Former Democratic presidential candidate and climate change advocate Al Gore’s new film, An Inconvenient Sequel, disappointed at the box office over the weekend, failing to live up to the success of Gore’s first film.
Gore’s second film came in 15th at U.S. theaters over the weekend, grossing $900,000, according to Box Office Mojo.
Meanwhile his first film grossed over $24 million in the U.S. after being released in May 2006.
But at least one Gore defender has blamed Paramount Pictures for the below-average performance.
“Al Gore Gets Ripped Off Again,” was the title of a Monday column by D.R. Tucker in Washington Monthly. Tucker, a supporter of Gore’s efforts to bring attention to climate change, was shocked by the low box office number.
“This was not supposed to happen — and it would not have happened if Paramount had stuck with its original release plan,” Tucker wrote.
“Sadly, the box-office under-performance of An Inconvenient Sequel will be seized upon by climate-change deniers as ‘proof’ that Americans don’t really care about this issue,” Tucker added.
According to Deadline Hollywood, Gore’s sequel to his 2006 film An Inconvenient Truth “grossed $900K, averaging $5,000 (per theater). That brought its cume (cumulative) over seven figures, landing at $1,052,000. Its weekend gross placed it 15th in the overall box office as of Sunday morning. Paramount said it will expand the title to over 500 locations next weekend.”
“By filling theaters, we can show Donald Trump and the other climate deniers in the White House that the American people are committed to climate action –– no matter what they do, say, or tweet!” Gore said in an August 4 email to his supporters.
An Ivy League geologist who voted for Gore in the 2000 presidential election said he was “appalled” after viewing Gores first movie in 2006.
“I voted for Gore in 2000, yeah. I think that if he ran again, depending on who he ran against, I might vote for him. He’s a smart man,” said Geologist Dr. Robert Giegengack,a professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
But after viewing An Inconvenient Truth, Giegengack said Gore either intentionally misrepresented the facts or was unaware of the science and data behind climate change.
“I was appalled. I was appalled because he either deliberately misrepresented the point he was making or didn’t understand it. So it was irresponsible of Al Gore,” Giegengack said in the 2016 film Climate Hustle, which is skeptical of climate change.
“CO2 is not the villain that it has been portrayed. I’m impressed by the fact that the present climate, from the perspective of a geologist, is very close to the coldest it’s ever been. The concentration CO2 in the atmosphere today is the close to the lowest it has ever been,” he said.
Tucker said he thinks An Inconvenient Sequel suffered because Paramount did not give it a high-profile release.
“Considering the fact that this is arguably the first major anti-Trump documentary to hit theaters – 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,” Tucker said.
“In fact, Paramount could have seized upon anti-Trump sentiment by giving An Inconvenient Sequel the same high-profile national rollout that Lionsgate gave (Michael Moore’s) Fahrenheit 9/11 in 2004, a roll-out that resulted in that iconic film opening at #1 at the US box office, a rarity for a documentary,” he added.
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