You know I wanted to resurrect
this thread myself at a later date, to put this propaganda film
in it's proper place.
But since dmz has kindly provides an entrance, I'll digress into the box office take to date, and come to a rather interesting hypothesis.
Some background first, the following analysis came about as a result of this link at WorldNetDaily 'Expelled' propelled to box office top 10
First a list of several films (type in parentheses), followed by their opening dates;
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (Documentary), 18-Apr-2008
The Forbidden Kingdom (Action), 18-Apr-2008
Fahrenheit 9/11 (Documentary), 23-Jun-2004
Bowling for Columbine (Documentary), 11-Oct-2002
Sicko (Documentary), 22-Jun-2007
An Inconvenient Truth (Documentary), 24-May-2006
Roger and Me (Documentary), 22-Dec-1989
March of the Penguins (Documentary), 24-Jun-2005
The Passion of the Christ (Drama), 25-Feb-2004
The first two are currently running (data presented based on two full weeks of receipts), the others are for historical perspective as they pertain to genre and subject matter, and most were very successful films at the box office for their respective runs.
The following link provides most of the necessary data, other data from this site used for non-documentary films;Documentary Films Ranked by Lifetime Gross
As of today, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed is currently ranked #14 all time after just two full weeks of release, which might sound impressive at first glance.I fully expect this film to make the Top 10 all time, but as you will see, this inevitable fact doesn't amount to a hill of beans, literally speaking!
Additional data was obtained from the BLS (CPI-U) and U.S. Census Bureau to adjust past films to current day estimates based on inflation of ticket prices and population growth.
The following lists are in the same order as the above list of films (taken from a Excel spreadsheet of mine
3,408Adjusted (Present Value) Domestic Gross
$442,770,000Adjusted (Present Value) Worldwide Gross
$730,690,000Adjusted (Present Value) Worldwide Gross/Total Theaters
Too much information, you say? Yes. And that will also be my closing hypothesis on this propaganda film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.
The last set of data are the most important as the first two films are in current release, and over time, those first two numbers can only go down
as has happened with all films, as fewer and fewer people go to any film as time passes.
Here's another similar data set (same order as before);Adjusted (Present Value) Worldwide Gross/Theater Days
Again, the first two numbers can only head south as time passes. So after only
two weeks (and counting) Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed has a per theater day take of $392, assuming a ticket price of, say $7.00, that's a total of only 56 occupied seats per theater day
Now comes the hypothesis part, or what you all would sum up as "Too Much Information."
That's exactly what Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed amounts to for the average viewer of this propaganda film, it is indeed "Too Much Information."
It is just so much easier to pick up and/or believe in the good book, than it is for most people to sit through this propaganda film. And assuming that the "average" viewer is Christian (I don't have a clue, because I'd watch this "thing" (but only for free
) for the hilarity value alone), and makes up what, 80% to 90% of the U.S. population, means this "film" doesn't amount to a hill of beans.
Compare Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed with The Passion of the Christ and Fahrenheit 9/11, for example if you must, to come to the conclusion that people just want to be entertained, than they want to learn something, even if that something is disingenuous from the start, and panders to a certain demographic.
In summary, I give Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed a √-1 for imaginary content!