September 24, 2018
Michael Moore’s latest anti-Republican documentary tanked at the box office compared to his movies from a decade ago, as “Fahrenheit 11/9” barely registered with a $3.1 million take on its first weekend.
The title was a play on his 2004 documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11” that sought to expose mishandlings in President George W. Bush’s White House following the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The latest film, as Fox News previously reported, sought to do the same to President Trump at a key time for the country: the 2018 midterm elections.
“Fahrenheit 11/9” took in $3.1 million in 1,719 cinemas — a large debut for most documentaries but a fraction of the $23.9 million opening of “Fahrenheit 9/11.” That film went on to make $222.4 million worldwide, a record for documentaries.
Moore’s new film, which examines the rise of Trump and other developments like the water crisis in his hometown of Flint, Michigan, had been predicted to open with $5 million to $8 million, but didn’t even come close. It’s despite a surge in success for documentaries at the box office in the past few months — including “RBG,” ‘‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor” and “Three Identical Strangers.”
“Fahrenheit 11/9,” the first release from former Open Road chief executive Tom Ortenberg’s new distributor, Briarcliff Entertainment, may have decent weeks ahead leading up to the November elections. ComScore’s PostTrak survey found that 82 percent of viewers gave it four out of five stars. It landed an “A” CinemaScore.
This article was posted: Monday, September 24, 2018 at 8:43 am