March 14, 2010
You suck, Hollywood.
Universal not in the ‘Zone’ at B.O
Universal’s “Green Zone” joined the ranks this weekend as the most recent Iraq war-themed pic to earn dissapointing B.O. results, with the film grossing an understated $14.5 million at 3,003 playdates.
Tracking for “Zone,” which cost approximately $100 million, was strongest among males with 54%, while female auds made up an additional 44%. Older demos responded well to the film, totaling 67%, as opposed to 33% of moviegoers under 30.
Cost $100 million to make, earned $14.5 million over the weekend.
March 12, 2010
So don’t go see it this weekend.
The NY Post’s Kyle Smith:
Even for Hollywood, “Green Zone” is dumbfoundingly brazen in its effort to rewrite the facts. As any reasonably informed person knows, many intelligence services (including the French, German, Chinese, Russian and British) believed Iraq had WMDs. And the CIA (which along with Chief Miller is a hero of “Green Zone”) was among them. Plus, such intel reports predated the Bush administration — and Saddam’s refusal to allow the UN weapons inspectors to finish their work gave us every reason to think he was hiding something and sealed his fate.
It’s one thing to make a fantasy film laced with snarky jibes at the United States and its military. It’s of another order entirely for an American studio (Universal, a unit of GE) to perpetrate, during an ongoing war, such vicious anti-American lies disguised as cheap entertainment.
“Green Zone” tells US troops that all of their efforts have been based on a deliberate deception. Worse, it blames the insurgency that has killed so many of our fighting men and women on US treachery.
“Green Zone” isn’t cinema. It’s slander. It will go down in history as one of the most egregiously anti-American movies ever released by a major studio.