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Friday, November 09, 2012

• • • ATLAS SHRUGGED PART 2: Censorship-Induced Box-Office Bomb? 
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Atheism  |Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  |Image  | Right-wingers should accept the fact that Atlas Shrugged Part 2 bombed in the “Free Market” of their nightmares — the one that doesn’t behave according to (idealized) ideological thought. In fact, using the Free Marketers’ own ideology, it’s easy to explain the frigid reception for the Ayn Rand movie adaptation at the box office.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

• • • ATLAS SHRUGGED PART 2 Movie Collapses on Weekend No. 3 
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Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  | Atlas Shrugged: Part II, the second installment in a planned movie trilogy based on Ayn Rand’s cult novel, plunged 85% on its third weekend out after losing 798 locations. The (reportedly) $20m-budgeted drama about the moral and intellectual superiority of the rich and well-dressed has to date collected a dismal $3.2m at the North American box office, after taking in $91,418 from 147 sites according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. Atlas Shrugged Part 2‘s international prospects, of course, are nil.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

• • • ATLAS SHRUGGED PART 2 Reaches $3m, DVD Prospects Dim 
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Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |Image  | The critically lambasted sequel to 2011′s box-office bomb Atlas Shrugged: Part I, Atlas Shrugged Part 2 stars Samantha Mathis as the enterprising Dagny Taggart (played by The Lucky One‘s Taylor Schilling in Part I). Although Ayn Rand’s novel is a sort of bible for American Libertarians and the American far right (who choose to focus on the topic of government-imposed taxes while ignoring Rand’s derision of religion and blind faith), the film has found little favor in the United States. (Atlas Shrugged Part 2 has no international audience; with luck, the film will end up as a DVD curio outside of the U.S.)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

• • • ATLAS SHRUGGED PART 2 Box Office Plummets 
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Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |Individualism  | Atlas Shrugged Part 2‘s dismal box-office performance is quite surprising, considering the fear in the hearts of so many Americans that the United States government is about to be taken over by those who want to destroy their civil liberties. As a reflection of author Ayn Rand’s views, Atlas Shrugged Part 2 is a cinematic depiction of the dangers of government control, dictating what choices people are allowed to make for themselves. In my understanding, that would encompass what to produce, what to create, what to read, what to watch, which gods (and/or goddesses) to believe or not believe, whom people are allowed to marry (and/or divorce), taking away women’s (and men’s) control over their own bodies and sex lives, allowing the megarich and the megapowerful to usurp democracy, and higher taxes to finance disastrous military operations. Watching the news, those seem to be clear and present dangers the United States is currently facing; so, it’s truly mind boggling that Atlas Shrugged Part 2 has been unable to reach a broader audience.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

• • • ATLAS SHRUGGED PART 2 Box Office: One of Worst Opening Weekends Ever 
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Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  | Adjusted for inflation, Atlas Shrugged Part 2 is no. 98 on the Worst Openings Ever chart, and despite a much wider release than its predecessor will quite possibly end its run with less than $4m at the domestic box office — or rather, at the box office, period. Reportedly budgeted at $20m, Atlas Shrugged Part 2 will find no following internationally, as Ayn Rand’s Tea Party-embraced views (minus Rand’s derision of religion and the blindly religious) are a purely American phenomenon.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

• • • ATLAS SHRUGGED PART 2 Box Office: Disastrous Debut? 
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Atheism  |Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  |Image  | Atlas Shrugged Part 2, the sequel to 2011′s box-office bomb Atlas Shrugged Part 1 about free-enterprising heroine Dagny Taggart, opened to considerably worse numbers than its predecessor. At 1,012 locations, Atlas Shrugged Part 2 took in $692,000 according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo.

• • Box Office Bombs: Kevin James, ATLAS SHRUGGED PART 2 
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Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |Individual Rights  | By Sunday evening, the eagerly anticipated — by the red-white-and-blue far-right crowd — Atlas Shrugged Part 2 should collect a disastrous $2-2.5m at 1,012 locations after taking in an equally disastrous $650-850,000 on Friday.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

• • 2016 OBAMA’S AMERICA Movie: Right-Wingers FAHRENHEIT 9/11? 
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Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  | So, why was Atlas Shrugged: Part I a box-office bomb? Because it cost a reported $20m.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

• • THE LUCKY ONE Movie Box Office: Zac Efron Third Best Opening 
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Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  | The Lucky One was a smart, high-profile career move [for Taylor Schilling] following Atlas Shrugged, a critical and box-office disaster admired only by the American far-right. Atlas Shrugged has an embarrassing 6% approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes’ top critics, and cumed at $4.62 million in North America — or about half The Lucky One’s take on Day One.

• • Zac Efron/THE LUCKY ONE Box Office: Solid Nicholas Sparks 
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Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  | Taylor Schilling, probably best known as the leading lady in the nearly universally panned film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged: Part 1, plays Zac Efron’s love interest in this nearly universally panned adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ romantic novel. (This may sound bad for Schilling, but it’s not. The Lucky One was a smart, high-profile career move following the Atlas Shrugged critical and box-office disaster.)

Friday, May 13, 2011

• • • ATLAS SHRUGGED Plunges 70%: Box Office 
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Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |Image  | Despite its stronger than expected performance this past weekend, Atlas Shrugged remains a major flop — one that will in all likelihood disappear in the very near future. The film's per-theater average remained quite low: $866 [...]. Atlas Shrugged’s total to date: $4.34m.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

• • • ATLAS SHRUGGED Producer: There May Be Parts II, III, But Without Betraying Ayn Rand’s Principles 
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Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |Individualism  |Image  |Video  | Atlas Shrugged co-producer and co-screenwriter John Aglialoro blamed the liberal media and film critics for their willful, politically motivated box-office destruction of his opus. That, however, would be an acknowledgment that the United States’ (purported) 11m Tea Party members to whom Atlas Shrugged was targeted actually read — and believe in — film reviews written by bleeding-heart lefties. [....] So, Aglialoro now says he was misquoted.

Friday, April 29, 2011

• • ATLAS SHRUGGED Plummets, Michael Fassbender-Mia Wasikowska’s JANE EYRE Holds On: Box Office 
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Atlas Shrugged movie  | Paul Johansson’s Atlas Shrugged: Part I, which lost 48% of its business from last weekend even though it’s screening at 55% more theaters. Starring Taylor Schilling as Ayn Rand’s independent-minded heroine Dagny Taggart, Atlas Shrugged, despite its popularity among the Tea Party crowd, took in only $879k at 465 locations, averaging a meager $1,890 per site on its second week out.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

• • Hop jumped, Atlas Shrugged collapsed 
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Atlas Shrugged movie  | Paul Johansson’s Atlas Shrugged: Part I [...] took in only $307k at 465 theaters [on Friday, April 22], down an alarming 55% despite the fact that the right-wing favorite is screening at 50% more theaters than last week. Atlas Shrugged’s per-theater average was a paltry $660.

Monday, April 25, 2011

• • AnnaSophia Robb’s Soul Surfer, Patrick Wilson’s Insidious soar: Box office 
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Atlas Shrugged movie  | Doing just so-so business throughout the week, Robert Redford’s The Conspirator collected $287k at 707 sites on Thursday. Faring even worse was Paul Johansson’s Atlas Shrugged: Part I, which took in $136k at 299 theaters on its seventh day out, or only a few hundred dollars more than Jane Eyre at 274 locations on Day 42. (Atlas Shrugged was actually behind Jane Eyre on Wednesday.)

Friday, April 22, 2011

• • Rio not quite $40m; Bradley Cooper’s limitless $100m worldwide?: Box office 
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Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  | At no. 14, about $400k [...], Paul Johansson’s widely panned Atlas Shrugged: Part I drew $1.68m — or about $100k more than estimated — at 299 theaters. Its per-theater average was an acceptable $5,640.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

• • Robert Redford’s The Conspirator, Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged do passable business 
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Atlas Shrugged  |Individualism  |Image  | Considering the film’s vociferously negative reviews and the fact that it lacks a name director or big stars, in a certain way Atlas Shrugged’s modest debut could be seen as quite a feat.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

• • Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged box office: Critically lambasted ideological drama does middling business 
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Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |Image  | Atlas Shrugged’s middling (as opposed to dismal) box-office performance is perhaps a result of the film’s strong popularity among its target audience: the far-right members of the Republican party, the Tea Party crowd.