A publication is attributing the disappointing debut of Al Gore’s latest film not to the former vice president turned environmentalist, but to the studio handling the movie’s release.
D.R. Tucker of Washington Monthly argues that a botched strategy by Paramount Pictures effectively sabotaged the nationwide release of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, which finished 15th at the box office in its first weekend. According to Tucker, such a poor showing wouldn’t have happened if Paramount had stuck with its original release plan:
“Back in June, Paramount abandoned plans to give An Inconvenient Sequel a wide release on July 28, choosing instead to release the film in only four screens in New York and Los Angeles on July 28 and only 180 screens nationwide a week later. Apparently, Paramount executives thought it was wiser to copy the ‘platform’ release strategy of 2006’s An Inconvenient Truth. However, considering the fact that this is arguably the first major anti-Trump documentary to hit theatres – and considering the public outrage over Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement – Paramount should have stuck to its original plan; in fact, Paramount could have seized upon anti-Trump sentiment by giving An Inconvenient Sequel the same high-profile national rollout that Lionsgate gave Fahrenheit 9/11 in 2004, a rollout that resulted in that iconic film opening at #1 at the US box office, a rarity for a documentary.”
Climate Depot‘s Marc Morano, a skeptic of catastrophic man-made climate change (a.k.a., “global warming”), doesn’t buy that Paramount is to blame.
“It’s hard to believe that Paramount Pictures, which did Gore’s first film as well, would not be behind this movie,” explains Morano. “I think it’s funny that the liberals, who are all into Al Gore, [their] first instinct is [to think] Something must be wrong, this is sabotage – why wouldn’t the theaters be filled up? They were all excited [and can’t figure out] why everyone else wouldn’t be excited to go see it.”
Morano sees this film’s performance as another in a series of disappointments for Gore.
“He tried his 24 hours of ‘Climate Reality,’ which bombed online; and he tried his Live Earth concerts in recent years,” he continues. “His high point was 2006 with the film [An Inconvenient Truth] … and then he thought his next high point was him lobbying to get the Paris agreement done, and then Donald Trump pulls us out of that. So it’s been a lot of ups and downs for Al Gore – mostly downs – since 2006.”
Morano has his own film, Climate Hustle, which seeks to debunk or downplay concerns of man-made climate change.
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