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How bad is it?
Posted by: McQ on Sunday, December 09, 2007

Apparently pretty bad. Byron York reports:
Brian De Palma's "Redacted," the Iraqi war movie that won the best director prize at the Venice Film Festival but has been dismissed as loathsome and awful in other circles, has been in theaters – okay, 15 theaters – nationwide for three weeks now. According to BoxOfficeMojo, during that time it has grossed a total of $60,456 domestically.
3 weeks (21 days) times 15 theaters equals 315 showings (at a minimum - I know films get multiple showings per day per theater, but go with me on this). $60,456/315 = $191.19 per day per theater. What's that, 20 to 25 people a day? Heck, that won't pay the salaries of the kids behind the concession stand for the day.

I'd say that qualifies as a flop.
 
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It will get an Oscar nomination if not the Oscar itself for one of the categories.

Unfortunately that will probably re-energize it financially somewhat.
 
Written By: jpm100
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I’d simply say that this is a case of "Casting your pearls before swine." He won a Palm D’Or for Jeebus’ SAKE!?!?! Wake Up Sheeple, it is a GREAT film...A Frick’n PALM D’OR! Plus, Cuban has had some HAWT dance partners....
 
Written By: Joe
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You know what movie was good, at least when it came to the military?

Transformers.

I’m not saying it was a good movie. It was what it was which is the movie version of a cartoon designed exclusively to sell toys. But it didn’t suffer from the need to be relevant either, and if you want to suffer, a movie trying to be relevant will do it.

The military guys in it were heroic and the military itself competent.

I’m a bit confused and torn between declaring that the military unit details were really screwed up and watching it again with attention to uniforms to see if the seemingly mixed unit was actually right even if they never explained the weirdness. I’d heard they filmed part of the movie at an Air Force base here in New Mexico and the AF uniforms might have been part of the deal and who cares if it’s not accurate? But the surviving unit in the movie could have been forward air control attached to a special forces unit. So I suppose I’ll have to watch it again instead of halfway through realizing the uniforms were very strange.
 
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Yeah, but they’ll make a lot of money in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, etc.
 
Written By: tom scott
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Tom Scott,

I bet they don’t make much money in those countries. Maybe in Europe.

People in most parts of the world want action films or comedies, not political claptrap.
 
Written By: Harun
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Harun-This is what I was referring to. And it’s also true of other anti-American films. Granted, this film is not an American film-just American stars. But look at this gross for Lions for Lambs.
 
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Tom,

Lions for Lambs was shown in Taiwan (it lasted maybe two weeks?) and I saw the ads for it on TV. From the ads, it looked like an action movie with some taught tension in Washington.

It was not billed as an anti-war film.

Sure, it made money here, off the backs of unsuspecting movie goers who were expecting something totally different.

But yes, these political movies do seep into the consciousness here, too. It really sucks.
 
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