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‘Alice’ Wins the Box Office Weekend (Anti-American Green Zone loses)
New York Times ^ | March 14, 2010

Posted on 03/14/2010 2:35:29 PM PDT by La Lydia

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood suffered its first major flop of the year over the weekend with the debut of the expensive Iraq thriller “Green Zone,” which sold an anemic $14.5 million in tickets at North American theaters. Despite playing in more than 3,000 theaters, “Green Zone,” starring Matt Damon and directed by Paul Greengrass (“The Bourne Ultimatum”), was a distant second to Walt Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland.” That fantasy film was No. 1 for the second weekend in a row, with about $62 million in ticket sales for a new total of $208.6 million...

Universal’s new leaders have pushed hard to sell the messy slate of movies they inherited — for instance, marketing “Green Zone” as an action movie in the vein of the “Bourne” movies. The release date for “Green Zone” was also changed repeatedly to move it as far away as possible from other Iraq-themed films.

But to a large degree the studio must simply grin and bear lackluster results while it burns off the pictures left behind by the ousted executives. “Hopefully, at the end of the day, ‘Green Zone’ will have a solid worldwide number,” said Nikki Rocco, Universal’s president of domestic distribution.

Overseas, “Green Zone” — which Universal approved in part to try to coax Mr. Greengrass into agreeing to direct a fourth “Bourne” movie, an effort that has so far been futile — sold an additional $10 million in tickets over the weekend. Relativity Media helped shoulder the budget...

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: boxoffice; flop; hollywood; wrongforum
Notice, the New York Times explains this failure with studio politics, and doesn't mention the fact that it is a boring anti-American diatribe in which Iraqis are the good guys and Americans are the evil ones.
1 posted on 03/14/2010 2:35:29 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!


2 posted on 03/14/2010 2:37:40 PM PDT by Marty62 (former Marty60)
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To: La Lydia

Any excuse will due for the America haters. QWhen will they learn that the PUBLIC is directly responsible for their paychecks.


3 posted on 03/14/2010 2:40:11 PM PDT by Marty62 (former Marty60)
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To: La Lydia

I hope the studio goes bankrupt.
Will probably be available on Netflix in 30 days or less.


4 posted on 03/14/2010 2:42:29 PM PDT by TET1968 (SI MINOR PLUS EST ERGO NIHIL SUNT OMNIA)
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To: La Lydia

I look at Matt Damon’s face and I know he hates everything I love.

Even if he did make a movie I could admire, I could never look at his face. Too bad, too sad.


5 posted on 03/14/2010 2:42:42 PM PDT by donna (SarahPAC has donated money to...(wait for it)...Lindsey Graham!)
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To: La Lydia

Green Zone cost $150 million due to budget overruns. And that didn’t include marketing costs. Biggest flop so far for the year. There will be layoffs at GE’s NBC Universal as a result of this flop. More hope and change for GE!


6 posted on 03/14/2010 2:45:18 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: TET1968

From the same people who brought you MSNBC...


7 posted on 03/14/2010 2:46:02 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: La Lydia

Maybe Americans don’t hate their Country as much as the media does?

Pray for America


8 posted on 03/14/2010 2:46:59 PM PDT by bray (Throw All the Bums Out, starting with McCain)
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To: La Lydia

“The Bourne Ultimatum”), was a distant second to Walt Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland.” ........................ Yup, Alice in Wonderland vs. Bourne in La La Land.


9 posted on 03/14/2010 2:48:40 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft
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To: La Lydia
“Hopefully, at the end of the day, ‘Green Zone’ will have a solid worldwide number,” said Nikki Rocco, Universal’s president of domestic distribution.

Great...our movie industry is helping fan the "hate America" flames around the world. Many of the lesser informed Muslim countries won't realize it's just more liberal idiocy, but believe it to be a documentary.

And it's our military that has to deal with the repercussions.

Thanksalot guys...

10 posted on 03/14/2010 2:49:20 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: La Lydia

I still think “Mystic Pizza” was the high point of Damon’s acting career.


11 posted on 03/14/2010 2:52:12 PM PDT by Ozone34 ("There are only two philosophies: Thomism and bullshitism!" -Leon Bloy)
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To: La Lydia

When are these mukes going to learn that the majority of the movie going public loves this country and will not pay to watch gratuitous attacks by the likes of Hollywood leftists.

The word is out, don’t go see this movie and no one is going.


12 posted on 03/14/2010 3:04:58 PM PDT by Titus-Maximus (Light from Light)
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To: La Lydia

I won’t be seeing Green Zone, neither will my kids. Nor will we ever rent it on DVD. You want to continue to make political statements Hollywood? Fine, I’m making an economic one - you won’t get any support from me for your drivel.


13 posted on 03/14/2010 3:08:39 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (obama out now! I'll keep my money, my guns, and my freedom - you can keep the change.)
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To: Marty62

I reject the media, the NYT and the Liberal’s in Holly-weird


14 posted on 03/14/2010 3:13:48 PM PDT by STD (-Obama Came Riding the Pale Horse of Islam, Now He's Mounted the Red One)
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To: La Lydia

Wow, who would have thunk that a movie about the Obama administration would do so well at the box office.


15 posted on 03/14/2010 3:14:58 PM PDT by mc5cents
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To: La Lydia

According to Boxofficemojo, GZ’s budget is $100m. That number usually doesn’t include marketing budget. Since studios usually get only about 50% of the gross (the other go to cinemas), it needs at least #200m to be break even. So far, the movie has made $24m only (world wide).


16 posted on 03/14/2010 3:20:41 PM PDT by paudio (Are you better off today than in 2006, when the Democrats took over the Congress?)
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To: paudio

I forgot. The $100m budget is on par with “Percy Jackson: The Olympian Theft”. That movie has made close to $200m worldwide. It’s an interesting fantasy movie that is based on a children book series. Its premise is that over time Mt. Olympus moves around, depending on where the center of Western civilization is at that time. Today, it’s above the Empire State Building, because the US is the center of the civilization.


17 posted on 03/14/2010 3:25:32 PM PDT by paudio (Are you better off today than in 2006, when the Democrats took over the Congress?)
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To: La Lydia

Watch Alice in 3D, pretty cool FX.


18 posted on 03/14/2010 3:27:06 PM PDT by nomad
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To: Bringbackthedraft
I heard “Alice in Wonderland” is “strange.” Two persons who saw it said they were turned off by it, said they just did not like it but were not more specific. What is wrong with Green Zone? I am not familiar with it and do not plan to see it.
19 posted on 03/14/2010 3:38:28 PM PDT by apocalypto
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To: La Lydia

I’m sure 0bama will enjoy “Green Zone.”


20 posted on 03/14/2010 3:50:15 PM PDT by libsrscum (Obama causes cancer.)
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To: apocalypto

Alice in Wonderland has always been strange. Dodgson himself was a bit of a strange bird.


21 posted on 03/14/2010 4:00:53 PM PDT by Caesar Soze
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To: apocalypto
"...New York Post film reviewer, Kyle Smith calls the movie ‘$100-million slime job’ and says ‘its slander’ and ‘one of the most egregiously anti-American movies ever released by a major studio.’ Some even call it a ‘political paranoia thriller’. "
22 posted on 03/14/2010 4:38:16 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

LOL! It seemed every other commercial on every channel was “FROM THE DIRECTOR OF THE BOURNE IDENTITY...”, too. They even bombarded websites with flash ads.

Damon won’t care - the little squirt got his money.


23 posted on 03/14/2010 4:41:55 PM PDT by RabidBartender
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To: RabidBartender
Damon won’t care - the little squirt got his money.

He is an actor. The worst thing for an actor is being considered insignificant and unloved. Their egos can't take it.

24 posted on 03/14/2010 4:48:08 PM PDT by WesternPacific (Deafness has its Advantages)
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To: La Lydia


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

25 posted on 03/14/2010 4:55:05 PM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: Caesar Soze
Alice in Wonderland has always been strange. Dodgson himself was a bit of a strange bird.

True enough, but when you add Tim Burton's brand of "strangeness"...

the infowarrior

26 posted on 03/14/2010 5:18:26 PM PDT by infowarrior
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To: infowarrior

If you want a laugh: http://entertainment.todaysbigthing.com/2010/03/04


27 posted on 03/14/2010 6:13:32 PM PDT by RabidBartender
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To: RabidBartender

God! That was stupid!!!


28 posted on 03/14/2010 7:15:39 PM PDT by jackibutterfly
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