On July 28th, former Vice President Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, was released in theaters. The film was a follow up to An Inconvenient Truth, and centers around climate change, as well as Gore’s theory of how people affect the climate, and what can be done to stop it.
Fox News reports that Gore’s new film bombed at the box office. On the film’s first weekend it barely pulled into the 15th spot on the list. The first film made $50 million at the box office, while the sequel only pulled in $1 million during its opening weekend. Apparently, the sequel isn’t resonating with the people the way the first film did.
Paramount, who released the film, decided not to give it a nationwide release as initially planned. Instead, they released the film on four different screens in both Los Angeles and New York. After a week, it launched at another 180 theaters.
D.R. Tucker, a writer for the Washington Monthly, stated, “However, considering the fact that this is arguably the first major anti-Trump documentary to hit theatres — and considering the public outrage over Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement — Paramount should have stuck to its original plan.”
It would appear that this has more to do with political opinion and less to do with facts and how they’re explained. For example, an anti-Hillary Clinton documentary was released this year titled Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, a film produced by Dinesh D’Souza.
D’souza’s film brought in $13 million at the box office, according to Box Office Mojo, and it came out in only three theaters. It is evident that people preferred one film to the other, despite the faux hate the Left comes up with about Trump.
Hollywood Reporter notes that Gore will present and air the sequel at the Zurich International Film Festival this October.
It is unknown how many people will participate in the film festival and how many will commit to an appearance during the airing of Gore’s film. If the numbers look anything like they did at the box office, there will likely be quite a few open seats.
All 535 members of Congress were invited by Gore to an exclusive viewing of the film on July 19th. Not a single Republican member of Congress attended the airing of the movie, which took place just under two miles away from the US Capitol Building. The reason they refused to participate may have something to do with the hypocrisy surrounding Gore and the film.
A think-tank called the National Center for Public Policy Research discovered that Gore’s home in Nashville, Tennessee uses a significant amount of energy. The group found that he uses around 21 times more power than the average American home.
It is unknown at this point if Gore plans to work on a third film in this series. With the mediocre success of the second, it doesn’t appear to be a wise business decision.