Go Woke, Go Broke: ‘First Man’ a Box Office Disappointment
Looks like removing any references to America in the Neil Armstrong biopic First Man, the latest movie from La La Land director Damien Chazelle, didn’t pay off at all.
According to the recent ticket sales report on Box Office Mojo, the film cost $59 million to make, not counting an extra $50 million for marketing costs. But Deadline reports that it performed way below expectations by earning just $16 million domestically, with a total of $25 million worldwide.
This resulted in the film ranking at #3, below Universal’s expectations of a $29 million opening. John Nolte of Breitbart News said this about the disappointing performance:
At worst, the story of Neil Armstrong’s historic trip to the moon was projected to do much better, anywhere between $19 million and $21 million. Keep in mind, though, that those projections are usually downplayed as a means to save face and to inspire free publicity when a film over-performs.
In other words, $16 million is a catastrophe for a movie that probably cost $100 million to $125 million to produce and publicize.
Mr. Nolte is definitely over-exaggerating when it comes to the disappointing opening weekend, but he is right about how the people behind the film should be scratching their heads thinking, “What happened?” But, why did it fail to dethrone such box office juggernauts such as Sony’s Venom and Warner Bros.’ A Star is Born?
For one thing, could the main reason why it didn’t do so well at the box office last weekend be because it removed Armstrong painting the American flag on the moon, which was a crucial part of the Apollo 11 mission? As previously stated, First Man star Ryan Gosling decided to run his globalist mouth by saying it was more of a “human story” than an American one, which already had the potential of alienating those that had watched the mission on live TV right when it happened.
Sources like The Hollywood Reporter can ignore the real story all they want, but the fact that the film removed most references to America is part of the reason why the movie did so badly on its opening weekend.
There’s no doubt that Damien Chazelle is a talented director. His movie La La Land is just one of those classics that will withstand the test of time, especially due to its influence from the extravagant MGM musicals of the 30’s and 40’s.
When La La Land was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture (although lost to Moonlight), it definitely showed Chazelle’s potential to join the ranks of such mainstream cinema pioneers as Walt Disney, Steven Spielberg, and George Lucas. But now, with this revisionist take on the Neil Armstrong story, that potential has been totally shattered with anyone other than coastal elites.
It doesn’t help that he has made some vicious anti-Trump comments on Twitter according to Billboard magazine, making calls to impeach him for racism and misogyny.
I can’t tell you how disappointing this First Man situation is. But it’s no accident, it’s being produced by Universal Pictures, whose parent company is propaganda central in the USA.
And you wonder why much of the entertainment industry is losing ground to streaming.