• Is Sarah Palin Box Office Poison?

    Remember back in July, filmmaker/propagandist Stephen K. Bannon released his pro-Sarah Palin documentary The Undefeated. It was defeated. It's probably because everyone hates Sarah Palin so much. Surely, a film about how much Sarah is terrible would be the highest grossing film of all time

    "Sarah Palin: You Betcha!", filmmaker Nick Broomfield's unflattering look at the former Alaska governor turned presidential hopeful, grossed only around $7,000 while opening in six locations this weekend…

    That shakes out to about $389 per day per theater — meaning that each location averaged less than 40 people each day seeing this movie. That's, like, the popcorn line on Saturday afternoon for box office winner "Dolphin Tale."

    To be fair, Dolphin Tale has a DOLPHIN WITH A PROSTHETIC FIN! Of course it's going to do amazing. The only thing both Sarah Palin documentaries have in common with a Dolphin Tale is they are all loosely based on reality.

    But because everyone hates Sarah Palin (well, almost everyone), The Daily Mail is already trying to pin this flop on her…

    It seems the public's interest in Sarah Palin has reached an all-time low…

    With Palin, the darling of the Tea Party, still deciding if she will try for the Republican Party nomination the lack of interest from the viewing public could finally persuade her not to run.

    It's a sad state of affairs that any news publication (I am aware The Daily Mail is not the highest standard of journalistic integrity, but still) could suppose that a candidate's viability is measured by their box office appeal. Two films flopping isn't going to stop her from driving a bus around the country solving mysteries. No amount of wishful thinking changes the fact that Sarah Palin is still immensely popular.

    Maybe both The Undefeated and Sarah Palin: You Betcha! did poorly because they are simplistic, biased and one dimensional accounts of a truly interesting figure. Maybe the American public is simply too smart for that… Who's thinking wishfully now?

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    Tags: Movies, Sarah Palin


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