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Anti-Military 'Green Zone' Bombs at Box Office
NewsBusters ^ | March 15, 2010 | P.J. Gladnick

Posted on 03/15/2010 9:51:52 AM PDT by PJ-Comix

It seems that Hollywood never learns its lesson. The anti-military "Green Zone" has now become but the latest of such movies to bomb bigtime at the box office. This report from a Los Angeles Times blog chronicles how "Green Zones" has joined a list of similar financial disasters such as "In the Valley of Elah," "Rendition," and "Redacted":

"Green Zone" is the last drama set to be released by a major studio related to the Iraq war, and Hollywood is undoubtedly grateful for it after the picture, directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Matt Damon, opened to just $14.5 million domestically and $9.7 million overseas.

It's the latest in a string of flops that include "Body of Lies," "The Kingdom" and "Stop-Loss." Even "The Hurt Locker," while not a major disappointment given its low budget, is the lowest- grossing best picture Oscar winner in recent history.


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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: greenzone; mattdamon
Another leftwing BO disaster flick.
1 posted on 03/15/2010 9:51:53 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

Matt Damon is a short twerp. He is getting more anti-American. Glad to see this movie tanking.


2 posted on 03/15/2010 9:53:59 AM PDT by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: PJ-Comix
MaTt DaMoN


3 posted on 03/15/2010 9:54:38 AM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: PJ-Comix

There’s about 4 threads on this already. And I’ve stated in at least two, that I’ll never watch, rent or own any production that includes Matt Damon in its credits. Ever.

Nor will I patronize any flick that is remotely anti-American.


4 posted on 03/15/2010 9:54:47 AM PDT by bcsco (Obama: Hokus Pokus POTUS)
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To: PJ-Comix

“meaning it will be a major money loser.”
Excellent!


5 posted on 03/15/2010 9:57:48 AM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: PJ-Comix
I am surprised this movie is tanking. The TV spots make it look like Bourne IV. Maybe word got around in e-mails that this movie was anti-American? Or maybe Matt Damon has worn out his box office appeal because everybody knows he's a lib tool now?

I know a guy who went to see it. He's a republican, but has to see everything new. He found it disgusting and regretted the ticket purchase. And he saw Avatar 3 times.

6 posted on 03/15/2010 10:03:46 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: bcsco
And I’ve stated in at least two, that I’ll never watch, rent or own any production that includes Matt Damon in its credits. Ever.

Have you ever heard the saying, "There's no such thing as bad publicity"?

7 posted on 03/15/2010 10:05:09 AM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker (People should not be afraid of the government. Governement should be afraid of the people)
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To: Frantzie

I saw him in NYC.He look like he’s on a heavy regime of HGH.


8 posted on 03/15/2010 10:05:12 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: PJ-Comix
I honor of the Government “Stimulus”, they need to get right on “Green Zone 2” immediately! Since Unemployment payments and food stamps are the very best thing to get an economy really going! (Pelosi)
9 posted on 03/15/2010 10:06:24 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP ( Give me Liberty, or give me an M-24A2!)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

If it doesn’t in the end generate revenue, how can it be good publicity? There are people swearing never to see or rent another film that he’s in. That means they’ve lost that person for this actor and any work he’s in, forever - no money for sure from that person.

Entertainment is the kind of stuff people don’t care too much about since it’s disposable income. The people who vow not to see someone take it much more seriously and follow through NOT to spend money on certain films/actors than those who don’t care much one way or the other.

If it were true hollyweird wouldn’t be tanking so hard with lots of the crap they’re generating, if there was no such thing as bad publicity.


10 posted on 03/15/2010 10:11:07 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker
Have you ever heard the saying, "There's no such thing as bad publicity"?

Irrelevant to my personal decisions.

11 posted on 03/15/2010 10:11:50 AM PDT by bcsco (Obama: Hokus Pokus POTUS)
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To: Dr. Ursus

Sounds like Tiger. I bet he is doing HGH. He will eventually pay is he is. He is a twerp.


12 posted on 03/15/2010 10:13:17 AM PDT by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: Scotsman will be Free

You expressed my thought. This is excellent news. I hope Hollywood continues to bankroll these types of films and the sooner the better. The quicker they spend money on this crap, the less they will have to make other crap.


13 posted on 03/15/2010 10:20:24 AM PDT by dominic flandry
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To: PJ-Comix

“The anti-military “Green Zone” has now become but the latest of such movies to bomb bigtime at the box office.”

Ha ha! Serves them right.


14 posted on 03/15/2010 10:23:15 AM PDT by Old Grumpy
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To: bcsco
FR should have a group that will award new releases some kind of rating. Things to rate on a scale from 1 to 10 could be:

Anti-American

Anti-Military

Pro Socialism

Revisionist History

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

The Green Zone, for instance would be (10, 10, 10, 10, 10) with a minus 1000 for having a marxist buffoon like penn-head or mut damn-on involved anywhere.

Start and maintain a BLACKLIST OF THE THE PRODUCERS, by the way.

15 posted on 03/15/2010 10:28:17 AM PDT by Huebolt (Democrat = (national socialist) = NAZI)
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To: PJ-Comix
GMTA
16 posted on 03/15/2010 10:32:44 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (If you have a right / To the service I provide / I must be your slave.)
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To: PJ-Comix

I dunno - this review suggests the real outrage should be directed at Cheney, and somehow manages to mix it up with Catholicism, with Mark Shea’s approval:

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/green_zone_and_torture


17 posted on 03/15/2010 10:40:21 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (I loathe the ground he slithers on!)
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To: PJ-Comix

I wonder what the box office response would be if we showed an Iraq war hero story - maybe the siege of Fallujah?


18 posted on 03/15/2010 10:45:03 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (This tagline can beat up Sean Penn)
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To: Personal Responsibility

I thought The Kingodm was a decent movie. I didn’t get the feeling it was anti-military.


19 posted on 03/15/2010 10:49:34 AM PDT by ground_fog
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To: Huebolt
FR should have a group that will award new releases some kind of rating.

We do a pretty good job as it is. Someone posts a thread about a new movie, and those in the know give their 'take'. Works for me. The only problem is multiple threads (like we already have 5-6 on this movie already today...).

20 posted on 03/15/2010 10:51:57 AM PDT by bcsco (Obama: Hokus Pokus POTUS)
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To: Secret Agent Man
Entertainment is the kind of stuff people don’t care too much about since it’s disposable income.

Please refresh my memory on the concept of "disposable income." I have vague recollections of it, but that was over 25 years ago, before getting married and having children.

21 posted on 03/15/2010 10:52:16 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (If Dick Cheney = Darth Vader, then Joe Biden = Dark Helmet)
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To: PJ-Comix

both “the kingdom,” and “the hurt locker” were pretty darn good movies imho. i had relatively small issues with each, but...


22 posted on 03/15/2010 10:52:47 AM PDT by robomatik (III%)
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To: PJ-Comix

Is Matt Damon a Ferengi?...


23 posted on 03/15/2010 11:08:30 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: dominic flandry

The more our country calls these clowns on their anti americanism, the sooner we get rid of them.


24 posted on 03/15/2010 11:55:51 AM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: bcsco
Irrelevant to my personal decisions

Why post two threads that will generate 'publicity', adverse or otherwise, for someone you don't like?

25 posted on 03/15/2010 12:40:37 PM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker (People should not be afraid of the government. Governement should be afraid of the people)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

What threads did I post?


26 posted on 03/15/2010 12:41:46 PM PDT by bcsco (Obama: Hokus Pokus POTUS)
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To: Secret Agent Man
If it doesn’t in the end generate revenue, how can it be good publicity? There are people swearing never to see or rent another film that he’s in. That means they’ve lost that person for this actor and any work he’s in, forever - no money for sure from that person.

Have you ever heard the saying, "Say anything you want about me as long as you spell my name right"?

27 posted on 03/15/2010 12:47:48 PM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker (People should not be afraid of the government. Governement should be afraid of the people)
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To: bcsco
What threads did I post?

My mistake. I mis-read your posting in two threads to posting two threads.

It doesn't change what I said.

28 posted on 03/15/2010 12:52:35 PM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker (People should not be afraid of the government. Governement should be afraid of the people)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

Yes, and I asked you a question you didn’t bother to answer. I am saying these two sayings aren’t always true. The fact people are swearing off certain actors for life is not evidence of bad publicity being good publicity.


29 posted on 03/15/2010 1:42:05 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
If it doesn’t in the end generate revenue, how can it be good publicity?

In Hollyweird, it's a fact of life that not every movie an actor is in is a hit. This doesn't change the bankability of certain actors. Just because this one was a flop doesn't mean that Matt Damon doesn't put butts in seats. It just means that the vehicle he chose this time wasn't that good.

I am saying these two sayings aren’t always true. The fact people are swearing off certain actors for life is not evidence of bad publicity being good publicity.

How many people actually swear off actors for life? In reality, not that many. Most people aren't news junkies. Most could care less about an actor's politics as long as he's in an entertaining movie. It wasn't Matt Damon that made this most recent flick a flop. It was that no one wanted to see (yet another) movie about the war in Iraq.

30 posted on 03/15/2010 2:22:16 PM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker (People should not be afraid of the government. Governement should be afraid of the people)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker
It wasn't Matt Damon that made this most recent flick a flop.

If the star of the film had been Matt Noname instead of Matt Damon the film would have flopped far worse. Probably 90% of the people that saw it went to see a Matt Damon movie not a "Liberals Bash the US" movie.

Of course, if the star of the film had been Matt Noname it wouldn't have cost $230 Million to make either.

31 posted on 03/15/2010 3:12:42 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: Bubba_Leroy
If the star of the film had been Matt Noname instead of Matt Damon the film would have flopped far worse. Probably 90% of the people that saw it went to see a Matt Damon movie not a "Liberals Bash the US" movie.

True enough.

32 posted on 03/15/2010 3:38:51 PM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker (People should not be afraid of the government. Governement should be afraid of the people)
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To: PJ-Comix; Frantzie; Dallas59; bcsco; Scotsman will be Free; Sans-Culotte; Ol' Dan Tucker; ...

Weekend box office results (from Boxofficemojo):

1 Alice in Wonderland, $34,500,000
2 Diary of a Wimpy Kid, $21,800,000 (I took my kid to this - funny movie)
3 The Bounty Hunter, $21,000,000 (Gerard Butler/Jennifer Aniston)
4 Repo Men, $6,151,000 (some flick about repossessing body organs)
5 She’s Out of My League, $6,015,000
6 Green Zone, $5,963,000, total in two weeks: $24,702,000, down 58% from opening weekend

“Matt Damon! Matt Damon!”


33 posted on 03/22/2010 11:21:20 AM PDT by RabidBartender
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To: PJ-Comix

My daughter and son-in-law saw it by accident last week (they have two toddlers and haven’t been out of the house in a while, and the movie they wanted to see was sold out, so since the baby sitter was there, they saw it). They are conservatives (my son-in-law was with me at the March for Justice in ‘98) and he said it was AWFUL. Unwatchable...aside from the barf-inspiring politics.


34 posted on 03/22/2010 11:25:50 AM PDT by Pharmboy (The Stone Age did not end because they ran out of stones...)
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To: RabidBartender; PJ-Comix
6 Green Zone, $5,963,000, total in two weeks: $24,702,000, down 58% from opening weekend

At this rate I'll never see it make money in my lifetime. I don't know what production costs are to put a movie out on DVD/BlueRay, but they may want to reconsider that as well. If you find yourself in the hole, stop digging...

35 posted on 03/22/2010 11:29:02 AM PDT by bcsco (Obama: Hokus Pokus POTUS)
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To: RabidBartender
As I said earlier, movie stars are in box office bombs all the time.

For example, the two leading actors in Alice, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter previously starred in Sweeney Todd, which was, by all accounts, a real stinker.

In its opening weekend, Todd was ranked at #5 and took in a measly $9 million and had a total domestic gross of $52 million during it's entire run. (See: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)

Yet, the very same actors in another movie (Alice) are a hit.

36 posted on 03/22/2010 11:33:27 AM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker (People should not be afraid of the government. Governement should be afraid of the people)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

The bottom line is that star power can easily make a hit out of a good movie that, without a big name star, no one outside of the actors’ immediate families would ever see. Sometimes, star power can even make a hit out of a mediocre move.

If, however, a movie truly stinks, it doesn’t matter who is in it. Movie stars cannot raise the dead, although many of them think that they can walk on water.


37 posted on 03/22/2010 6:35:13 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: Bubba_Leroy
The bottom line is that star power can easily make a hit out of a good movie that, without a big name star, no one outside of the actors’ immediate families would ever see. Sometimes, star power can even make a hit out of a mediocre move.

This is mostly true, but a lot of it depends on the movie.

The biggest name in American Graffiti was Ron Howard. The two biggest stars in Star Wars were Peter Cushing and Alec Guinness. The rest of the cast were selected specifically because they were no-name actors. Both of these were monster hits.

And, everyone laughed when they saw previews of Bruce Willis in Die Hard, but that turned him from a TV star into a major box office star. Same for Alan Rickman. This was a movie zero big-name stars, yet it was a huge hit that spawned several sequels.

If, however, a movie truly stinks, it doesn’t matter who is in it. Movie stars cannot raise the dead, although many of them think that they can walk on water.

This is 100% true. But, like I said before, being in a stinker doesn't really affect a star's bankability. There isn't an actor in Hollyweird who hasn't made a box-office bomb, even Harrison Ford. Remember "Frantic"? Man, what a waste of celluloid that was.

38 posted on 03/22/2010 7:24:36 PM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker (People should not be afraid of the government. Governement should be afraid of the people)
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