Al Gore’s new documentary film appears to be a box-office flop, the latest evidence that the movie-going public has moved on from the issue – global warming – that has made him uber wealthy.
While reviewers for the New York Times and other establishment publications are raving about the new documentary – “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” – the ticket-buying public is responding with a collective yawn. The film placed 15th in the rankings of dollars spent on movies last weekend.
The poor box-office showing prompted one reviewer for the Washington Examiner to muse “Will Al Gore call for a recount?”
There’s no denying that Gore’s 2006 Oscar-winning film “An Inconvenient Truth,” was a huge box-office success, generating more than $50 million in revenues.
But the sequel has grossed only about $1 million in its first two weeks.
“Of the estimated $121 million Americans spent at the movies last weekend, less than $1 million was spent on Gore’s sad grab at political relevancy. Perhaps Gore can take solace in the fact that he narrowly edged out for 15th place another liberal-biased movie, ‘Cars 3,’ which targets children with fossil fuel lies via cute talking cars,” noted Joseph Bast, chief executive of the Heartland Institute, in an op-ed for the Washington Examiner. “No word yet on whether Gore is going to demand a recount.”
Some reviewers blamed Paramount’s marketing strategy of not releasing the film nationwide in its first week.
But that’s no excuse for poor performance. “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party,” a documentary by conservative firebrand Dinesh D’Souza, was initially released in only three theaters and has raked in $3 million in its first couple of weeks.
“Despite tens and perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars in free promotion offered by the left-wing media for Gore, Americans didn’t take heed,” wrote Bast. “And after eight straight miserable years of the Obama administration misusing its control of government bureaucracies and schools, assisted every step of the way by the government-aligned left-wing media, the purveyors of climate doom thought they had won the battle of public opinion.”
Surveys and independent reviews of the peer-reviewed literature show Gore has not won the battle of so-called “scientific consensus,” says Bast.