[B]ut the biggest disappointment of the weekend is Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story (Overture). After a $57K per theatre average on 4 screens last weekend, the picture broke to a wider 962 locations with terrible results. The “documentary” only sold an estimated $1.3M in tickets to start the weekend, and it will finish at about $3.9M for a PTA of less than $4,000. That soft opening will almost certainly make Capitalism Moore’s weakest-grossing movie since 2002’s Bowling for Columbine($21.5M domestic gross).
I'd say Moore's been cut down to size, but (heh heh) his pants could still be taken in.
Moore's moment was the summer of 2004 when "Farenheit 911" was supposed to rip the lid off of the Bush Administration. That movie may have been filled with mendacious lies, smug sermonizing, weaselly pacifism, and treasonous moral equivalence. But it grossed over $100 million, won a lot of awards, and was taken seriously at the time. I wonder why all of those people have stopped going to his movies? Is it because they can see what a repellent figure he is (his repeated appearances on Larry King and other outlets cannot have endeared him to many people)? Or is it because he gave voice to a frustrated Left that was - at that time - wholly locked out of power? Or do people now realize that they were bamboozled by clever editing, lies of omission, and insulting propaganda (Iraq! Land of kite-flying children)?
Don't look for definitive answers to these questions, as Moore's former fanboys would never admit to falling for his hustle.