March 29, 2012
The pro-life film October Baby finished in the box office top 10 its opening weekend despite playing in only 390 theaters nationwide, and earned the second-highest per-screen average with almost $2 million in ticket sales, Fox News reports. The movie, which follows the journey of a young women who learns she was almost aborted but instead given up for adoption at the last minute, almost never came to be, however: "The film couldn't find a home, no studio wanted to touch it," said director Jon Erwin. "There was a real moment of despair at one point; the film wasn't finished and nobody would take a look at it. But every time we screened it, it attracted such intense emotional reactions. So we had to raise the money ourselves, and the release process took much longer than we wanted." Erwin said he is hoping for a wider release next month; communities wanting to see the film are forming "action squads" in which Christian schools, churches and residents are coming together to buy a certain amount of tickets to cover costs, he said.