April 11, 2005

F9/11's National Popularity A Sham (tip to Club for Growth)

Michael Moore was pumping his movie Fahrenheit 9/11 as a national sensation, lighting a fire under Republicans and Bush-2000 states to oppose the incumbent. Naturally we know the movie probably did more harm than good, and that Bush won pretty soundly. National Review shows us how well the movie did in theaters.

    Which film had a better opening weekend, Fahrenheit 9/11 or Barbershop 2: Back in Business? The correct answer is Barbershop. In terms of opening receipts, Mean Girls also beat Fahrenheit 9/11, as did Starsky & Hutch, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Alien vs. Predator, 50 First Dates, and several others. The year's big hits, like Shrek 2, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Spiderman 2 all had openings between four and five times the size of Fahrenheit 9/11's. In the end, Fahrenheit 9/11 had the 32nd-best opening weekend of 2004, taking in $23,920,637 in its first days."
And also:

    In all, two things stand out from those numbers. One is that the picture overperformed only in blue states, and even then only in the most urban parts of those blue states. And the second is that it did very well in Canada. Fahrenheit 9/11 consistently overperformed in Canadian cities; without that boffo business, the film’s gross would have been significantly smaller than it was.
Read the whole thing, it's quite interesting given what we were told by Moore and the media. But then anyone who saw one of his movies knows that Moore plays pretty fast and loose with the truth.

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