Skip to comments.ATLAS SHRUGGED
Posted on 04/18/2011 6:41:10 AM PDT by cgchief
I'm sure it won't be reported by the mainstream media, but does anyone have an idea on how Atlas Shrugged did at the box office this weekend?
I was wondering the same thing this morning.
there are several threads on AS including some sites for box office
Probably not well. I live in a decent sized metro area (Norfolk, VA) and the closest place playing the movie is in Richmond, or about 2 hours away. I want to see it, but I’m not to that extent. I’ll wait for DVD.
It did ok. About $5,500 per screen which isn’t bad. If word of mouth bumps it to 1,000 screens in the next weeks or so, it will likely be profitable.
1.7 million does not sound like a lot. How many theaters was it playing in? I could not get a ticket this weekend. The only two theaters near me playing it were all sold out the whole weekend.
I hit the opening weekend box office pretty close on Saturday, based on the Friday box office.
That’s a good take. Hopefully it can get more screens.
300 theaters. not many.
@ $5500 per screen... if they rolled out to 2000 screens, they have brought in $11m on a single night. possibly $20m+ the weekend
I dont have the $ numbers but I read it came in 3rd overall with 15% of ticket sales this weekend. It came in behind “Scream 4” and “rio”. Pretty good for only being in 300 theaters.
Domestic Total as of Apr. 17, 2011: $1,677,000 (Estimate)
Distributor: Rocky Mountain Pictures Release Date: April 15, 2011
Genre: Drama Runtime: 1 hrs. 42 min.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Production Budget: $10 million
Theater owners are interested in profits so I imagine that many of them might see how well it did and hopefully the viewings will be expanded this second weekend. Probably find out Thursday when theaters usually change up their movies.
IMDB doesn’t show it in the top 10, however, it had a limited release this past weekend so we may not get numbers until it has a full nation-wide release.
True. If it expands, and the a.s. the movie facebook says it will, more money PLUS don’t forget DVDs, poss. overseas markets etc. It’s going against the grain of film critics, who would laud “An Inconvenient Truth Pt 2” if that were to be made. Ordinary movie viewers are for the most part applauding this film.
theaters are chains these days. the chains are owned by people with an agenda. they deliberately keep duds in the theaters to block other films.
the left will put ideology ahead of money, especially if it will directly impact or address their efforts
Was only showing in 2 more obscure theaters here in the DC area ... Went last night and attendance was light, but that’s usually true on a sunday night ...and also when gas prices are up to $4 per gallon, poeple could be cutting back on going out.
However I’m sure the politburo has it restricted ... esp around DC.
Scream 4: $5,833/screen
Atlas Shrugged: $5,590/screen
Normally, dropoff is at least 50% by the second weekend, and most movies are gone after three. "Passion of the Christ" was absolutely unique because of the way Mel developed the promotion.
Here is another great source.
I think this one is going to develop different from most movies. After all, Atlas Shrugged (the book) has been a decent seller for over 50 years, since publication 1n 1957.
In fact, here’s how Wikipedia describes sales: “Atlas Shrugged received largely negative reviews after its 1957 publication, but achieved enduring popularity and consistent sales in the following decades.”
Well, the movie has the negative reviews part accomplished already. Professional reviews at Rottentomatoes.com were universally bad scoring 5/100. Yet Audience Reviews were high (85/100) in spite of being biased downward by people with an ax to grind (the takers/moochers.) This was purportedly the largest spread between professional reviewers and audience reviewers ever seen on that site.
As people discuss this movie, they are going to point out how faithful Part 1 was to the book. That discussion is going to build awareness of the book itself, which very few people under 30 have even heard of, much less read. Book sales are already increasing, and they will probably skyrocket over the next year, as people prepare for Part 2 to be issued on tax-day, 2012.
I don’t know how the movie sales will ultimately go, but word of mouth on the book and the movie are going to be significant.
What those harping on Rand’s anti-religious views miss is that Rand’s economic/political philosophy provides a sound basis for a conservative Christian’s economic/political philosophy without the need to inject the religious aspect into that philosophy. You do so at your own choice, for they are not incompatible. Her book doesn’t tear down religion; it just doesn’t rely upon it for an understanding of politics and economics, topics she understands quite well, obviously, since she essentially foreshadowed the direction the U.S. (and certainly Europe) would take over the next several decades.
The question now is whether those of us who recognize the accuracy of her message are numerous enough and have the political will to turn the country around. If this movie bombs, that will not be a particularly good sign in that regard.
Incidentally, you know how you tend to feel ignorant when someone mentions a scene in a movie (say The Godfather, for example) but you haven’t seen the movie or read the book? There’s going to be a lot of such feelings in the ranks of Independents, and even Conservatives, over the next few weeks. And how does one overcome that feeling of ignorance? One reads the book or goes to the movie, obviously.
That said, I’d suggest that one conversational gambit most of us could try using over the next month or so should be: “Oh, really, you’ve never read Atlas Shrugged? Well, the movie pretty much nailed the first third of the book.”
Well said. I certainly hope it maintains steady, if not growing, audiences. I very badly want to see it, but I won’t be back in the US until 12 May.
No, this isn’t good. Most movies do not last past three weeks, and have to make back all expenses on the first week. There are rare exceptions, almost always with unique marketing plans (”Passion of the Christ”) or limited theatrical release that builds (”Slumdog Millionaire,” “Paranormal Activity”). For a 300-release movie to generate $1.7 m the first weekend against a (stated) $10 m budget isn’t good at all. And I never believe the stated budget. It’s likely at least $12 m not counting P&A, which means it’s in reality a $20m movie.
It depends on how many screens they can add. If they can open on 1,000 screens this weekend, they might be able to pull in another $3 million. If they can do that, they will turn a small profit in the long run.
Just by comparison, "Scream 4" opened at $18.7 million---ten times higher than "Atlas," but with name talent (Bell, Panatierre, Cox and Campbell). It has a $40 m budget, so, if true, it will be very close to , and in a month domestic will be in the black before DVD and foreign. I'm on a remote computer and don't have my IMDB login, so I can't check the budget, but "Soul Surfer" did $10m this weekend, and I wouldn't think that was a big-budget film. No stars.
A friend and I went to go see it, we had a blast! All the little references int he movie and the eerie parallels with society today was breathtaking.
I recommend seeing this move, in fact i am going to Amazon.com to order the DVD for it RIGHT NOW.
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