Skip to comments.The first tea party movie? 'Atlas Shrugged' strikes a chord with activists.
Posted on 04/29/2011 7:52:41 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
The relative box-office success of the independent film "Atlas Shrugged," based on the bestselling Ayn Rand novel that features the character John Galt, has reportedly surprised Hollywood insiders who took a pass on the script. It shouldn't have.
The box-office results show that cinematic clashes between self-made industrialists and government bureaucrats fit this moment in American history snugly, addressing both tea party sentiments and polls that show growing pessimism about the direction of the country.
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"Atlas Shrugged: Part I" (Parts II and III are reportedly in the planning stages) cost $10 million and wrapped in 26 days. Last weekend when it opened, it reported a respectable $5,640 per-theater take, with a Duluth, Ga., theater leading the way with more than $25,000 in receipts. In all, the movie earned $1.7 million in 244 theaters the first weekend, enough to warrant further distribution.
With no studio backing for a public-relations blitz, co-producers John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow pushed the movie out through various "Randian" fan networks and tea party channels, including Dick Armey's FreedomWorks. Despite critical panning (Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson called it a "model of mediocrity") and some admittedly two-dimensional characters, the movie seems to have struck a chord among at least some concerned Americans.
People are hungry for what these characters are saying, Mr. Aglialoro told The Washington Times. Theyre telling the government, Just leave me alone. Let me hang onto my life and pursue my passions and rational self-interest.' Thats what will benefit society.
For their part, critics see "Atlas Shrugged" as a dangerous balm "for conservatives, free marketeers, predatory capitalists, and people who hate the government and the poor," in the words of Huffington Post columnist Jonathan Kim.
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Not a great movie, in terms of cinetography, and it probably helps to have read the book through first — but I am glad I saw Part I, and hope to see Parts II and III.
I saw it 3 hours ago —great movie!!
The actor for Reardon was especially good.
I think a viewer would only get a full appreciation for the book if all THREE installments were seen.
After I lobbied my local theatre, they brought it here.
I was the youngest in the audience.
I should add that I watched it at just about the worst time, considering date & traffic, so only a dozen of us were in the theater in a liberalsville center — but it garnered near-universal applause at the end.
This is an old article with old information.
There isn’t going to be any more parts made.
I’m trying to decide how to memorialize my ticket stubs.
They need to be commemorated somehow.
I’m thinking that it’ll do very well on DVD. They haven’t ruled out doing sequels, although it seems less likely. The “mainstream” critics are doing their best to deep-six the movie.
Your information too is out of date.
The fat lady hasn't sung yet.
The trailer looked fantastic, just wish they’d hurry up and go DVD and screw the critics and theater owners who are out to trash the thing.
You believed the LA Slimes ? LOL !
Theyre revitalizing me with their outrageousness. Aglialoro went on to state he had been misunderstood when he said the critical drubbing the film took influenced him to abandon the second and third films in the Atlas Shrugged franchise. He confirmed that he has no intention to go on strike.
Article is two days later than the one you linked:
That’s a relief! I think the first film will do very well with DVD sales, and the second and third will make their money back (at least). He’s performing a real service by putting this up on the screen.
I just found an article just after you mention it still being on. I think Aglialoro realized he shot himself in the foot by saying there wasn’t going to be another one. After hearing that, I would have not seen it. I am sure others wouldn’t too. He had to backtrack I think so at least make a little more money.
In reality, I think the other parts will not be made because there isn’t money to do so. Even if they are made, the cast is going to be different.
The ideal way to shoot multipart pictures is to do it all in one shot with the same cast. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of money to do it this way.
I am confident.
The book sells well, even after all these years.
Mr. Aglialoro and I may not agree on business matters, which is probably a good thing for his business. But since he was willing to risk a large amount in the first movie, having made much of it back would seem to indicate that persevering to the finish would be the wisest course.
“When you’re going through ... (a devilishly difficult place) ... keep on going.”
atlast scrubbs, has nothing to do with the tea party, atlast scrubbs is a liber-turd thing.
*Cleanup on aisle three!*
We should all email Trump - he could drop the money for the production of the other 2 and get them out soon - It would be chump change to trump.
If he's sincere about his concern for the country and business - he should bankroll this - and see that there's enough money to get it the distribution it should have -
Maybe email Ted Nugent too - he could drop some money into it without hurting his bottom line.
Maybe we should email all the conservative millionaires we can think of - Clint Eastwood - and ???
We can't let the enemy win this.
I hope Aglialoro won't really give up so soon! That's not what Reardon or Tagget etc would do...
And get it on netflix - needs good PR still
The movie has got me interested in the book. I know it would take me forever to read.
Now I can go to bed happy -
Excellent movie and enjoyed it alot.
Pray for America
So far Unintended Consequences is the largest single book I’ve read. Very interesting > 800 pages.
I do want to read Atlas Shrugged, but I can’t bugger myself enough to go out and get it.
Can’t remember the last time I bought a book in a ‘store.”
Amazon is my friend - never have to leave the house. And I get most of my books for pennies on the dollar - “new or used.”
>>> ‘Atlas Shrugged’ strikes a chord with activists.
Apparently not a very loud chord. Up to date information makes me skeptical about the sequels.
Domestic Total as of Apr. 28, 2011: $3,479,254
Production Budget: $20 million
Opening Weekend: $1,686,347
(#14 rank, 299 theaters, $5,640 average)
% of Total Gross: 48.5%
Looking just at last Thursdays grosses, Atlas came in 16th, bringing in $96,929. Tyler Perry in drag’s latest Medea move earned $1,089,575. Even the awful “Arthur” remake made $301,358.
That adds up to a debacle. A movie was a poor choice to present the subject matter. An extended mini-series would have made a lot more sense.
“We Can’t Just Let the Rich Relax & Count Their Money”
When I e-mailed from the Atlas Shrugged website they said, “We’re not on strike yet.”
Go to a used bookstore, or get it on Amazon as a used book.
The target audience for this film was always going to be conservatives. How many conservatives do you know who would go to the movies during Holy Week/Easter? I believe that is why the second week tanked.
Hey. You don't have read it all @ once, just a few pages @ a time
within a month, you'll be finished w/ the book....smarter & wiser.
(& then re-read it again. :)
Apparently, conservatives also stayed away in droves even after Easter. From Wiki, just for what it’s worth, but it is footnoted. I saw it twice and loved it, btw. Hope this turns out to be a sleeper movie and that it gets popular via Netflix.
Box officeAtlas Shrugged: Part I was a box office bomb. The film opened on 300 screens on April 15, 2011, and made $1,676,917 in its opening weekend, finishing in 14th place overall, but when compared on a per-screen basis, it finished 9th, or 3rd if films on less than 100 screens are discounted, with $5590 per screen. Producers announced expansion to 423 theaters several days after release, and spoke of their intent to place the movie in 1000 theaters by the end of April 2011.
Ticket sales dropped off significantly in its second week of release, despite opening an additional 165 screens. The per-screen average dropped 71% from $2,254 dollars on the opening Friday to $660 one week later, with the result that despite the increased number of screens, the total revenue actually dropped by 54%. These poor returns led producer John Aglialoro to cancel his plans for a wide release, saying: “Critics, you won.”
The box office collapse continued in the third week of release. Instead of the 1000 screens the producers promised, the film ended April playing on 371 screens, with total sales on the third Friday down 58% from the previous Friday. The following Friday the total sales fell another 57%, marking an unbroken pattern since the film’s release in which Friday ticket sales dropped more than 50% week over week.
the movie has since broken out in the main stream theaters and doing well. I saw in in a 'regular' theater - even up here in Maine - and it showed across the state.
what is your agenda - one could wonder. Will you be keeping track of this thread and re-post that every month?
Try to pay attention. I’ll speak slowly for you.
1) Publius reposted this. If you have an issue, take it up with him. Geez.
2) Reposting my own words: “I saw it twice and loved it, btw. Hope this turns out to be a sleeper movie and that it gets popular via Netflix.”
Got it now?