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Glowing 'Che' Movie Reviews Ignore Fact It was One of Worst BO Bombs in Film History
NewsBusters ^ | April 18, 2009 | P.J. Gladnick

Posted on 04/18/2009 6:39:52 AM PDT by PJ-Comix

The two part movie "Che" has turned out to be one of the worst box office bombs in film history. How bad was it? Well, since opening last December, this movie has earned a grand total of just $1,432,057 as of the weekend of April 10-12.

Since the budget for this film was $40 million and at least half of those revenues went to the theaters screening this bomb, that means the total loss for 'Che' was approximately the entire budget cost. Compare this to the gold standard of movie bombs, "Heaven's Gate." When it was released it 1980 it also had a $40 million budget but it earned about 3 times the revenue of the "Che" movie at $3,484,331. As a result, "Heaven's Gate," became known as the mother of all box office bombs and rare was the review that did not mention its financial disaster.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: boxoffice; che; cheguevara; hollywood
Most people are unaware of just how horribly "Che" bombed at the box office.
1 posted on 04/18/2009 6:39:52 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: Paul Heinzman; IMissPresidentReagan; AlexW; Cletus.D.Yokel; ConservativeOrBust; tropical; ...

PING!


2 posted on 04/18/2009 6:41:10 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (E.J. Dionne: "Make the World Safe for Tax Increases")
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To: PJ-Comix

I didn’t even know the “Che” movie was out. Ha!


3 posted on 04/18/2009 6:41:35 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: PJ-Comix

“Che” was almost as much of a bust as “W”. Perhaps the general public understands Hollywood propaganda better than I thought?


4 posted on 04/18/2009 6:43:24 AM PDT by albie
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To: PJ-Comix

My hope is that everyone associated with this wretched movie becomes box office poison and never works in Hollywood again. Money talks.


5 posted on 04/18/2009 6:46:26 AM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius, (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: PJ-Comix

A BO bomb? Must really have stunk.


6 posted on 04/18/2009 6:49:27 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: PJ-Comix

The term ‘commercially brave’ in one of those reviews refers to the 4 hour plus running length and a historical figure that most people under 35 don’t know (sad but true).


7 posted on 04/18/2009 6:49:34 AM PDT by Borges
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To: PJ-Comix

I hate it when people give away the endings but.....

Che dies at the end.


8 posted on 04/18/2009 6:50:19 AM PDT by usmcobra (Your chances of dying in bed are reduced by getting out of it, but most people still die in bed)
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To: usmcobra

Excuited like a common criminal. No ceramony no firing squad. Bang you are DEAD!


9 posted on 04/18/2009 6:55:43 AM PDT by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
"I didn’t even know the “Che” movie was out. Ha!

Ditto!! LOL.

Maybe next they'll film The Glorious Rise of Josef Stalin

10 posted on 04/18/2009 6:58:13 AM PDT by cookcounty (Sarah Palin: The Alaskan Democrats' Gingko Biloba: "...d'oh, NOW I remember... back in 1991....")
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To: PJ-Comix

>>> “Heaven’s Gate.” When it was released it 1980 it also had a $40 million budget

Fair point about Che’s box office failure, but this isn’t an apples to apples comparison. Adjusting for inflation the two movies do not have the same baseline. $40 million in 1980 would now be in the neighborhood of $100 million.


11 posted on 04/18/2009 6:58:34 AM PDT by tlb
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To: usmcobra

LOL!


12 posted on 04/18/2009 7:01:02 AM PDT by don'tspeak4me
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To: tlb

But that would make the current revenues even less.


13 posted on 04/18/2009 7:02:39 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (E.J. Dionne: "Make the World Safe for Tax Increases")
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To: PJ-Comix

My guess is that Barack Hussein Obama has seen it three times and owns the DVD.


14 posted on 04/18/2009 7:14:50 AM PDT by centurion316
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To: PJ-Comix

The conservative humor site The People’s Cube sells anti-Che shirts...”Che-Mart: We Smell For Less”

http://che-mart.com/store.php

“Are you sick of seeing the face of a communist murderer everywhere? Does the sight of trust fund kids clad in “cool Che” t-shirts make your blood boil? Do you find it ironic that a dedicated communist has contributed to massive retail profiteering by capitalists t-shirt manufacturers? Then you’ve come to the right place. Here at Che-Mart we sell our t-shirts solely for capitalist pig profits. Please help us laugh all the way to the bank!”


15 posted on 04/18/2009 7:19:52 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: usmcobra

I wish we had a real cut of Che standing before Jesus.


16 posted on 04/18/2009 7:26:04 AM PDT by bmwcyle (American voters can fix this world if they would just wake up.)
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To: PJ-Comix

Hey “Che lives!”

ROFL


17 posted on 04/18/2009 7:29:01 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: PJ-Comix
I love it when the libs throw their money away for such ridiculous projects.


18 posted on 04/18/2009 7:29:14 AM PDT by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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To: PJ-Comix
Most people are unaware of just how horribly "Che" bombed at the box office.

Just as how most people today are completely unaware of what a horrible excuse for a human being the "real" Che was... Especially those who wear him on their shirts, or display him on posters.

Knowing that a lot of people lost a lot of money on that movie makes me happy, though it sort of sucks that some people will be able to use it as a tax deduction...

Mar

19 posted on 04/18/2009 7:37:33 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: usmcobra

Yayyyyyyyy! I’d watch the ending.


20 posted on 04/18/2009 7:38:31 AM PDT by DeLaine (Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. (MLK))
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To: usmcobra
I hate it when people give away the endings but.....

Che dies at the end.

I love a happy ending!

Mark

21 posted on 04/18/2009 7:38:52 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Borges
The term ‘commercially brave’ in one of those reviews refers to the 4 hour plus running length and a historical figure that most people under 35 don’t know (sad but true).

Are you talking about "Gettysburg?"

22 posted on 04/18/2009 7:47:55 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: PJ-Comix

This is not the only movie about Che. Two were made back in the late 60s or early 70s. In one Jack Palance played the role of Castro.

Never heard of them either have you.


23 posted on 04/18/2009 7:49:15 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (14. Guns only have two enemies: rust and politicians.)
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To: tlb

But would not the earnings also be adjusted to around $9 million? So, Che still loses.


24 posted on 04/18/2009 7:59:54 AM PDT by I_be_tc
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>>>But would not the earnings also be adjusted to around $9 million? So, Che still loses.

Of course it loses, but which hurts you more. Losing 40 million, or losing 100 million ? The studio takes a bath on Che, but it’s not on the same level as with Heavens Gate or Ishtar. The comparison doesn’t hold. And either way, the studio writes it off the taxes as a business loss offsetting more profitable films.

btw, from memory, I think the movie that holds the record for highest rate of return is the Blair Witch Project.


25 posted on 04/18/2009 8:17:05 AM PDT by tlb
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To: PJ-Comix

They should make a movie about William Ayers. That movie would be a real bomb.


26 posted on 04/18/2009 8:40:52 AM PDT by Wilhelm Tell (True or False? This is not a tag line.)
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To: PJ-Comix
"horribly unaware"

Most people are horribly unaware of who Che was. I would bet most of the morons parading around in Che tee shirts have no clue about his past. And there is a sizable percentage of people who just don't know who he was period.

27 posted on 04/18/2009 12:37:08 PM PDT by driftless2 (four)
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It’s not really that big a bomb. The scale and expense of film is so much bigger today. 40 million is the budget for most cheapy teen sex comedies with c-list tv casts and january release dates.

Heaven’s Gate is notorious because it was one of the most expensive films ever made at the time and it’s failure brought down an entire movie studio. The shutter came down and United Artists was dead.

There was no secondary markets, no real home video market to speak of yet. What the flick earned at the boxoffice was it’s total earnings. Studios were ‘all-in’ at the time, privately owned and spending their own money on projects.

The equivalent bomb today would be a film that cost 250-300 million to make, 100 million to market, and had a 3 million opening weekend on its way to a 10 million total gross, with a small indie studio being the sole funder of the project.

Check the credits, this film had a million ‘producers’ which means it got made modern-day hedge style; a few hundred private investors tossing a few hundred grand into the the pot, pre-sold theatrical and distribution rights to 2 seperate studios to defray a few million in budget, but the studios are only on the hook for a few million themselves .. risk is spread so far and wide that no one gets hurt badly.

I dont understand why conservatives cant get films made. The formula is not risky.


28 posted on 04/19/2009 12:35:17 AM PDT by skipper18
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It was only released to 39 theaters. The current number one movie is in 3,255. It sickens me that this movie exists, but you can’t say it bombed by measuring the box office haul. It just was never intended to be a wide release.


29 posted on 04/19/2009 12:53:53 AM PDT by Rastus (Jedi mind tricks would work on Obama.)
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