October 31, 2006

SNUFFED OUT (via Bryan Francoeur):

'Death of a President' dies at box office (Reuters, 10/31/06)

The provocative film "Death of a President," which imagines the assassination of George W. Bush, bombed at the North American box office with a meager $282,000 grossed from 143 theaters in its first weekend.

The pseudo-documentary played at 91 U.S. theaters and 52 Canadian cinemas during its first three days of release, averaging an estimated $1,970 per screen, according to distributor Newmarket Films, which reportedly paid $1 million for U.S. rights to the picture.

"That's a very poor opening," said Brandon Gray, an analyst at industry watcher Web site boxofficemojo.com. [...]

Newmarket distribution chief Richard Abramowitz called the opening tally for "Death of a President" "a little disappointing" in light of the "enormous awareness" generated by the film since its premiere last month at the Toronto Film Festival.

One of the things you sometimes read is that the anti-communist Right had created a political climate in which it was okay to shoot JFK. Suppose for a moment that we accept that notion: what sort of climate has the anti-Reformation Left tried creating today?

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 31, 2006 4:52 PM

That's an amazingly low gross for a film that's gotten the publicity it has. They may not even make back the cost of 143 35mm prints, assuming that's how they're distributing it.

Posted by: PapayaSF at October 31, 2006 8:15 PM

They'll clean up in Europe and Islamic countries.

Posted by: erp at November 2, 2006 10:41 AM