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February 10. 2014 11:29PM

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“Kids for Cash” made some of the latter over the weekend.

The movie about the Luzerne County judicial scandal premiered Thursday at R/C Wilkes Barre Movies 14 and Cinemark in Moosic and has since has been drawing crowds, theater representatives reported.

“It’s actually doing very well,” said Nick Degnan, assistant general manager at Movies 14 in downtown Wilkes-Barre. “It sold out most of the shows this weekend, I believe. Saturday and Sunday, at least. Friday during the day was slow, of course, because everybody was at work.”

Blaze Kopec, general manager of Movies 14, said he could not reveal how much money the movie brought in, but he, too, said it sold out.

“It sold out shows every day over the weekend,” he said.

According to the website, which tracks the amount box offices results for movies, “Kids for Cash” was shown in four theaters nationwide over the weekend. It brought in $40,800 in gross receipts.

Kopec said the movie is scheduled to run in the theater until at least Feb. 20, but he wasn’t sure beyond that because the schedules are done a week at a time.

“I would assume, based on the crowds, it’ll probably be retained for another week,” he said.

At Cinemark in Moosic, an employee who did not want to be identified because he wasn’t authorized to speak to news media, said the movie drew crowds over the weekend.

“It definitely has been a success,” he said. He said the movie would at least show until Feb. 21 and maybe longer.

Robert May, the movie’s producer and directer, also did question-and-answer sessions at the theaters over the weekend.

The movie depicts the juvenile justice scandal that led to the imprisonment of former Judge Mark Ciavarella and former President Judge Michael Conahan and led to changes to the state juvenile justice system.

The 102-minute documentary describes, through interviews with families, media and others, Ciavarella’s practice of routinely incarcerating hundreds of juveniles not represented by counsel after finding them delinquent for minor offenses.

It also chronicles how Ciavarella and Conahan secretly took money in connection with construction of private juvenile detention centers.

Ciavarella is serving a 28-year prison sentence for accepting kickbacks and failing to report “finder’s fees” in connection with the development of the detention facilities in Pittston Township and Butler County. Conahan, who pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, is serving a 17-year sentence.

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