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The first tea party movie? 'Atlas Shrugged' strikes a chord with activists.
Yahoo News ^ | April 22, 2011 | Patrik Jonsson

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.

QUIZ: How much do you know about the tea party?

"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. “They’re telling the government, ‘Just leave me alone. Let me hang onto my life and pursue my passions and rational self-interest.' That’s 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: atlasshrugged; aynrand; hollywood

1 posted on 04/29/2011 7:52:45 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: Clintonfatigued

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.


2 posted on 04/29/2011 7:59:15 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|http://pure-gas.org|Must be a day for changing taglines)
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To: Clintonfatigued

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.


3 posted on 04/29/2011 8:01:08 PM PDT by gaijin
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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.


4 posted on 04/29/2011 8:01:27 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|http://pure-gas.org|Must be a day for changing taglines)
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To: Clintonfatigued

This is an old article with old information.

There isn’t going to be any more parts made.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movies/2011/04/atlas-shrugged-producer-critics-you-won-hes-going-on-strike.html


5 posted on 04/29/2011 8:03:13 PM PDT by archivist007
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To: sionnsar

I’m trying to decide how to memorialize my ticket stubs.

They need to be commemorated somehow.


6 posted on 04/29/2011 8:07:16 PM PDT by NicknamedBob (I get my exercise. I take my vitamins. I tell pain it can come along, but it'll have to ride in back)
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To: archivist007; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; ExTexasRedhead

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.


7 posted on 04/29/2011 8:07:41 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Muslims are a people of love, peace, and goodwill, and if you say that they aren't, they'll kill you)
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To: archivist007; Clintonfatigued; sionnsar
"This is an old article with old information."

Your information too is out of date.

The fat lady hasn't sung yet.

8 posted on 04/29/2011 8:09:56 PM PDT by NicknamedBob (I get my exercise. I take my vitamins. I tell pain it can come along, but it'll have to ride in back)
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To: Clintonfatigued

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.


9 posted on 04/29/2011 8:16:01 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: archivist007

You believed the LA Slimes ? LOL !

“They’re 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:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2712243/posts


10 posted on 04/29/2011 8:16:20 PM PDT by Kellis91789 (There's a reason the mascot of the Democratic Party is a jackass.)
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To: Kellis91789

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.


11 posted on 04/29/2011 8:20:05 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: NicknamedBob

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.

http://www.altfg.com/blog/movie/atlas-shrugged-sequels-ayn-rand-john-aglialoro/


12 posted on 04/29/2011 8:22:58 PM PDT by archivist007
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To: archivist007; sionnsar

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.”


13 posted on 04/29/2011 8:31:36 PM PDT by NicknamedBob (I get my exercise. I take my vitamins. I tell pain it can come along, but it'll have to ride in back)
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To: Clintonfatigued

atlast scrubbs, has nothing to do with the tea party, atlast scrubbs is a liber-turd thing.


14 posted on 04/29/2011 8:34:50 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: org.whodat; Clintonfatigued
"atlast scrubbs, has nothing to do with the tea party, atlast scrubbs is a liber-turd thing."

*Cleanup on aisle three!*

15 posted on 04/29/2011 8:40:48 PM PDT by NicknamedBob (I get my exercise. I take my vitamins. I tell pain it can come along, but it'll have to ride in back)
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To: archivist007; All
There isn’t going to be any more parts made.

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...

16 posted on 04/29/2011 9:31:38 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("We stand together or we fall apart" mt)
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To: Clintonfatigued
I’m thinking that it’ll do very well on DVD

And get it on netflix - needs good PR still

17 posted on 04/29/2011 9:49:49 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("We stand together or we fall apart" mt)
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To: maine-iac7

The movie has got me interested in the book. I know it would take me forever to read.


18 posted on 04/29/2011 9:49:54 PM PDT by archivist007
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To: Kellis91789
WHEW - thank you for that information!

Now I can go to bed happy -

19 posted on 04/29/2011 9:51:37 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("We stand together or we fall apart" mt)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Excellent movie and enjoyed it alot.

Pray for America


20 posted on 04/29/2011 10:37:31 PM PDT by bray (The Country Club can hold THEIR noses this election)
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To: archivist007
The size of he book is daunting - but it won't take you forever - just make sure you don't have anything else pressing to do for a while - as you'll find it hard to put down. ;o)
21 posted on 04/29/2011 10:39:21 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("We stand together or we fall apart" mt)
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To: maine-iac7

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.


22 posted on 04/29/2011 10:44:35 PM PDT by wastedyears (It has nothing to do with safety, and everything to do with control.)
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To: wastedyears

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.”


23 posted on 04/29/2011 11:04:49 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("We stand together or we fall apart" mt)
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To: Clintonfatigued

>>> ‘Atlas Shrugged’ strikes a chord with activists.

Apparently not a very loud chord. Up to date information makes me skeptical about the sequels.

Atlas Shrugged

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.


24 posted on 04/30/2011 1:35:09 AM PDT by tlb
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To: maine-iac7
The liberal way - demanding those rich people bail out the failures.

“We Can’t Just Let the Rich Relax & Count Their Money”

25 posted on 04/30/2011 1:53:32 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all - Aristotle)
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To: archivist007

When I e-mailed from the Atlas Shrugged website they said, “We’re not on strike yet.”


26 posted on 04/30/2011 10:11:02 AM PDT by WVNan
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To: wastedyears

Go to a used bookstore, or get it on Amazon as a used book.


27 posted on 04/30/2011 10:15:15 AM PDT by WVNan
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To: tlb
looking just at last Thursdays grosses, Atlas came in 16th, bringing in $96,929.

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.

28 posted on 04/30/2011 10:18:01 AM PDT by WVNan
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29 posted on 04/30/2011 10:34:59 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: wastedyears
I do want to read Atlas Shrugged, but I can’t bugger
myself enough to go out and get it.

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. :)


30 posted on 05/01/2011 11:05:51 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (You do not have to smear (Pharaoh / Imam) Obama w/ lies....the truth does a fine job. :)
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31 posted on 05/17/2011 7:45:49 AM PDT by Publius
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To: WVNan

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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlas_Shrugged:_Part_I#Box_office

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,[23] 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.[24] 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.[25]

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%.[26] These poor returns led producer John Aglialoro to cancel his plans for a wide release, saying: “Critics, you won.”[27]

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.[26]


32 posted on 05/17/2011 8:16:03 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido
Why are you re-posting this stale news -

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?

33 posted on 05/17/2011 11:23:31 AM PDT by maine-iac7 (watch the other hand)
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To: maine-iac7

What????????


34 posted on 05/17/2011 12:03:47 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: maine-iac7; Publius

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?


35 posted on 05/17/2011 12:05:51 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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