November 21, 2007
ANOTHER HOLLYWOOD SUICIDE BOMB: Wagner James Au emails:
Not sure anyone's pointed this out yet, but *Redacted* was a giant bomb, I mean just disastrous in relation to profile, ranking *50th* place in last weekend's box office receipts.
Grossing $25,628 in 15 theaters, which means an audience of roughly 3000 people *in the entire country*. It's not even doing well for an indy movie; for example, note that a Joe Strummer documentary playing in less theaters still made more in its third week. This despite an A list director, a huge wave of publicity, high praise in the Times, the New Yorker, left-leaning sites like Salon, etc.etc.-- not even many people who presumably agree with the movie's anti-war movie thesis made the effort to see it.
Ouch. Lions for Lambs isn't exactly raking it in, either.