Hollywood’s Gun Control Drama Tanks at Box Office
If the measure of a film is how interested people are in seeing it – and it doesn’t make sense to judge a widely-released Hollywood thriller by any other standard – then Miss Sloane is an unqualified failure. The movie, starring Zero Dark Thirty vet Jessica Chastain, debuted to a $1.9 million opening weekend, one of the worst performances in Hollywood history. According to The Daily Caller, Miss Sloane managed to do worse than “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Shaun the Sheep Movie, Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace, and Gigli.”
Now that’s embarrassing.
Why is it worth talking about this movie’s performance? Well, because it’s Hollywood’s latest attempt to demonize the NRA and the Second Amendment. This time, instead of putting together a fake documentary with Katie Couric, the studios decided to push a quasi-fictional tale of a lobbyist who goes to work for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. The movie follows Miss Sloane’s efforts to overcome the powerful “gun lobby” that Obama has warned us about so many times.
The movie isn’t failing due to terrible reviews. It’s not exactly burning up the TomatoMeter, but the critics are generally okay with it. There has been plenty of praise for Chastain’s performance, for instance.
It’s failing because no one wants to see this kind of obvious propaganda. And since the aforementioned Brady Campaign is doing as much to promote the film as the distributors, it’s not hard to tell that this movie comes with a message.
From the Daily Caller:
Brendan Kelly, press secretary for the Brady Campaign, said the group’s work on Miss Sloane represents a new frontier in its work to influence Hollywood on gun issues.
“Miss Sloane marks another chapter in Brady’s partnership with Hollywood to integrate the realities of gun violence into entertainment,” Kelly said. “We’ve consulted on scripts for powerhouse television shows including The Good Wife and Grey’s Anatomy.”
He said the group considered Miss Sloane a success regardless of how it performs at the box office. “While I’m not qualified to forecast how a film will perform, I can tell you that its production alone, with our input, is the success,” he said. “It’s a big step in this trend we’ve seen with the entertainment industry taking on this topic, whichever side of the debate you’re on. It’s furthering the national conversation we should all be having—that’s the success.”
Right. “Whichever side of the debate you’re on.” Because we’re seeing tons of pro-gun movies coming out of Hollywood. Plenty of fair, rational “conversation.”
Hollywood lays another rotten egg.