Fans of unsuccessful presidential candidate but remarkably successful global warming industry leader Al Gore are accusing Paramount Pictures of having "sabotaged" his latest sure-fire hit, An Inconvenient Sequel, the follow-up to his now thoroughly debunked 2006 alarmist film, An Inconvenient Truth.
Gore's first climate change docu ended up bringing in a solid $24 million domestically and another $25 million in foreign box office receipts, totaling over $49 million worldwide. Its widest release in the U.S. was 587 theaters. The hyperbole-filled film would go on to bring home the Oscar for best documentary.
But so far, forecasts are looking a bit less sunny for the sequel, and his supporters are pointing to Paramount as the culprit. An Inconvenient Sequel made its big debut last weekend — and made very little money, totaling just $900,000, which landed the film at a disappointing 15th place among the weekend's box office receipts.
While the film did well per theater, bringing in an average of $5,000 per screen, it only opened in 180 theaters nationwide — less than a third of the total theaters the first film played in at its widest release. Paramount says it plans to open the film to over 500 theaters next weekend. which should greatly improve its numbers.
Paramount's decision for such a limited initial release has resulted in exasperation for some who were hoping to see Gore's film top the charts. As climate change "skeptic" site Climate Depot notes, Washington Monthly's D.R. Tucker accused Paramount of robbing Gore of his due glory in an article titled "Al Gore Gets Ripped Off Again."
A botched strategy by Paramount Pictures effectively sabotaged the nationwide release of the Al Gore documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, which finished in 15th place in US theatres this weekend. This was not supposed to happen—and it would not have happened if Paramount had stuck with its original release plan.
Back in June, Paramount abandoned plans to give An Inconvenient Sequel a wide release on July 28, choosing instead to release the film in only four screens in New York and Los Angeles on July 28 and only 180 screens nationwide a week later. Apparently, Paramount executives thought it was wiser to copy the “platform” release strategy of 2006’s An Inconvenient Truth.
Tucker goes on to argue that Paramount clearly didn't have its finger on the pulse of the culture. Gore's film "is arguably the first major anti-Trump documentary to hit theatres — and considering the public outrage over Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement — Paramount should have stuck to its original plan."
The roll-out plan, he suggests, should have been more like that of Michael Moore's anti-Bush Fahrenheit 9/11 in 2004, which went on to break records for documentaries.
But don't worry about Gore; his film should do pretty well next weekend with a much wider release, and, besides, his climate change business is still CRANKING. His net-worth these days has skyrocketed from around $1.7 million when he left office to around $300 million. So even though according to his 2006 predictions we should all be living in a desert now, Gore's not sweating it.