relatively small, it is that dedicated, laser-targeted audience that helped make fellow faith-based fare Fireproof, starring Kirk Cameron, one of the most successful independent films of 2008, grossing $33.5 million.

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@allsaints: I too had an abortion. I have no sleepless nights either. It was the right choice for me at that time. In my case, I was still recovering from the psycological scars of a violent rape that left me with a cracked skull, only 11 teeth and intense clinical PTSD. People tend to be more sympathetic because of my circumstances but I always remind them that had that pregnancy been conceived under different circumstances, I still would not have gone full term. Motherhood was not for me, especially at that time.

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A very good movie. Everyone has a soul . All saints 45 God is not finished with you yet until your last breath you can still be saved ..........

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To ALLSAINTS - I was one of those unwanted fetuses, and my twin sister did not survive the abortion. I am so very thankful that I LIVED. My sister wanted to live. I am not a criminal. The decision about my life or my sister's was not my mom's or anybody else's to make. I pray that your eyes will be opened to see the truth, and that you will find mercy and healing in the arms of Jesus, who values every life. Including mine. Including yours.

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@ Terri LaPoint

This statement by Terri LaPoint is a total fabrication. I am her mother and I never even thought about abortion. She was not a twin. I was so excited to be pregnant - so was her daddy. I had a very easy 17 hour labor with natural delivery. I am not the monster that Terri makes me out to be. I am a Christian and pro-life. Please for Terri for her deceit.

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ALLSAINTS~ I AM GLAD YOU DON'T FEEL GUILTY. I WILL FEEL NO GUILT AS YOU BURN IN THE FIRES OF HELL!!!!

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AS AN ADOPTED 'UNWANTED KID' IM PROUD OF THIS MOVIE!! I DONT FEEL THE LEAST BIT GUILTY ABOUT BEING AGAINST KILLING UNBORN BABIES

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BEING BORN A CATHOLIC, NOT PRACTICING BEING ONE, I DO NOT FEEL THE LEAST BIT GUILTY, CHIPPING IN, TO PAY FOR 3 ABORTIONS, IN MY YOUNGER, SINGLE, LIFE. I ALSO DON'T FEEL GUILTY, PAYING TO HAVE MY SON'S GIRLFRIEND'S, UNWANTED FETUS, ABORTED. THERE ARE SO MANY, UNWANTED KIDS IN THIS COUNTRY, THAT TURN INTO CRIMINALS. THEY KILL INNOCENT FAMILY MEMBERS. THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABORTED.