Oprah’s PR Blitz Helps ‘The Butler’ Open #1 With $25M: Soft Box Office As ‘Kick Ass 2′ Falls, ‘Jobs’ Biopic Dies, ‘Paranoia’ Bombs

SUNDAY 8 AM, 6TH UPDATE WRITETHRU: With one exception, this weekend was a disaster zone for three of the four newcomers at the domestic box office. Tanking big-time were Universal’s Kick-Ass 2 based on the comic book, Five Star/Open Road Films’ Jobs biopic about the Apple co-founder played by Ashton Kutcher, and IM Global/Relativity’s Paranoia starring Liam Hemsworth and Harrison Ford. Total moviegoing this weekend was only around $160 million, or -6% from last year, despite the uber-crowded marketplace. Even the surprise #1 this weekend, The Weinstein Company’s Lee Daniels’ The Butler, opened with $25 million which was down from the $30+M Hollywood projected when the weekend started. ”Everything is coming in softer,” one studio exec warned me Friday night. Love her or hate her, co-star Oprah Winfrey and her big media blitz helped open the pic even if it did little to help her public image by providing more dirt for her detractors. Yet a survey by Fandango found that 72% of Butler ticket-buyers claimed Oprah’s involvement increased their interest in seeing the film which was her first movie role in 15 years. But The Butler still trailed the opening weekend grosses of two recent and similarly race- and civil rights-themed adult pics: 42 and The Help. No one, and certainly not The Weinstein Company, expected director Lee Daniels’ or screenwriter Danny Strong’s biopic (playing in 2,933 theaters) to double its $15M weekend projection much less land on top of the weekend box office. But on Thursday morning it already was the #1 ticket-seller on both Fandango and MovieTickets – a welcome event for such a modest $25M negative cost film. Its 73% Rotten Tomatoes positive reviews and ’A’ CinemaScore from audiences surely helped word of mouth as much as Oprah. (Note that in 1998. at the height of her syndicated power when she could sell anything to anyone, Oprah starred in and produced the film flop Beloved. Now she’s on her struggling cable network. But I’m assured she had no financial investment in the film nor contributed into the P&A nor bought up advance tickets in bulk like the rumors claimed.)

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Forest Whitaker, Terrence Howard, Alan Rickman, and Cuba Gooding Jr helped overcome the uneven script that – depending on your POV – is dumbed-down or condescending, historically important or filled with historical inaccuracies. But the stunt casting of Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan has caused considerable Red State outrage on social media. Like 42 and The Help, this pic was marketed first to African-Americans through outreach in those faith-based communities. Then the campaign widened to the art house crowd and curious general audiences. Rival studios initially speculated that The Butler‘s grosses would be frontloaded since it was so dependent on pre-sales. But its Saturday number went up +10% over Friday’s. The film’s genesis began with a Washington Post profile of the longtime White House black butler Eugene Allen that was optioned by Sony Pictures producer Laura Ziskin. When she died of cancer 3 weeks before shooting began, Cassian Elwes and Pam Williams met with Daniels and, together with CAA, scrambled to put together financing. In all 28 investors came together including Buddy Patrick, Sheila Johnson, Michael Findley, and Len Blavatnick. Harvey Weinstein and his TWC boarded late in the production and banked $4M to help finish the film. Then Harv “helped edit” – we all know what that means – with Daniels. Initially The Butler was a fall film to platform for awards consideration. “But when it tested through the roof, we decided then that we needed to go wide. And we saw a gap in the schedule for adult fare in the summer,” an insider tells me. “In our deal we had a $20M P&A cap, and we had to go to the investor group to get the cap raised to $30M in order to go wide.” I’m told 100% of the P&A money is TWC’s. Along the way, Harvey orchestrated free publicity as he battled Warner Bros over the pic’s title.

Pre-release tracking predicted that Universal’s superhero action-comedy Kick Ass 2 (playing in 2,940 theaters) would be the #1 film this weekend as it made steady gains in key areas with solid interest indicated from younger audiences and males in particular. Instead, it bombed with only $13.6M after looking to open #1, then #2, then #3 on Friday - trailing the Warner Bros/New Line holdover comedy We’re The Millers. Not even its ‘B+’ CinemaScore could help word of mouth after critics savaged it with only 29% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes because it fell short of the original. Fanboys decided to stay away. I predict debate will rage about whether this sequel based on Mark Millar/John S. Romita’s comic book was necessary. Even the 2010 original’s $19.8M opening was considered dismal, only to make up for it as a hot DVD sale and rental and digital download because of its R-rated irreverence and style. Wrongly, the studio believed “there was a committed fan base that could be activated as a core audience for a sequel,” as a Universal exec emailed me. So the studio handled worldwide distribution for the further adventures of Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist (played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz  and Christopher Mintz-Plasse respectively). Vigilante crusader Colonel Stars and Stripes is played by Jim Carrey who kicked up a fuss by proclaiming he wouldn’t promote the film because of its ultra-violence. A few weeks later, he got onboard – but not before generating a ton of bad publicity for the pic. (He didn’t make himself very popular in Hollywood with this stunt. Let’s see if his career continues to crater.) From a screenplay by director Jeff Wadlow, pic also reteamed producers Matthew Vaughn, Adam Bohling, Tarquin Pack and David Reid. It was independently financed for only $28M, then acquired by Universal before production began in September of 2012. Film opens day-and-date in 18 international territories including the United Kingdom, France, and Germany and grossed $6.3M at 1,500 dates.

Flopping in wide release (2,381 theaters) was Open Road Films’ Jobs, the much-publicized biopic about the Apple co-founder Steve Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher. It came in only #7 with a meager $6.7M despite a plethora of TV ad buys. Ashton just isn’t a movie star, period, and the ‘B-’ CinemaScore didn’t generate any helpful word of mouth for the pic directed by Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) and scripted by first-time screenwriter Matt Whitely. Open Road acquired Jobs just before it premiered at Sundance in January from Five Star Feature Films which financed the $12M production. Rotten Tomatoes critics only gave it 24% positive reviews because of its superficial made-for-TV depiction of a complex creative and business icon. Still it’s surprising how many Apple devotees stayed away despite the marketing’s psychographic targeting to them. And digital stunts included the launch of the first-ever Instagram movie trailer and Kutcher ringing the bell at the NY Stock Exchange.

Another tech pic tanked. Dropping from #10 on Friday to #13 by Sunday was the IM Global/ Reliance produced thriller Paranoia (distributed by Relativity into 2,459 U.S. theaters with EOne releasing in Canada). Even starring Liam Hemsworth, Harrison Ford, and Gary Oldman who all are good in the film, it made only $3.5M or about half what was projected. Both audiences and critics hated on it with a ‘C’ CinemaScore and 4% Rotten Tomatoes positive reviews. ”I think Relativity’s marketing department screwed up,” one insider tells me. “They tried to focus on the youth audience and teen girls in particular, and it isn’t that kind of movie at all. Also, IM Global picked this date, and they never should have opened this kind of film in the summer.”IM Global and Demarest Films financed and produced Paranoia with a $35M production budget. IM Global is overseeing international distribution but Relativity acquired U.S. marketing and distribution rights at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Robert Luketic and written by Jason Hall and Barry L. Levy, pic is based on the Joseph Finder novel and produced by Alexandra Milchan, Scott Lambert, William D. Johnson, Deepak Nayar.

Here’s the unofficial Top Ten list based on weekend estimates:

1. Lee Daniels’ The Butler (Weinstein) NEW [Runs 2,933] PG13
Friday $8.3M, Saturday $9.3M, Weekend $25.0M

2. We’re The Millers (New Line/Warner Bros) Week 2 [Runs 3,325] R
Friday $5.8M, Saturday $7.1M, Weekend $17.1M (-35%), Cume $68.8M

3. Kick Ass 2 (Universal) NEW [Runs 2,940] R
Friday $5.8M, Saturday $4.2M, Weekend $13.6M

4. Elysium (Sony) Week 2 [Runs 3,284] R
Friday $3.9M, Saturday $5.5M, Weekend $13.4M (-55%), Cume $55.7M

5. Planes (Disney) Week 2 [Runs 3,716] PG
Friday $3.6M, Saturday $5.6M, Weekend $13.2M (-41%), Cume $45.1M

6. Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters (Fox) Week 2 [Runs 3,080] PG
Friday $2.5M, Saturday $3.5M, Weekend $8.3M (-42%), Cume $38.9M

7. Jobs (Five Star/Open Road) NEW [Runs 2,381] PG13
Friday $2.6M, Saturday $2.3M, Weekend $6.7M

8. 2 Guns (Universal) Week 3 [Runs 2,471] R
Friday $1.7M, Saturday $2.4M, Weekend $5.6M, Cume $59.2M

9. The Smurfs 2 (Sony Animation) Week 3 [Runs 2,349] PG
Friday $1.3M, Saturday $1.9M, Weekend $4.6M, Cume $56.9M

10. The Wolverine (Fox) Week 4 [Runs 2,058] R
Friday $1.2M, Saturday $1.8M, Weekend $4.4M, Cume $120.4M

13. Paranoia (IM Global/Relativity) NEW [Runs 2,459] PG13
Friday $1.3M, Saturday $1.3M, Weekend $3.6M

Comments (679)

  • I dont think Oprah was the main reason but she helped. The reason The Butler is doing well is because audiences are all worn out from all the big budget spectacles and are looking for something more serious and grown up.

    Comment by John — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 3:34pm PDT  
    • That’s big?That’s a failure.

      Comment by Robert McCabe — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 3:45pm PDT  
      • Well, maybe not a failure since the production budget was only around $25 mil. It will slowly move into the…….can I say it?…..black. But a $27 mil weekend for a film that has been as hyped as this is not good. Most reviews that I read have been mixed and use words like ‘earnest’ and ‘thought-provoking’ which is usually code for ‘dull’.

        Comment by Ellie — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 3:44am PDT  
        • oprah will get mad if you say the movie moved into the “black.”
          after all, she’s spent the past two weeks drumming up the race card in order to bring attention to herself again……she’s pretty much been forgotten

          Comment by kitty hogan — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 1:08pm PDT  
      • The Butler…. Hanoi Jane as Nancy R… Never.

        Comment by walt — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 7:49am PDT  
        • Amen! Plus John Cusack, ultra leftist as Nixon? No thanks.

          Comment by Gene — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 6:03pm PDT  
        • Having Jane Fonda in the movie was the first negative. The second was Oprah and her sudden interest in all things black. She has been treated as a queen her whole life. Her recent ramblings have been extremely unpleasant. I will skip this movie.

          Comment by Mari — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 8:25am PDT  
      • Historical fiction are my favorite books and movies. But I will probably not see this one. It is loosely written about the butler and way to much fiction. I like O but do not rely on her opinions.

        Comment by Paulie hair — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 1:18pm PDT  
        • WOW!
          The haters have all come out!
          Um, what historical inaccuracies are you HATERS, referring to?

          This movie isn’t a failure by any means. Aside from the brilliant performances by Whitaker and Winfrey, the star-studded ensemble cast is a big, juicy, cherry on the cake, which fills the script, and story out, really nicely!

          This movie shows that adults are, desperate, for adult drama. I went to see the movie Saturday afternoon and it was packed!!

          So all the studio executives who crashed and burned with their zillion dollar movie busts this summer (Yeah, I’m talking to you, Bob Iger) need to sit up and take note. …. Young teen boys with no JOBS, don’t have disposable income to spend on crappy fanboy book shit!

          Comment by AlleyCat — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 3:29pm PDT  
          • I love taking my family to historical movies. In today’s society, I’m afraid this is often the only way children (and young adults) will be exposed to it. We will attend ‘The Butler’ regardless of the movie’s profit margin. But it won’t be because of Oprah’s racial hype. It will be despite it.

            Comment by KevTuck — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 9:31am PDT  
          • Looks like “HATERS” is code for anyone who finds an Oprah movie to be boring or not worth the ticket price. Guess I’m just another “HATER”. lol!

            Comment by Keeptrying — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 11:07am PDT  
          • I went on a Sunday matinee and the theater was packed. I as well as most of the audience enjoyed the film. All the actors were 100%.

            Comment by Emilio — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 12:50pm PDT  
          • You obviously didn’t read the book that this film is based on
            They took huge liberties with the truth.

            Comment by kitty hogan — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 1:10pm PDT  
          • From Breitbart “Big Hollywood”:
            The Butler has virtually nothing in common with its source material, the life of White House butler Gene Allen, except for the fact that the main character of the film and Allen were both black butlers in the White House. The film’s title character, Cecil Gaines, sees his father murdered and his mother raped by a white landowner; that never happened to Allen. The movie’s title character has two children, one who goes to the Vietnam War, the other who becomes a Civil Rights pioneer; Allen actually had only one son. Allen’s wife was by all accounts lovely; Gaines’ wife, played by Oprah, is an alcoholic who has an affair. Allen had warm relations with all the presidents with whom he served, and left the White House in 1980 with a hug from Ronald Reagan; Cecil Gaines, leaves the White House in rage over Reagan’s stance on South African apartheid.

            Comment by b4itsover — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 3:19pm PDT  
        • well, at least this is a movie, and we know Hollywood always takes a little creative license when telling true stories. Much better than teaching our kids lies about Washington chopping down a cherry tree, and not once mentioning his massive ownership of slaves, among other lies and misinformation over the past 200 years a multitude of characters we want to magnify and worship to tell the story of people who ravaged and decimated an indigenous race, and enslaved and terrorized another race, then claims to be honest and hardworking and believing in freedom and justice. Oh yeah, I could easily watch a tiny little movies misteps and feel just fine than to be subjected to the massive lies and dishonesty of real american history.

          Comment by Jack Taylor — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 6:07am PDT  
          • Happy Jack! LOL.

            Comment by Nate Dogg — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 8:36am PDT  
          • Wow Jack….that’s a lot of hate. Why are you still here? Seems you’re throwing stones from your glass house in regards to people believing lies and knowing history. You do know that the first person to legally own a slave in America was a BLACK man. Now….we can also go over census data regarding slaves and those of Washington and compare those to the Horry’s of LA…fyi: they were the largest slave owners in the chocolate city of new orleans…oh, and they were black. Census data of that era describes conditions, etc….want to compare????? Thought so! You’ve been measured and weighed and found to be lacking in the history category! It’s a movie…and yes, it’s supposed to be a true story…people can’t comprehend the ‘based on’ part. I don’t agree with Oprah on a ton of things…she’s still a good actress.

            Comment by Ron — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 1:41pm PDT  
          • yea, lets see if they tell the truth about hillary. that will be a hoot.

            Comment by james weir — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 2:13pm PDT  
      • The Butler is a boring movie. There is no big money block buster there. Oprah’s comments and promotion schemes will not hold this film up.

        Comment by mgfree — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 3:12pm PDT  
        • Oprah is a racist & a complete phony. She has no credibility & her network is crashing. America is sick of her PC crap, & no one I know is interested in revisionist history, which is what this propaganda film is really about. Pack it in Oprah your done.
          Your little scheme in Switzerland fabricating the handbag story backfired on you. Your Karma has arrived so go home & be quiet for the rest of your miserable life.

          Comment by JoeWeb — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 10:58am PDT  
          • Actually, you’re the racist. Oprah has proven for over 30 years that she is a genuine person of love and respect, charitable and has done more to give women and girls over the world support and reason to believe in themselves and their abilities than anyone, ever. In addition to weekly exploring spiritual growth and helping viewers seek answers to our world, our lives, our consciousness and how to be the best we can be.

            Your comment about such an amazing gift to the world is only indicative or your small racist mind. You can’t see that because you’ve been blinded by it. That’s how the ego works, it blinds you to your own failings and prejudices in order to proliferate and propagate it’s madness. Hopefully, someday you’ll wake up from your nightmare and join the world of love, which is where Oprah lives, along with the rest of the enlightened.

            It’s very simple really, just start by seeing yourself in everyone you encounter. Love them like you would love you. Hold no judgments, negative opinions, and forgive as you would want to be forgiven. It gets hard at times, but push through it, the more you practice the love, the more the universe will open to receive you. Then you will start to receive as you have given. It’s exceptionally beautiful, really.

            Comment by Jack Taylor — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 2:42pm PDT  
          • If Oprah’s life is “miserable”, then what does that make YOUR life, JoeWeb? 100% pure awesomeness?

            Seriously, do you think spending your time writing angry screeds on Internet message boards makes you a genuinely better person than Oprah Winfrey? Perhaps you do, since you also seem to believe that you are speaking for all of America, and you act like Ms. Winfrey’s movie opening at #1 at the box office constitutes some kind of failure.

            Comment by jrose — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 3:40pm PDT  
          • “No one’s interested”? It’s the number 1 movie in the country. LOL

            Comment by Mark — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 3:52pm PDT  
          • Racist…Oprah in the same sentence. Which Red State are you from? It’s people like you that are bringing down America…

            GUESS WHAT?! A BLACK AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN RUNS THINGS!!! Get used to it…Dirty Joe Web!!
            When you get a percentage of talent and grace, come back and comment. Until then, go down under…FAR DOWN UNDER.

            Comment by COMBATJOEWEB — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 10:12pm PDT  
          • Oprah should buy the store and fire the clerk…..that will show them (and she can). lmao……she REALLY doesn’t need to fabricate, I don’t believe she did. @JoeWeb…hate much?????

            Comment by Nun Ya — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 11:22pm PDT  
          • JoeWeb, I agree. I believe her “racist” story was fabricated. That little incident probably contributed to an increase at payday. It’s hard to watch her complain about being mistreatment in todays society. I could give her some REAL stories, but I’m white so I’m sure it would not carry any weight.

            Comment by cali — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 3:08am PDT  
          • You got that right on JoeWeb

            Comment by 2Slings — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 6:32am PDT  
          • Joe. You’re right with every word.

            Comment by Anonymous — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 7:21am PDT  
          • Lol. Dear, i believe you should rather pack in and go home. Oprah is here to stay and the inwarding looking folks you know and yourself are rather the racist ones.
            Your concerns doesn’t bother Oprah one bit so i suggest you take the BS highway.

            Comment by Jon — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 2:50pm PDT  
      • Why is this a failure? THE HELP in 2011 opened with $26m and ended with almost $170m…

        Comment by Spechless — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 11:44am PDT  
        • The Help was a good movie! – THIS was carp (intentional typo!) Hanoi Jane didn’t help anymore than the Big O did!

          Comment by TexasJim — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 7:28pm PDT  
          • Jane Fonda did a better Nancy Reagan than Nancy Reagan. I thought she was mahvelous dahling. Actually I was telling someone the other day, if they ever do a RR movie, they absolutely must use Jane to do Nancy.

            Comment by Jack Taylor — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 6:17am PDT  
        • Not the best movie I ever saw, but showed today’s young people some history and the strength of the black family and work ethic that has sadly given way to one parent and welfare. Good message.

          Comment by Jim Cahill — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 8:24pm PDT  
          • A very inaccurate movie. Panders to the “poor minorities” crowd that continue to demand special treatment here in America. Everyone needs to pull their own weight, quit complaining, and realize we all have problems. No one will EVER be considered truly “equal” until you act “equal”. That means no Affirmative Action or any special treatment given to you because the color of your skin. Let the best man/women for each college admission, job, or position win.

            Comment by cali — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 3:14am PDT  
      • Agreed. Hollywood is sinking. Their politics of filth has caught up with them. Flop, flop and more flops. America (and a lot of The West and Beyond) wants wholesome. Not fornication as a “right.” Which is obvious if you look at the box office of the top films.

        Comment by brian — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 4:46pm PDT  
      • 25 million is horrible..libs pumping movie with ‘big opening’ headline..saw the movie and it was horrible.

        Comment by JackPark Slope — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 6:46am PDT  
      • I agree Robert.
        I’m sure that $35ml barely covered Oprah’s salary.

        Comment by KansasGirl — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 8:22pm PDT  
    • How are people not seeing Paranoia? It’s a smart, thrilling and original–what’s that? No Mr.Tooley, your dry cleaning isn’t ready yet. Yes, I’m working on the Deadline post right now.–anyway, it’s a must-see for the summer!

      Comment by spaceheater — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 3:48pm PDT  
      • Liam Hemsworth is not a star. He’s a big foreign guy. Just because he’s white doesn’t make him any less of a foreigner, and that matters. He dated Miley Cyrus. So he has zero taste in women. He’s not cool.

        He’s in a big franchise. But he has zero charisma. There is nothing interesting about him at all. He’s probably a super nice guy, but he’s bland as hell. He’s generically handsome.

        Comment by thou — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 11:19pm PDT  
        • I agree that Liam Hemsworth is rather bland but why does it matter that he is a foreigner? Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugh Jackman, Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson and Tom Hiddleston are among the most charismatic and talented actors in film. Their incredibly successful films confirm that the majority of Americans are concerned with being entertained and not with the actors’ passports.

          Comment by Talent matters — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 8:15pm PDT  
      • The trailer for Paranoia had nothing of interest in it. Seriously, it was completely baffling what this movie was about, or why I should see it. It deserves to fail.

        Comment by John W — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 4:58am PDT  
        • It was actually a pretty good book. The movie does look like more of a rental though.

          Comment by Gene — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 6:02pm PDT  
      • Hmm, it’s an undermarketed film nobody’s heard of with another Aussie generic-looking star and has a 2% Rottentomatoes score.TWO percent? Ouch. Even if you don’t believe such things matter, at 2%, they matter. Anyway, that’s why. And easy on the starch!

        Comment by Mike — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 10:47am PDT  
        • I blame the head of marketing for the film company. What’s that? She’s about to be canned? Oh, OK.

          Comment by Bob — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 11:50am PDT  
      • I’ll check Paranoia out.

        Comment by Mary — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 7:29pm PDT  
    • Didn’t you see that 72 percent said Oprah made them MORE enclined to see the picture ? The woman is on fire right now with her ventures making health profits again.

      Comment by Mohammed — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 4:32pm PDT  
      • If that was true, How come her network is bombing in the ratings?

        Comment by John — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 10:39pm PDT  
        • Actually, this is the first year that her network has turned a corner and is doing well, both rating-wise and financially (as reported right here on Deadline).

          So get your facts straight.

          Comment by jjsemp — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 1:56am PDT  
        • Ratings and profits are two different things… Love her or hate her, Ms. Winfrey has tremendous business acumen…

          Comment by Cliff — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 7:20am PDT  
        • It’s not bombing anymore, but that has nothing to do with Oprah and everything to do with Tyler Perry. They might as well just rename the network “Tyler Perry’s OWN” as all of its relative ratings successes are Tyler Perry projects.

          Comment by JCAR — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 2:24pm PDT  
        • Cause she’s giving away free cars.

          buying good will only goes far.

          Comment by demopublican — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 6:20pm PDT  
        • HUH? OWN is doing the best it has ever done thanks to Tyler Perry’s two shows for it. Are you kidding? Did you see the numbers for viwership since Tyler got on board?

          Comment by taxi — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 8:53pm PDT  
        • actually its not. shes turning a profit 6 months ahead oh schedule. #ufail

          Comment by melvin — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 11:31pm PDT  
        • OWN is turning a profit, especially with Tyler Perry’s two series.

          Comment by Blondie — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 8:47pm PDT  
      • Funny, what two years ago she was dying with her OWN startup losing money like mad and all of a sudden she is back, successful. Wonder, how much Fed money she got? Probably some law to help black entrepreners not fail. Just sayin. Somebody is keeping her afloat.

        Comment by Morgan Mundane — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 2:15pm PDT  
        • You know what is keeping her afloat….billions of dollars. She has her OWN network for Christ’s sake. She could give the government some of her money……lol

          Comment by Nun YA — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 11:29pm PDT  
      • Ha, ha Oprah is losing millions and deseprately trying to relevant going so far as to twice play the race card for attention and sympathy. I wouldn’t waste a dime seeing this movie…..It will be free on tv in a few months!

        Comment by bounder — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 2:55pm PDT  
        • I agree. Race baiting will do nothing for her reputation. She now is in the same league with Sharpton and Jackson

          Comment by Marsha — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 11:10am PDT  
          • Beautiful, flawless statement.

            Oprah was the best of the best, poster child for post-racial America. But, as it turns out, the best is no better than Sharpton.

            Comment by Phil McKann — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 7:34pm PDT  
          • Oprah is by no means in the same category as Sharpton and Jackson, she has her own category and she is a billionaire. She doesn’t care whether you like her or not. She can buy and sell you over and over again. Oprah can do what she damn well pleases.

            Comment by Nun YA — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 11:39pm PDT  
      • BS! She instigated all the press last week. She lost her popularity with her fans when she endorsed her Chicago pal. She is a has been

        Comment by Anonymous — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 6:37pm PDT  
      • The film botches history, including that of they guy it was based on. Oprah played the race card against a relatively defenseless shop keep and got the film rewarded for it.

        Comment by Emer — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 8:48am PDT  
    • At first I dismissed John’s comment as naive and simplistic until I realized, “Yeah, that actually makes sense.”

      So the fool in the picture was me.

      Comment by Classic Liberal — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 4:38pm PDT  
      • Classic Liberal has committed one of the most dignified acts among humans and certainly among the Internerts: Admitting error. Bravo!!!

        Comment by BraveNewWhirled — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 10:07am PDT  
    • If that’s the case then they’re looking in the wrong place. This movie is pretty juvenile in the way it handles the Civil Rights Movement.

      Comment by Sploich — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 4:39pm PDT  
      • “Juvenile?” How so? Don’t make ridiculous accusations without stating examples. What do you even know about Civil Rights other than you probably wish it didn’t exist?

        Comment by toni — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 6:49am PDT  
      • Movies like this serve mostly as divisive, revisionist History lessons for the low information crowd and while entertaining, usually wind up portraying whitey as the villain.

        Comment by Circling the Drain... — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 8:54am PDT  
      • “The Butler” is also juvenile in the way it handles and depicts the truth as the film reported is filled with falsehoods and seem more in serving the film makers ideology than displaying any truth.

        Comment by conbug — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 2:32pm PDT  
        • Jane Fonda as Nancy says everything. This movie is a really a slap in the face of the Reagan era. It’s meant to discredit all the great accomplishments of that administration. It’s completely historically inaccurate.

          Comment by cali — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 3:18am PDT  
      • True, but not as juvenile as Man of Steel or ANY OTHER movie this summer.

        Comment by squarebird — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 6:34pm PDT  
        • Um. Man of Steel is meant to be a work of fiction, asshole.

          All right children, you’ve had all summer long to bash tentpole flicks you’ve never seen.

          (And why you idiots won’t sound off on the tidal wave of unfunny shitcoms is beyond me. And as a sidenote, can the makers of these shitcoms start including laugh tracks like on TV? That way the Sex and the City thundercunts who insist on seeing We’re the Millers over Elysium on date night will know when to actually laugh.)

          And as we get towards “serious season” it’s only fair that the other side take aim at your pretentious awards bait fluff like The Butler.

          Comment by You're in timeout! — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 10:09am PDT  
        • Man of Steel juvenile? Its a comic book movie. Of course its juvenile. Its also much more entertaining than the tripe that gets passed for artsy movies, like The Butler. What a contrived piece of crap. Its boring, fraudulent, and just plain dumb. If I want to watch a smart flick, I’ll put in “pi” .

          Comment by Davis — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 6:50pm PDT  
    • And I would expect future homevideo sales will be great too.

      Comment by jack — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 4:43pm PDT  
      • And coming very soon to home video.

        Comment by Bill Collins — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 10:35pm PDT  
    • I disagree I think Oprah is main reason people are going to see this

      because nearly everyone in my family is asking
      has anyone seen the trailer for that new “Oprah movie”

      Comment by roxas — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 5:12pm PDT  
    • Yeah, some good ole fashioned propaganda always cures what ails you.

      Comment by cogito ergo sum — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 5:28pm PDT  
    • LIES! There is a reason Oprah is basically the only actor in the film doing promo for it. Yes, audience are welcoming something more serious and in touch with reality, but to say Oprah had no impact when this film wasn’t even suppose to hit $15 million is beyond a stretch of the truth.

      Comment by LJ — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 5:36pm PDT  
      • Does anyone REALLY believe that they made a movie for $25MM(plus marketing costs)and expected it to make ONLY $15MM on opening weekend? They expected WAY more and are trying to spin the disappointing numbers since it didn’t explode in box office receipts. It will be gone next week and well so….

        Comment by G PABICH — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 9:40am PDT  
    • Serious?
      Except none of it is true.

      Comment by Cindy — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 6:25pm PDT  
      • Exactly what part of the movie wasn’t -true—–slave masters raping woman, blacks in cotton fields, segregation, freedom riders, KKK, lynchings, Emmit Till’s murder, lunch counter sit-in, water hoses and attack dogs used on students, civil rights movement, bombing of churches, Little Rock nine,March on Washington, King’s assassination, or Kennedy’s assassination . We know the main character was fictional, but based on an actual person who served for 34 years in the White House. However other parts of the movie was based on actual events in history.

        Comment by Annette — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 10:06pm PDT  
        • live in the past much, annette?

          Comment by Anderson Pooper — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 12:46pm PDT  
    • It’s a shame they’ll be seeing a sanctimonious Lifetime flick which borders on parody…

      Comment by Will — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 7:08pm PDT  
    • The movie has already been proven to be factually incorrect. I think it has more to do with the PC mentality of the country, and the need to make people feel good about themselves, weather based on reality or not.

      Comment by Derrick — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 8:05pm PDT  
      • If you did not go through the Hate and brutatility that is displayed in the movie you will say it is not based on reality. But it is very real from someone who lived through that era. America is still a
        place where values are more talked about than real for a large segament of the population.

        Comment by joe — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 8:37am PDT  
      • From what I read 80% of democrats in congress were against Johnson’s civil rights act yet the film says the democrats help pass the act. It was the Republicans who voted for and passed the Civil rights Act of 1964. But Hollywood film makers don’t let these facts get in their ways of telling lies and falsehoods in their supposedly TRUE life dramas.

        Comment by conbug — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 2:37pm PDT  
        • Democrats and Republicans were different back then. Why not also mention that Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, was Republican? All that has zip to do with politics in 2013.

          Comment by reality check — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 9:48am PDT  
          • How do you know if Democrats and Republicans were different back then? Which party did you belong to in the late 50′s and early 60′s? Most commenting here only know what they were taught in school, which has been extremely biased.

            Comment by Avis Ferndale — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 10:43am PDT  
          • How are Democrats and Republicans different? Name one Republican candidate who ran on segregation ? Oh not one. thought so. Name some Democrats? No problem, lots of them.
            The Southern strategy was not used to get the racist vote.. it was based on the economy and handling of China. Nothing to do with segregation.
            The lies the MSM told back in those days is astounding. Now they can’t get away with it because of the internet.
            You need a “reset” in your flawed thinking.

            Comment by carla — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 10:22pm PDT  
          • ah the old liberal lie about the Southern Strategy, which was based on economic policies and strategy with China. Old MSM lied to people and got away with it with the low info voters.

            Comment by carla — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 10:25pm PDT  
        • The Civil Rights Movement and subsequent laws passed to give all the same rights were fought FOR by most Republicans and fought AGINSTED by Democrats in Congress. It was the Democrats like Gov George Wallace (D) who stood in doorways of schools and would not Blacks in. Some how the media has got the facts over the years turned around to suite their Socialist Agenda.

          Comment by Mike — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 11:43am PDT  
    • I don’t know if it is because viewers are bored with the action stuff now or if it is mostly Oprah’s fans just following her rat pack. When she told people what books were good- they bought those to, but I know many now who said they were never thrilled by her choice. Some people just have to have a hero and a rich black woman with a big mouth seems to fill the bill easily enough. I plan to wait until it is on television and then I might or might not watch it. The real book by the real Butler would be more to my taste. Not made up racist pandering from the Oprah.

      Comment by Jo Anne — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 8:20pm PDT  
      • I just have a simple question for you.
        Are you being fair to critique a movie that you haven’t seen
        and readily admit that you may not view?
        Additionally,one’s transparency is clearly revealed through his criticism of others

        Comment by Deb Smith — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 10:55am PDT  
      • “Some people just have to have a hero and a rich white man with a big mouth seems to fill the bill easily enough.”

        I’m waiting for Rush Limbaugh to open a movie.

        Comment by yep, you're racist — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 2:21pm PDT  
      • There is no real book by the Butler himself. The book making the rounds is by the Washington Post columnist who wrote about the butler before the 2008 election.

        Comment by brandonjaye — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 5:20pm PDT  
      • People are bored with endless loud and cartoonish CGI scenes – especially in 3D.

        Comment by squarebird — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 6:35pm PDT  
      • “The Oprah” didn’t make this film; as the article explains, she only appears in it as an actress.

        Comment by KC — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 9:16am PDT  
    • No, these tickets were bought by the PBGI (Professional Black Grievance Industry.) The revisionism in this film is epic.

      Comment by Jack — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 8:52pm PDT  
      • I think you might have this industry confused with the Republican party. How many decades have they been preaching the politics of never-ending resentment?

        Comment by Mike — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 6:06am PDT  
      • ‘Revisionism’? Please explain. It’s hard to take your comment as anything but right-wing hate speech without some context. I’m interested in what lead you to this conclusion. Also, did you pay to see it? Have you actually seen it?

        Comment by Sharon — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 4:03pm PDT  
        • Why is it when anyone comments on a movie that really does play softball with the facts around it and revises what really happened people yell right wing hate speech, leave the name calling out and discuss the facts – the Reagan stuff was 100% fiction, he never did any thing it shows about South Africa and the general way it portrays all the presidents is very one sided. The Director had an agenda that is left leaning,


          Comment by Tom — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 11:38am PDT  
          • And it’s impossible to read your comment as anything but race-baiting hate speech, Sharon. Feel superior yet?

            Comment by Caroline — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 7:11pm PDT  
      • Well…that’s how it works in the music biz.The record label buys it’s own crappy music back and say it’s a hit then everyone talks about how good it is doing on the brainwashing perception management TEEE VEE screen…..
        Oprah has worn our her welcome and needs to go away.I wouldn’t be surprised if SHE bought the tickets with her ill gotten gains she has looted over the years.
        Oprah has no children she is leaving millions to her ….dogs LOL
        Who cares about her….Go away Oprah your ratings stink and I bet you paid for these commenters here “praising” your garbage.Politicians and the government buy “friends” on social networks all the time.Oprah is just another has been that can’t handle the fact she is washed up.Thanks for Obama Oprah! We loved that you did that for us BTW.

        Comment by Poorah — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 6:00pm PDT  
        • How it works in the book biz too. Celebrity “authors” will block buy stacks of their books to be given away at interviews or in swag bags, or just stockpile them. Then, in addition to getting some HUGE advance, they get to call themselves a “best selling author”, hoping this will jump start actual buys. BookScan tries to factor for block buys, but there are ways around it. And yeah, it works with music and movie ticket orders.
          100 books sold is not the same as 100 book buyers, and 100 tickets sold is not 100 butts in the seats.

          Comment by Barbara — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 1:30pm PDT  
      • Right and nothing like the 95% of white reviosionist films we get from everything from native american stories to american history. johny depp as tonto? come on son!

        Comment by tix — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 8:56pm PDT  
        • Who says that was written by whites?

          AND, The Lone Ranger was based on a TV & radio series written by leftists in Hollywood.

          STFU, BOY.

          Comment by Hang liberals — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 8:03pm PDT  
      • It didn’t hit me until I read your comment. “#1 ticket-seller on both big online ticketsellers Fandango and MovieTickets Thursday” as opposed to box office reports. That makes more sense as I do not know of anyone who is planning to go.

        Comment by Janet — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 9:19pm PDT  
        • Oddly, I know plenty of people who do want to see and who did see it.

          Comment by KC — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 9:19am PDT  
    • If audiences gave two tugs of a dead dog’s cock about “serious and grown-up,” they could have found it any weekend of the year. They’re excited about The Butler because of the hype that’s been built up around it for months, of which Oprah is a major part.

      Comment by Russ — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 9:26pm PDT  
      • Never liked Oprah’s “dumbed down tv show” and would NEVER see a movie with Hanoi Jane Fonda in it……she isnt’ fit to kiss the hem of Nancy Reagan’s dress.

        Comment by kitty hogan — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 6:26am PDT  
      • You’re right. The purse incident in Switzerland was staged perfectly.

        Comment by Mary — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 12:04pm PDT  
        • if remember right, she was “followed” in a high end store in switzerland few yrs ago also….made a big deal out of it then too…

          Comment by S.B. Eley — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 2:22am PDT  
          • That was France, Hermes, 2005. The store was closed because they were getting ready for a special event. O blew in, and couldn’t GET IN. Somebody either didn’t know who she was, or didn’t care, as they were getting ready for their event. She cried “racism” then too, just as the movie “Crash” was coming out starring her friend, Don Cheadle. She never changes, and it’s not a good thing.

            Comment by Leeway — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 2:51pm PDT  
    • The only thing “serious and grownup” available to viewers this weekend is Breaking Bad Episode 5.2B.

      Comment by Fred Zarguna — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 10:18pm PDT  
    • I would have seen “The Butler” but because OPRAH is in it, that will be like a Jane Fonda movie and never be watched!!! Has nothing to do with race either, it’s POLITICS and CHARACTER!

      Comment by maduroman — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 4:53am PDT  
    • Not sure if people are looking for something more serious. People have been flocking to “We’re the Millers” all week more than they’ve been going to see “Elysium” and I think Millers is going to come in second ahead of Kick Ass.

      Comment by Mike — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 6:56am PDT  
    • Can’t imagine anyone wanting to see anything where Hanoi Jane wa as Nancy Reagan! And now there have been articles about the mis handling of Reagan’s attitudes towards civil rights! This is just another left leaning Hollywood propaganda piece.

      Comment by gincole — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 7:33am PDT  
    • Bull, I will not see it because of her false racist charges.

      Comment by poetopoet — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 12:45pm PDT  
    • I hurts me that Jane (the traitor) Fonda had the huevos to accept the low life’s invitation to play the role of Nancy Reagan. Yes, I am a Vietnam vet and yes she did the low life traitorous things she is reported as doing. She is a very good example of what money and connections can do for people. Even a traitor can get off. Then you have Lynsey (Loman) Lohan and Patty Hearst to name a couple more that seem to get away with almost murder if they have money and connections. And you sheep thought we lived in a country of rules and laws. Only for you suckers!

      Comment by Mensa Graham — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 4:01pm PDT  
    • Don’t PAY to be LIED TO.

      Comment by DontPay2BLiedTo — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 5:36pm PDT  
    • I think 25M is pathetic. The article is making like it’s fabulous. No one is paying to see Hollywood right now.
      If they would make a movie with some interesting and intelligent dialog, a great suspense plot and some actors that don’t get political, it might draw some crowds. We’re not paying those who support our demise money to act.
      I personally would not want to see Jane Fonda playing Nancy Reagan. That is almost blasphemy. It’s a slap in Reagan’s face at least.

      Comment by mary — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 7:25pm PDT  
    • the reason is that blacks desperately want to believe that something racial happened to a black butler. it’s only so tough to figure out.

      Comment by custer244 — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 7:37pm PDT  
      • No custer244, the problem is whites who desperately, pathetically want to run away from, hide from, or suppress the racial history of this country. Just accept it. For most of its existence this country has treated it’s non-white citizens horrifically in many instances (the justice system, when they served in the military for us, in daily life, in professional life). It’s a FACT and African Americans shouldn’t be attacked or made to feel guilty for simply wanting to portray their experiences just because their history doesn’t flatter white people. They didn’t ask for that history and now they have to keep it quiet because you’re too weak in character to handle seeing it.

        White people can tell ANY story about their history they want with as much hagiography and fabrication as they want, but Black people can’t? These whiny attacks (on this website and others) by right wing whites every time a movie about African American history is made is the new way to keep Black people held down (“your stories shouldn’t be told. Only our stories should be movies”); it’s the new racism. And btw, Schindler’s List had fictionalized characters as well.

        Comment by Get Real — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 11:22am PDT  
        • Liberals desperately, pathetically want to keep the race baiting going so they can get votes. Just accept it. They have nothing else to offer blacks or whites.

          Comment by BeReal — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 4:34pm PDT  
        • “. . .hiding, suppressing”? Are you kidding me? The NAACP, Congressional Black Congress, MSNBC, Hollywood and most print publications devote themselves to racial demagoguery. You couldn’t avoid the “pity the poor black population” cultural requirement if you tried. The problem is that, like most demagoguery, it loses it’s effectiveness over time. Whites (who, btw, didn’t commit the crimes against blacks from previous generations) begin to avoid black people (and other minorities) in order to prevent groundless, baseless accusations. Segregation is the order of the day, if whites refuse to adopt the pity principal that fuels the income redistribution and reparation leveraged of innocent people. The education process ensures that future generations will swallow the race bait(ing) and comply with the same coercion. The idea that Obama was going to give up the rewards of this thinking and unite the country is what disappoints many of his liberal followers. But it won’t stop liberal whites from using this race baiting against other whites (esp. conservatives). They seek to elevate themselves by trashing others who would have liked to see genuine change and growth within the black community, instead of the devastating sameness.

          Comment by Anonymous — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 6:57pm PDT  
          • Perfectly said. I’ve seen biatching here, bemoaning the fact that the comments on this site have been overtaken by a conservative political element, which holds Hollywood, and it’s loud-mouthed, overblown, overpaid, overrated actors and celebrities responsible at the box office for the drivel they spew, the people they support and refuses to indulge them by seeing their movies or supporting them in any way. It’s real, one of the reasons why Hollywood is struggling, and it’s only the beginning.

            Comment by Leeway — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 3:08pm PDT  
    • Serious and grown up?

      Only if you like Liberal propaganda.

      Comment by dr bugsy — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 6:18am PDT  
    • How is a biased account with glaring lies and omissions made to damage a specific political party “serious and grown-up”? I believe it is immature fantasy propaganda. This is just another ploy to keep the “race war” alive in this country, even though it seems the only ones who are up in arms about it are…the race-mongers who profit from it. (Oprah included). If she or ANY of these people of color who made it would just tell the truth – that “ANYONE can make it in America, look at me!”, instead of false indignation and hatred for the very people who helped make them successful, it would send a more unifying message. All we have now is a couple of generations who believe they can act however they want and NOT get called on it because they are any color other than white, or they can play the race card. This is the problem. I always grew-up basing how I feel about a person by their character, NOT their color. Maybe people of color should do the same, while checking their own character…

      Comment by Curt — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 7:11am PDT  
      • Curt: Your lengthy statement posted at 7:am Sunday says it all. It’s all about character not color as MLK himself said it.

        Comment by josephbm — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 10:59pm PDT  
    • Elysium opened to 30 million weekend and was said to be tanking. I guess making 25 million is much, much better.

      Comment by Mike Cambell — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 8:31am PDT  
      • The budgets bring things into context. While Elysium made $30 million opening weekend, the budget was $115 million. The Butler made $25 million opening weekend and the budget was $30 million. Big difference.

        Comment by John Wilson — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 2:44pm PDT  
      • How successful a movie is depends on its budget and genre, imbecile. “The Butler” has almost completely recouped its costs already. “Elysium” cost almost $100 million.

        Comment by Sean C. — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 4:59pm PDT  
      • The difference is that Elysium cost more than $100 Million to produce, while The Butler cost barely half of that.

        You do know how profit and revenue works, right?

        Comment by Fremen — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 5:50pm PDT  
      • Well Mike, Elysium cost 100 Million and was a Sony tentpole with 50 Million added in for P&A, meanwhile The Butler production and ads cost much, much less. Do the math before you speak.

        Comment by TallPirate — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 6:56pm PDT  
    • Two reasons not to go. Oprah and Jane Fonda playing Nancy.

      Comment by lemon — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 10:21am PDT  
    • Of course we are all surprised that a media mogul, would play the race card, the star card, the victim card and the media card to hype her Bank card!!!

      Comment by Dr. Sidney Mysterious — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 4:27pm PDT  
    • This headline feels belittling. This opened well because people wanted to see it. Harrison Ford promoted his film, Ashton Kutcher promoted his. Oprah promoted the film like anyone with a lead in a movie would. Audiences were interested in the film.

      Comment by Kento — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 6:19pm PDT  
    • This was a formulaic tear jerker and the actors who played the Presidents eg, Robin Williams as Eisenhower and Liev Shreiber as Reagan, were ridiculous. Fonda as Nancy was over the top-more like an SNL skit.

      Comment by Stan — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 8:45pm PDT  
    • Another movie about Black people in service to Whites. What about Madame Walker, Booker T. or George Washington Carver. WE have plenty of positive Black history without the same old Oprah”Black folks have to suffer” movies.

      Comment by Duke — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 11:10pm PDT  
    • The question is how much did it cost to make? I cannot tolerate Oprah. I find her to be the racist. The fact it only drew $25m. doesn’t prove it broke all records. People are sick of the bias everywhere we turn. So if you ask me if weren’t for her and her big mouth on every network for 2 weeks maybe the movie might have been better.

      Comment by Mary Triola — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 10:02am PDT  
  • Older folks go to matinees

    Comment by Promo guy — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 3:39pm PDT  
    • All white people would be smart to go earlier.
      Otherwise, they would be targets of “knock-out” or “poplar bear” beat downs.
      I wouldn’t let my children near any theatre in the evening.
      Be safe people.

      Comment by KansasGirl — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 8:53pm PDT  
  • Well, of course, it hit big! Oprah Winfrey is in it! But it is SO sad how they misrepresent Reagan (not to say he was without fault)! But, that is the liberal way!

    Comment by poorhardworker — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 3:41pm PDT  
    • Reagan was pure trash. He supported the apartheid regime in South Africa, and sent weapons to the Contras resulting in untold deaths, and also gave aid and support to Sadaam Hussein.
      If anything their portrayal of Reagan couldn’t have been as damaging as what that scumbag actually was in real life.

      Comment by JaySmack — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 5:38am PDT  
    • And the Republican way is to misrepresent wars instead. Bush lied and hundreds of thousands died.

      Now if we could get back to talking about movies on a MOVIE SITE that would be great.

      Comment by Mike — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 6:24am PDT  
    • How is he misrepresented?

      Comment by Sharon — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 3:59pm PDT  
    • Misrepresenting Reagan was a given. The left has not been able to destroy this icon, but they keep trying.

      Reagan not a racist in any way. When he was on the football team in college, he took two black players home with him to stay with his family when the hotel would not let them stay there with the team. Etc.

      Comment by Evangeline Brabant — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 11:38am PDT  
  • Funny that it is a hit in a mattinee. All of the rest us are at work. I wouldn’t give this person a dime of my money.

    Comment by Misty1 in CA — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 3:42pm PDT  
    • Guess who goes to matinees? Retirees, college students, people who work the night shift (cops, security guards, machinists, hospital personnel).

      Bigotry and ignorance are each other’s best friends.

      Comment by Donella — Tuesday August 20, 2013 @ 9:56pm PDT  
  • Oprah is a small part but The great cast and good reviews also helped.

    Comment by Curtis — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 3:43pm PDT  
  • A flash audience. As soon as America’s butlers and feel good liberals have seen the picture, there will be empty seats next week.

    Comment by Bob Forsberg — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 3:45pm PDT  
  • It appears Oprah’s race remarks did exactly what she wanted. It brought attention to her and the movie. IMO she is very self-serving.

    Comment by Stedman — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 3:47pm PDT  
    • BINGO STEDMAN, you hit the nail on the head! That and her silly international incident with Switzerland. As Hillary would have put it, “What’s the difference?! It’s only a plus size for my vajayjay!”

      I would only see this movie if I was guaranteed a free car of my choice in the deal! If she made president in 2016, she better dole out those Harpo stimuleses.

      Comment by Nid — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 11:32pm PDT  
    • Agree 100%….too bad the same people who think America is fine right now are the people who bought tickets to that farce.

      Comment by Mary — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 12:05pm PDT  
  • America’s Vietnam veterans hope and pray all Americans will boycott this movie. Jane Fonda who betrayed us portrays Nancy Reagan. Please do not see this movie.

    Comment by jim perry — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 3:57pm PDT  
    • All my friends and aquaintances are boycotting this movie mainly because they don’t care for Oprah and especially not for Jane Fonda playing Nancy Reagan. As Roger Hedgecock said “how would you liberals feel if Ann Coulter played Hillary Clinton?”

      Comment by Annabel — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 8:16pm PDT  
    • I refuse to see anything Jane Fonda is in…also, I have no respect for liberal hollywood and will not support them. I do find anything to do with civil rights interesting….I will read the book!

      Comment by Elsie — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 9:01pm PDT  
      • Jane Fonda marched against the Vietnam War…so what!!! We didn’t win the war. WTF GET OVER IT. What losers. lol

        Comment by Nun YA — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 11:59pm PDT  
        • She “marched” against the war? What glue are you on today, fool? She passed notes to our enemies. She put American lives in danger. She caused beatings and death. There are Vietnam Vets alive today in SPITE of Hanoi Jane who remember her well. Read some history, you idiot. Some REAL history, and not something Hollywood has gotten it’s grubby little mitts on to further an agenda and make a buck.

          Comment by Leeway — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 3:15pm PDT  
    • You couldn’t PAY me enough for me to go see this movie with the Narcissist and the Traitor as stars. My heart is with the men that Fonda had beaten and murdered. Hanoi Jane is a pud, and if she fell on her face in a mud-puddle in front of me, I would make sure I splashed in it while she was still there. Oprah panders to Racists, and IS one, so, nothing there to see except a couple of poor excuses of humanity.

      Comment by bumpkin — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 11:35pm PDT  
      • Jane Fonda has beaten and murdered some people? Really? Do you have any proof for this?

        Comment by Tony — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 8:50am PDT  
        • Don’t be an idiot azzklown, “Tony”.

          POWs met with Fonda so she could see how they were doing (right!). One of them slipped her a few notes to take back with her – the notes described how they were being starved, tortured, beaten.

          What does this Hollywood Ho do?


          She leaves, and the POWS had the living hell beaten out of them by the North Vietnamese in retaliation for the notes. I’m not sure whether any prisoners died directly because of the beatings, but it’s certainly possible.

          Now – is THAT plain enough for your single digit liberal lying IQ to comprehend, “Tony”?

          Comment by getalife — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 8:11pm PDT  
      • How is Oprah Winfrey a racist?

        Comment by KC — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 9:29am PDT  
        • Because she has jumped on the Al Sharpton/Jesse Jackson bandwagon, KC, and if it sounds like it’s against blacks, she has been screaming “racist”!

          Testing, testing… come in, KC, do you read us, over?

          Comment by getalife — Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 8:14pm PDT  
          • So, getalife, is it racist for any person of color to speak about what the challenges they face as non whites? Or is it just Oprah?

            Can’t wait to see this film!

            Comment by realdeal — Monday August 19, 2013 @ 2:29am PDT  
  • Wow…looks like Paranoia Is going to be a huge bomb! Looks like Hemsworth Jnr cant carry a film with pretty boy looks alone without the words “hunger games” in the title

    Comment by Razor — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 3:58pm PDT  
    • Liam Hemsworth didn’t carry the Hunger Games either… That was down to the story itself and much better actors portraying the major characters and villain. He had a minor role, which is where he should stay.

      Comment by Laura — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 11:28am PDT  
  • Refuse to see any movie with Hanoi Jane. And from the initial reviews. The movie that is supposed to be based on real life events. Takes to many “creative” licenses to make something nonfictional to fictional.

    Comment by Derek — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 3:58pm PDT  
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