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(Vanity) Brokeback Mountain, a Curious Attendance Story
Michael Medved Radio | 1-6-06 | Vanity

Posted on 01/06/2006 3:31:19 PM PST by Balding_Eagle

Did anyone else hear this on the Michael Medved talk radio today?

A man called in, near the end of the hour. He said he had been taken his kids to the theater, and the kids movie they were waiting to see had a very long line. Brokeback Mountain was also showing at that theater. He said he sat near the ticket booth for 35 minutes, as his kids waited in line to buy tickets for their movie.

During that 35 minutes he never heard one person buy a ticket for Brokeback Mountain. However, during that 35 minutes, the “SOLD OUT” sign came on for Brokeback. Out of curiosity, he went in to the Brokeback theater, and only saw 4 people in there. The theater manager refused to comment when the man questioned him.

Is this how all those theaters are getting such high attendance for Brokeback? Imaginary theater goers?

Perhaps other theater goers can investigate for themselves this weekend.

I can only vouch for the fact that this man called in a related the story as I presented it here, not if it’s true. Callers can make up stories too. It peaked my interest though.


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: boxoffice; brokebackmountain; hollyweird; homosexualagenda; medved; piqued; pudding
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To: dirtbiker

Gives new meaning to the term "cowpoke."


52 posted on 01/06/2006 3:50:45 PM PST by My2Cents (Dead people voting is the closest the Democrats come to believing in eternal life.)
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To: Darkwolf377

I'll bet you it's got to gross $30 million to make any money; partciularly if they're advertising it heavily. But what do I know about the movie business? Nothing.


53 posted on 01/06/2006 3:51:07 PM PST by Ironclad (O Tempora! O Mores!)
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To: nmh

I'd recommend it.

Why?

54 posted on 01/06/2006 3:51:51 PM PST by don-o (Don't be a Freeploader. Do the right thing. Become a Monthly Donor!)
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To: Balding_Eagle

I wouldn't want to see what was going on in that theatre.


55 posted on 01/06/2006 3:52:26 PM PST by JustAnotherOkie
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To: don-o

My observations would have been relatively mundane - what is very clear to me is the economic growth that is going on in the United States. The American economy is booming. The obvious sign of this boom may come as a surprise - traffic. Even in the suburbs I was visiting, the traffic, particularly to and from shopping centres was horrific. It did not matter if it was a weekday or weekend, but the amount of people out on the roads with their cars going shopping had increased visibly since the last time I'd been there.

This indicates confidence, this indicates money to spend, this indicates economic activity near to bursting at the seams.

Regards, Ivan


56 posted on 01/06/2006 3:52:43 PM PST by MadIvan (You underestimate the power of the Dark Side - http://www.sithorder.com/)
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To: darkangel82

You are a bit green here to be posting rules. Be quiet.


57 posted on 01/06/2006 3:53:16 PM PST by don-o (Don't be a Freeploader. Do the right thing. Become a Monthly Donor!)
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To: doodad
please tell me it's not the same dick dale. If it's him, I had no idea dale was a mo.

Surfed many a day listening to Dale...

58 posted on 01/06/2006 3:53:20 PM PST by Battle Hymn of the Republic
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To: NativeNewYorker

Homo, Homo on the Range
Where the queers and the other dopes play
They watch their sheep herds
And behave just like Nerds
And the gerbils have all run a-waaaaayyyy!!!!!!!


59 posted on 01/06/2006 3:53:38 PM PST by San Jacinto (Hearing something on the network news is reason enough to disbelieve it.)
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To: don-o

Because it showed how he straightened himself out. IMO it could have been better if they highlighted more of what he did after he straightened himself out. It showed how coming from nothing you could make something of yourself and overcome drinking and drugs.


60 posted on 01/06/2006 3:54:30 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people believe in Intelligent Design (God))
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To: prophetic

I can back you up on this one, because I'm in the book buying/selling business.

I've NEVER seen the resale value of a book drop as quickly as did both Bill & Hillary's "re-writing of history" flops.

I wouldn't doubt that box office receipts are manipulated in the same manner that book sales can be.


61 posted on 01/06/2006 3:54:45 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Borges
I should have written @ or about 1/3 its budget, my mistake.

I don't understand why some people insist on talking down the success of this movie. It IS a success as a small budget movie, released in a limited number of theaters, as many such movies are.

But when you mention this, most people say you are supporting the movie. I guess if I point out that HRC is the senator from New York I'm supporting her candidacy.

62 posted on 01/06/2006 3:54:58 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (The first and great commandment is: Don't let them scare you. --Elmer Davis)
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To: nmh
I think he thought you were referring to BM!
63 posted on 01/06/2006 3:55:01 PM PST by Borges
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Flaming Saddles


64 posted on 01/06/2006 3:55:21 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Many at FR would respond to Christ "Darn right, I'll cast the first stone!")
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To: Ironclad
You can find it at Boxofficemojo or Box Office Prophets, or just do a Google search Brokeback Mountain budget or somesuch.

I don't know what kind of ad budget it has, and good luck finding that--it's complicated, and they don't generally publish the info readily.

65 posted on 01/06/2006 3:56:06 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (The first and great commandment is: Don't let them scare you. --Elmer Davis)
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To: Ironclad

They probably had 15 mil in Handiwipes overhead alone.


66 posted on 01/06/2006 3:56:34 PM PST by Crawdad (So the guy says to the doctor, "It hurts when I do this.")
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Box Office receipts are very hard to manipulate because all the studios get the same numbers. If one tried to pad its totals the others would cry bloody murder. It's as accurate as these sort of things get actually. (compared to stuff like record sales and Nielsen ratings anyway)
67 posted on 01/06/2006 3:56:38 PM PST by Borges
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To: billorites

Go to Boxofficemojo.com.......it lists each movie with daily running totals....BBM doesnt even rate as a mole on the balls of a mouse. The big story (Scam) is actually that the movie has "grossed" less than 20 million dollars..thats dollars not people...People are not seeing the movie despite proclaimation of it being a "Cultural Phenom"!


68 posted on 01/06/2006 3:57:31 PM PST by samadams2000 (Remember our Founding Fathers were REAL men- Unlike today's Rinos)
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To: GovernmentShrinker

It is a campaign where the studio buys up all the tickets for the performance online....selling out the theatre. Then next week they can report the highest gross per theatre numbers in the trades.

Miramax was very good at doing this.


69 posted on 01/06/2006 3:58:10 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: darkangel82

Brokeback Mountain threads: Mommy please make it stop.


70 posted on 01/06/2006 3:58:15 PM PST by CaptainK
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To: Ironclad

Also, it's nothing like the ad budget for Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe, which is one of the largest ever. But since we like that movie it doesn't matter. ;)


71 posted on 01/06/2006 3:58:23 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (The first and great commandment is: Don't let them scare you. --Elmer Davis)
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To: don-o

Registered in 2004. That's green?


72 posted on 01/06/2006 3:59:06 PM PST by Rutles4Ever (Thank you, Matt Leinart, for three awesome years!)
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To: SuzyQue

I know that is a favorite meme around here. But one of them is a rodeo cowboy. Bull rider, even. Do with that what you will.


73 posted on 01/06/2006 3:59:30 PM PST by lugsoul ("Try not to be sad." - Laura Bush)
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To: eureka!
Actually, when Passion of the Christ was released and selling like hot cakes, there was more than one instance of a moviegoer reporting paying for it, getting a ticket to another movie and being told not to worry about it by management...

That thought occurred to me as well. And someone knowledgable about the movie industry commented on one of those threads that this is sometimes done because of some financial incentive to the theater owner. It's better to show high attendance on certain movies than others, apparently.

So, I suppose, if the Brokeback Mountain distributor is giving a bigger cut to the theater owner (most theaters are owned by huge companies), they may be putting Brokeback Mountain tickets in the slots for other films like Narnia. This cheats the Narnia distributor and benefits the Brokeback Mountain guys. But they can't risk getting caught by selling more tickets than they have seats, so they put up a sold sign when they run out of tickets.

I don't know anything about the business. I am just basing this on comments on a thread about The Passion of the Christ.

74 posted on 01/06/2006 3:59:35 PM PST by Rocky (Air America: Robbing the poor to feed the Left)
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To: Balding_Eagle
However, during that 35 minutes, the “SOLD OUT” sign came on for Brokeback. Out of curiosity, he went in to the Brokeback theater, and only saw 4 people in there.

Maybe that is the rated capacity for the movie.. homos in dark places may want privacy.

Seriously, though.. anything you heard "some guy on talk-radio" say has to be taken with a grain of salt.

75 posted on 01/06/2006 3:59:47 PM PST by humblegunner (If you're gonna die, die with your boots on.)
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To: prophetic; fishtank
I belonged to the IAM-AW for 15 years (one of very few women in my local). Most of the guys I worked with wouldn't be caught dead going to see "Brokeback Mountain", no matter how much the Union leadership would try to encourage them.

Also, most of the rank and file in my local were good solid conservatives.

76 posted on 01/06/2006 3:59:50 PM PST by Inspectorette
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To: Darkwolf377

It should be noted that Medved liked the movie.


77 posted on 01/06/2006 4:00:36 PM PST by Borges
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To: Battle Hymn of the Republic

Can't be. Just thought it was dang rude.


78 posted on 01/06/2006 4:00:52 PM PST by doodad
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To: CaptainK
Brokeback Mountain threads: Mommy please make it stop.

You do know how to use your mouse? Like not click?

79 posted on 01/06/2006 4:00:52 PM PST by don-o (Don't be a Freeploader. Do the right thing. Become a Monthly Donor!)
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To: Rutles4Ever
Registered in 2004. That's green?

Yup

80 posted on 01/06/2006 4:01:51 PM PST by don-o (Don't be a Freeploader. Do the right thing. Become a Monthly Donor!)
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To: don-o

The thread title still shows up on the new posts page.


81 posted on 01/06/2006 4:02:31 PM PST by CaptainK
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To: Borges

Oh no! I was referring to Walk the Line!!


82 posted on 01/06/2006 4:02:33 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people believe in Intelligent Design (God))
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To: Borges

I'm just not interested in seeing it, but I love the works of screenwriter Larry McMurtry. The director Ang Lee is really uneven. But I don't like the actors or the subject matter so I won't be seeing it. This has been a rotten movie year for me, and I've gone to the theater rarely, my lowest movie attendance since I started going to movies.


83 posted on 01/06/2006 4:02:51 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (The first and great commandment is: Don't let them scare you. --Elmer Davis)
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To: MadIvan
..good hearing from you...like your latest observations/perspective. :)
84 posted on 01/06/2006 4:03:00 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: Rocky

Re#74 Thanks for the expansion on what may be going on. What I would love to see is some investigative reporting where somebody interviews surprised moviegoers that were misled into thinking they were simply seeing a Western. That would be a hoot...


85 posted on 01/06/2006 4:03:32 PM PST by eureka! (Hey Lefties and 'Rats: Over 3 more years of W. Hehehehe....)
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To: don-o

Don't speak to me that way, and don't tell me what to do.


86 posted on 01/06/2006 4:03:45 PM PST by darkangel82
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To: darkangel82
Agreed.

It's interesting--people here LOVED Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, yet how many threads have been posted on that, as compared to this movie no one here has seen and no one is interested in?

Maybe we need a FRTeeper Movies thread regularly to discuss movies we, you know, LIKE and have seen?

87 posted on 01/06/2006 4:04:13 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (The first and great commandment is: Don't let them scare you. --Elmer Davis)
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To: Ironclad
This week gross: $4,847,443
Cumulative gross: $15,102,697
Probable financial loser, I'd say.

Very limited release. They are tightly controlling the release. It will make some money -- but it is at the end of its run (both puns intended).

Its target audience have all gone to see it, they will keep it limited to gay-friendly areas. It will probably end up in the $25MM area.

It was made to win awards, not make money. But the money people in Hollwood won't forget this. It will be interesting to see if Lee's career tanks some after this vanity piece.

88 posted on 01/06/2006 4:04:48 PM PST by freedumb2003 (American troops cannot be defeated. American Politicians can.)
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To: Borges

Speaking of the Oscars..the movies they're touting for Oscar Consideration are so out there that i truly doubt many people are going to tune in. It'll be interesting.


89 posted on 01/06/2006 4:04:49 PM PST by Hildy (Spielberg spends his spare time memorializing the last Holocaust while working to justify the next.)
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To: Darkwolf377
Ang Lee makes tedious, watered down, middlebrow piffle. This movie looks like more of the same along the lines his 'The Ice Storm' all from the devilish spawn of ersatz pseudo art like 'Ordinary People'.
90 posted on 01/06/2006 4:05:17 PM PST by Borges
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To: don-o

What a strange post.


91 posted on 01/06/2006 4:06:10 PM PST by Rutles4Ever (Thank you, Matt Leinart, for three awesome years!)
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To: darkangel82

If you have a problem with a new thread, take it to the mods.


92 posted on 01/06/2006 4:07:48 PM PST by don-o (Don't be a Freeploader. Do the right thing. Become a Monthly Donor!)
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To: Borges
I really enjoyed The Ice Storm and even Sense and Sensibility, though I don't care for costume films generally. And Crouching Tiger was visually beautiful.

I thought Ice Storm was less suffocating than Ordinary People and that kind of junk, with terrific acting.

93 posted on 01/06/2006 4:08:32 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (The first and great commandment is: Don't let them scare you. --Elmer Davis)
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To: Balding_Eagle
 
It seems to me that theatre owners are businessmen and I cannot even imagine they would post a "sold out" sign guaranteeing no sales at all. These people typically don't ensure expenses greater than revenues.
 

94 posted on 01/06/2006 4:09:05 PM PST by HawaiianGecko (Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.)
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To: darkangel82

I say let the homos have the oscars and golden boner awards, then hollywood will loose even more $$$.


95 posted on 01/06/2006 4:09:35 PM PST by Battle Hymn of the Republic
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To: freedumb2003; Ironclad

Boxofficemojo.com says it's up to $16.7M through Thursday. The budget was $14M. It's going to make a fair bit of money, even though most people will never see it.


96 posted on 01/06/2006 4:09:55 PM PST by HostileTerritory
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To: Darkwolf377

I dare say Narnia would generate its own interest merely because of the book it is derived from.

Another observation from American television news - the amount of discussion on the news about Narnia was nil or negligible. Discussion of Brokeback Mountain was almost continuous.

Regards, Ivan


97 posted on 01/06/2006 4:10:23 PM PST by MadIvan (You underestimate the power of the Dark Side - http://www.sithorder.com/)
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To: Darkwolf377

Sounds like a good idea.


98 posted on 01/06/2006 4:10:49 PM PST by darkangel82
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To: darkangel82
Next to post a thread about this movie gets a temporary zot.

OK, if you can point out a thread with a similar topic about this movie I promise not to post again for 6 months.

The topic of this thread, in case you didn't notice, was the possiblility of fraud occuring by theaters creating imaginary movie goers to Brokeback.

99 posted on 01/06/2006 4:12:34 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (God has blessed Republicans with political enemies who have dementia.)
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To: prophetic

Actually, My Li(f)e was Clintoon's book. Living HIStory* was her royal THIGHNESSES.

*HIStory as in His Story as in cleaning up from bimbo erruptions, faking suicides for murdered aides who knew too much, and many a night with the "girls", Rosie O'Donut, Elaine DeGenerate, etc.


100 posted on 01/06/2006 4:12:44 PM PST by Alas Babylon!
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