We haven’t been over to Angry Andy’s BigHo in some time now but it looks like they are still chalking up conservative wins and losses for Real America based upon movie box office returns. It seems that Matt Damon’s Green Zone, which is about looking for those pesky non-existent WMD’s, did not do well this past weekend, getting trounced by Alice in Wonderland (which is a victory for the dirty fucking hippies and their mind-expanding drugs, am I right? woo-hoo!).
It is possible that Green Zone didn’t do well because it lacked the deep moral explorations that Ross Douthat expects out of his popcorn action flicks, but John Nolte at BigHo thinks it’s because American’s won’t vote with their wallets for America hating like they voted with their…well, votes for that America-hating Kenyan socialist:
UPDATE: AP confirms: “Green Zone” opens to a dismal $14.5 million.
The moral of the story? If you’re going to trash America and the troops, use Smurfs.
Universal’s “Green Zone” became the latest Iraq War-themed movie to fall down the box office rabbit hole, debuting to just $5 million in the U.S. and Canada Friday, according to studio estimates. …
“Green Zone” could find little traction, getting out to a pace that will give it less than $15 million for its premiere weekend.
That would be even less than the modest pre-release expectations for the $100 million film, which reteams star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass, who worked on the Universal’s last two “Jason Bourne” franchise installments. The film was put into production during the co-chair term of Marc Shmuger and David Linde.
Compare that to the opening weekend figures for the two previous collaborations between director Paul Greengrass and Damon:
Bourne Supremacy: $52.5 million
Bourne Ultimatum: $69.2 million
Gee, I wonder what the difference was?
I guess it’s worth pointing out, since Nolte didn’t, that the first Bourne film (The Bourne Identity) opened up with a modest $27 million its first weekend, but that was just a year after 9/11 and four months before we invaded Iraq so our national hate was a bit unfocused at the time.
But as for that “difference” Nolte is talking about….
Well, let’s see; Green Zone is about a gung-ho American soldier who becomes disillusioned when he discovers that he has been lied to and used by corrupt US intelligence officials engaged in extralegal activities justified in the name of fighting terrorism, who then try to cover it up by killing him when he goes rogue.
And the Bourne movies are about a gung-ho American soldier who becomes disillusioned when he discovers that he has been lied to and used by corrupt US intelligence officials engaged in extralegal activities justified in the name of fighting terrorism, who then try to cover it up by killing him when he goes rogue.
I think the real difference is that Matt Damon wore a keffiyeh in Green Zone, which is totally hate couture.
So blame it on wardrobe….