Chris Mooney, who every day seems to transmogrify more and more into a creationist apologist, makes the case that Expelled! is a box office success. He seems almost giddy about it in his post on the topic. I’m sure Chris will be blaming PZ Myers, me, the rest of us people for part of this. But see below.
Elsewhere, and in contrast, we find evidence that Expelled is “on track to be a box-office bomb” (from Laelaps).
There is other evidence of Expelled! lack of success.
Playing in 1,052 theaters, the pic distributed by Rocky Mountain Pictures earned $1.2M Friday for what should be a $3.4M weekend. But the per screen average for Friday was a feeble $1,130… showing there wasn’t any pent-up demand for the film despite an aggressive publicity campaign. So much for the conservative argument that people would flock to films not representing the “agenda of liberal Hollywood”…
To compare, An inconvenient Truth had a 70K per theater average, Super Size Me earned 12K per theater, and Roger and Me 20K. So Expelled! is a full order of magnitude less attractive to actual theater goers than the top guns. Don’t listen to Mooney’s feeble attempt at framing his favorite movie as a hit! (op.cit.)
(Ouch … sorry Chris, but you’re cruising, soi I’m bruising.)
The most current box office info on Expelled can be seen here. From where I sit it looks like it will just barely break 3 million. Also note, this is one of those weekends with nothing really big going on. This would have been a good weekend to release that home movie of your Aunt Tillie’s wart removal.