The producers of the pro-Sarah Palin documentary “The Undefeated” say they are following up a better-than-expected opening weekend with plans to expand to more cities soon.
Details weren’t yet available Monday, but the movie’s distributor, ARC Entertainment, said the film would be “going to a wider release footprint later this month.”
The film opened in 10 mid-sized cities Friday and grossed about $70,000 for the weekend for a per-screen average of about $5,000, the distributor reported. Based on average U.S. ticket prices, that works out to a very rough estimate of less than 9,000 people paying to see “The Undefeated” in its first weekend.
Though the movie was panned by professional critics, audiences had a more positive reaction. In four markets — Phoenix, Atlanta, Denver and Indianapolis — the film was moved to a bigger room to accommodate crowds, and several showings were sold out, the distributor said.
The blogosphere was raging with debate over whether the movie’s opening weekend constituted a spectacular, a mediocre or a dismal showing. One independent film analyst told POLITICO that for a little-advertised documentary with a very limited release, “The Undefeated” did quite well.
Compare this to the doofus from The Atlantic who showed up at an unadvertised midnight showing last Thursday night and wrote an article claiming the movie was a bust because the theater was empty.
I doubt this movie will be a huge blockbuster – it’s a documentary, not a Harry Potter adventure. It’s not the kind of movie that teenagers want to see. It’s educational.
I also doubt that many Palin haters will ever see it either – their minds are made up and they don’t want to be confused by the facts. But not everyone is a hater.
I have yet to see anyone attempt to “debunk” this movie. I wonder why that is?
Meanwhile, another doofus heard from:
Now, I’m not saying that sexism doesn’t exist and isn’t real. And we can’t, but we can’t throw around the word “sexist” just to stop people like me from pointing out that Michele Bachmann, now running second for the Republican presidential nomination, isn’t a dangerous nincompoop. And when I point out that Sarah Palin is a vainglorious braggart, a liar, a whiner, a professional victim, a scold, a know-it-all, a chiseler, a bully who sells patriotism like a pimp, and the leader of a strange family of inbred weirdos straight out of “The Hills Have Eyes,” that’s not sexist. I’m saying it because it’s true, not because it’s true of a woman.