Will Expelled Get Expelled?21 April, 2008
Sometimes you read something that just makes you smile. Over at Alexander the Atheist, he posted this:
1. Forbidden Kingdom ($20,870,000)
2. Forgetting Sarah Marshall ($17,348,000)
3. Prom Night ($9,100,000)
4. 88 Minutes ($6,800,000)
5. Nim’s Island ($5,650,000)
6. 21 ($5,500,000)
7. Street Kings ($4,000,000)
8. Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! ($3,500,000)
9. Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed ($3,153,000)
10 Leatherheads ($3,022,000)
Wow. $3.1 million dollars. Gives me dry eyes.
So. All these theaters (a little over a thousand of them) showed this ‘lying for Jesus’ propaganda piece (which was (if ya’ll remember) supposed to singlehandedly and instantaneously overturn the evil cabal of evolutionists who have been keeping the people who know, know, mind you, that they have the right answer out of academia) made less than $3,000 per screen. Theaters are (unless there is something I really don’t understand about economics) in it to make money (either for the owner or stockholders). Figuring each screen had (as they did locally) at least three showings, that works out to less than a thousand a showing. That barely (and I mean barely) covers the costs of the theater owner.
I suspect that, next weekend, two things will happen. First, the number of theaters showing this ‘documentary’ will drop precipitously. Second, the makers of Expelled will (and I’ll bet dollars to donuts on this one) start screaming about an evil cabal of evilutionist theater owners are unfairly changing the numbers (Stein will claim it actually made a ‘Buehler’ dollars on every screen) and banning the most significant movie since, since, since. . . . Oh. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. Ishtar (hat tip to my brilliant young wife for that cultural reference (and it should please the Grumpy Lion (unless you want to defend Ishtar too?)))
Anyone out there willing to take the bet? Will the makers of Expelled either claim the numbers are being changed or that the atheist theater owners (how many of those do you suppose there are?) are banning the movie? Or maybe they will claim that all the people who paid for Forbidden Kingdom actually snuck in to see Expelled? I’m not sure I would put anything past these jokers.
Or, does anyone else have a different hypotheosis regarding how the producers of Expelled will explain the fact that Horon Hears a Who beat them?