DATE: 4/13/2004 10:34:00 AM
Yeah, That'll Work - Remember "Bulworth?" Or "Primary Colors?" How about "Wag the Dog?" Or "The Contender?" No? You're not alone.
They were all films that promised to shake up the political establishment with their cynical view of the political world, and in some cases, leftist sentiments. They all have one thing in common. They flopped badly at the box office. Now Hollywood is going to make more films with anti-conservative or anti-Bush messages. One of the films will even be promoted through MoveOn.org.
The films will flop, except for maybe the one by Michael Moore. But that one has a built-in audience.
And our ticket prices will go up again to pay for the enormous sums of money the studios will lose in these ventures. We're going to ultimately end up paying for the obsessive need of some liberals to vent their political views onto the American movie-watching public.
Here are the top ten grossing films of all time (domestic) and how much money they made:
1 Titanic - $600,788,188
2 Star Wars - $460,998,007
3 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial - $435,110,554
4 Star Wars: Episode I:The Phantom Menace - $431,088,301
5 Spider-Man - $403,706,375
6 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - $375,667,233
7 Jurassic Park - $357,067,947
8 The Passion of the Christ - $353,006,351
9 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - $341,786,758
10 Finding Nemo - $339,714,978This is the list of gross, not adjusted for inflation. What do all of these films have in common? None of them are political. None of them tries to promote a particular agenda. In fact, if you look at the entire list of all-time grossing films (adjusted for inflation and not adjusted) you find no films with hard political or social agendas. In fact, if these movies do have a common theme, it's not liberal, nor is it conservative - these movies all have universal themes - good versus evil, the importance of family, the responsibility of the powerful and the need to eliminate planet-destroying starships with your ragged band of rebels.
Look at the adjusted for inflation list. Many of those films have subjects of Christian faith - "The Robe," "Ben-Hur," "The Ten Commandments." People don't want to see embittered liberals grinding axes onscreen. They want to see films that entertain but also films that reflect common values. Fifty years from now, people will still be watching "The Passion of the Christ" and the "Lord of the Rings" films. I doubt anyone will bother with "Farenheit 911" or "Silver City."