Thursday, May 30, 2024

Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11-9” — with No Smoking Gun– At Less Than $6 Mil After 17 Days


Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11-9” is enlightening, elucidating, and enlivening.

But the much anticipated documentary is a dud at the box office. Without a smoking gun, a big reveal, or a scoop, “11-9” has scored less than $6 million in 17 days of release.

The film is now eyeing a theatrical finish around $6 million when it winds down next Friday.

It’s a disappointment for the audience, for Moore, and for the new Briarcliff distribution company. The only good news is that “11-9” finishes $2 million higher than Moore’s last release, “Where to Invade Next.”

But of course the numbers are way off from the original film, “Fahrenheit 9-11,” which soared to the amazing heights of $177 million.

The problem is that Donald Trump is involved in ten scandals a day, all of them provable. But he exhausts the public. And his base of nitwits don’t seem to care if he’s broken 10 laws, offended 10 countries, or tried to undermine the basic values of the United States. There’s no ‘a hah’ moment when the whole day is BREAKING NEWS.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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