‘Inconvenient Sequel’ Didn’t Match Original’s Big Debut, but It’s Not a ‘Bomb,’ Either

'Inconvenient Sequel': Boffo B.O.? Maybe Not.
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After its second weekend of release, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” got a flurry of unflattering headlines from the right-leaning publications.

The Washington Times reported that it was met with a “cool reception, placing 15th at the box office,” while Western Journalism published a story, “New Al Gore Film Bombs at the Box Office.” The Washington Free Beacon and Fox News also noted the middling performance of the sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth.”

So was it such a disaster? Not really.

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While “An Inconvenient Sequel” fell short of the take of the opening weekend of “An Inconvenient Truth” in 2006, its total gross so far is $1.1 million, which is still a respectable and even solid number in the world of documentaries, said Jeff Bock, senior box office analyst for Exhibitor Relations. “An Inconvenient Truth” grossed $24 million in its domestic box office, and Bock thinks that the sequel could end up grossing around $10 million, depending on how Paramount intends to release it over the next few weeks.

“For a documentary [$10 million] is huge,” Bock said. “Any documentary that hits $5 million is equivalent to $100 million” for a feature release. Although the documentary is performing at less than 50% of the original, Bock said, it still will probably rank among the strongest in that category this year.

In its most recent weekend, “Inconvenient Sequel” made just over $961,000 at the box office on 180 screens, for a per-screen average of $5,340. It grossed almost $125,000 in its opening weekend on four screens.

Bock noted that sequels overall have been performing well below the originals all summer, whether that be “An Inconvenient Sequel” or the latest “Transformers” or “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

Paramount plans to expand the release to 556 screens this weekend.

Still, there has been some criticism. D.R. Tucker of Washington Monthly argued that Paramount should have gone with a wide release and capitalized on anti-Trump sentiment, in the same way that Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” became an unexpected hit in 2004.

Still, Gore and the filmmakers, Jon Shenk and Bonni Cohen, have been on a publicity blitz for the movie, which may be as important in messaging about climate change as the movie itself.

The movie does delve into Trump’s election victory and his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accords, but it is much more about Gore’s journey to areas hit hardest by the effects of climate change and his efforts to help forge the worldwide agreement.

One of the opening scenes in the movie is an exchange that Gore has with Sen. James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), long a climate change skeptic, as have been a number of political figures and organizations on the right.

Documentaries have never been an easy sell at the box office, and Bock says that they face a more difficult landscape than they did in 2006. “There’s a lot of other documentaries out there, and a lot of those are free on Netflix and Amazon. Going to a theater to see one is even more rare that it was.”

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  1. Lane says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed the Sequel! The world’s finest peer-reviewed scientists, doctors and centuries worth of undeniable data proof extracted from several ice ages — or the dirty, lucrative, fossil fuel industry. Not a difficult choice to make who’s telling the truth.

    Shifting to better jobs and safer facilities with renewable energy makes sense. Much gratitude for helping vulnerable lungs breath easier, and sparing homes. You can’t pollute your body and expect conditions to not be exacerbated, nor the planet. #TruthToPower is a must-see!

  2. Private Name says:

    Sorry Al, people are catching on to your scam. Between your huge homes and private jet travel, you burn more fossil fuels than dozens of families. People are sick and tired of being preached at by such hypocrites.

    I will tell you what I tell the other *climate change* hustlers like you: the day you start walking your talk, I’ll believe there’s an issue to address. Until then, we rational Americans will observe you don’t walk your talk and make your living pimping your *climate change* silliness.

    As to your movie, of course I won’t watch it- not in a theater. I’m sure it will be available to watch for free. In the mean time, I’m sure it will be fun to read about the lies and deceptions just like it was with your first movie.

    To those of you who just go along with what you hear from the typical media source, do some studying. C02 levels were five times higher than they are now during the cretaceous period and life FLOURISHED! With regards to higher temperatures, Earth has had at least three temperature spikes higher than that which we’ve had recently- and Earth ended up just fine. And to think, Earth adjusted with no corporate welfare to people like Elon Musk (who flies around in a Gulfstream 650), no preaching at Americans, no UN IPCC whining, no Barack Obama, no Bill Nye the *Science* Guy and no Al Gore cashing in on telling us peons how we have to change our lives.

    • thirty3na3rd says:

      He thinks it’s okay to deceive because what harm can it do, polluting less is in everyone’s best interests, right? (And he can get extremely wealthy, too.) Sorry, Al… the days of awful pollution of the 60s and 70s are long gone, and only your robotic fellow baby boomer followers are fawning at every word that comes out of your mouth. You are, indeed, a snake oil salesman and Chicken Little rolled into one.

  3. Al Gore is fundamentally flawed in ignoring the historic evidence that green house gasses cum climate change has occurred millions of years dhhuring Earth’s storied existence, and constantly in a state of evolution with or without the help of human civilization. Do the homework. I did; see my Facebook post on Mother Nature.

  4. Carl Baggins says:

    Oh, it’s an INCREDIBLE bomb.

  5. ............. says:

    This movie imploded. Tanked. Bombed. it’s over.

  6. LTR says:

    I live in a rather populated area of north Florida. I was really looking forward to seeing this but there was 1 movie theater within 100 miles of here showing this movie. Of course it won’t do as well as the original if it is not showing anywhere!

  7. gail ellis says:

    I would rather spend money to see this movie than one more ideration of Tyler Perry’s Madea franchise.

  8. Steve says:

    Yeah, I’ve seen the righties posting about how this is a huge bomb. (Usually in comment threads that had nothing to do with climate change.) I had a feeling they were “exaggerating”.

    • Private Name says:

      Pssst…. Earth’s climate has been changing for 4.5 billion years. Why do you think we can do anything to stop it now?

  9. Kaboom! says:

    Please tell the truth! This movie is a failure.

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