By Valerie Richardson
Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Sequel” drew a lukewarm response from moviegoers, ranking 15th at the box office in its first weekend of wide release and earning tepid reviews from audiences.
The sequel to Mr. Gore’s influential 2006 climate-change documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” has earned about $1 million since its limited release July 28, prompting one critic to say Paramount Pictures “effectively sabotaged” the rollout.
“This was not supposed to happen,” said writer D.R. Tucker in the Washington Monthly.
In a Monday post headlined “Al Gore Gets Ripped Off Again,” he said Paramount had botched the nationwide release with its two-weekend platform strategy, instead of seizing on anti-Trump momentum to whip up enthusiasm with a splashy one-weekend launch.
“Paramount apparently couldn’t be bothered to aggressively promote ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ as the movie Trump and [EPA administrator] Scott Pruitt didn’t want you to see — and giving American audiences a decent chance to see it,” Mr. Tucker said. “By failing to do so, the studio effectively undercut its own product.”
He’s right: Prominent climate skeptic Anthony Watts has already dubbed the movie “an inconvenient bomb,” while the website Climate Depot was rife with posts about the film’s poor performance.