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The blog site for writer Scott C. Smith. Some observations on the world we live in and life in general. And maybe some politics.

Saturday, July 10, 2004

Comparing Apples to Oranges: Fahrenheit 9/11 vs. Spiderman 2

I've read on a couple of right-wing message boards posts where the premise seems to be that there's a backlash against Fahrenheit 9/11 due to the popularity of Spiderman 2. There's a current thread at The Right Society discussing this fact.

The comparison is irrelevant for a number of reasons. One film is a standard Hollywood summer blockbuster, the other a modestly budgeted documentary.

Spiderman 2's budget was $200,000,000.
Fahrenheit 9/11's budget was $6,000,000.

Spiderman 2 opened in 4152 theaters. It's opening weekend gross was $115.8 million.
Fahrenheit 9/11 opened in 868 theaters. It's opening weekend gross was $23.9 million.

On its opening weekend, Spiderman 2 brought in an average of $27,894 per theater.
On its opening weekend, Fahrenheit 9/11 brought in an average of $27,558 per theater.

As of Friday, July 9, according to Box Office Mojo, Spiderman 2 had earned $225 million, playing at 4166 theaters.

As of Friday, July 9, according to Box Office Mojo, Fahrenheit 9/11 had earned nearly $73 million, playing at only 2011 theaters.

Right now, by all accounts, Fahrenheit 9/11 is the big winner. It's earned back over ten times what it cost to make. Spiderman 2, on the other hand, has only barely broke even, and perhaps less, as Sony spent a lot of money advertising the film.

So, as right-wingers react with glee that Moore's film is somehow a failure, they need only look at the box-office receipts to see that, as usual, they're wrong.

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