Super Leftist Rob Reiner Stinks Up the Box Office with "Shock and Awe"
"Know your audience" is one of those basics Hollywood big cheeses should try to remember, then put into practice. Most audiences are not, contrary to what Hollywood's residents may believe, other leftist sycophants cooking their vegan meals with Bernie Sander's old man secretions. Americans do not like being lectured to by left-coast elites who prattle on endlessly about how all presidents with an R following their names are comic book villains worse than Steppenwolf. The godawful CGI embarrassment in Justice League. Not the rock band. So Rob Reiner, who's not been shy about his hatred of Donald Trump, shouldn't feign shock when reading the paltry box office numbers for his film Shock and Awe.
“Shock and Awe” grossed only $41,000 on its opening weekend after being shown in only 100 theaters, according to Box Office Mojo. “Shock and Awe” finished No. 34 overall, behind numerous movies that have already been in theaters for several weeks, according to the service. Reiner’s film lost to other movies that were played in a limited number of theaters, including “Eighth Grade,” which was shown in only four theaters but managed to gross $252,284, according to the site.
So yes, it had a limited release, but a film showing in only four theaters grossed more than Reiner's film showing in 100. I'm no mathematician, but I'd say that's numerically significant. Not something you'd want to add to your LinkedIn, trying to solicit recommendations.
Reiner, an outspoken critic of President Trump, plays a courageous editor in the film about a group of Knight Ridder reporters who are skeptical of President George W. Bush's claim that that Saddam Hussein was hiding "weapons of mass destruction," which resulted in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The film’s synopsis notes that it is based on the true events of “the only ones who got it right" when the journalists “questioned the true nature of the Bush White House's justification for the conflict.”
So not only is Meathead an adamant, and vocal, Trump-hater, but the movie is about an event the leftist media, in cahoots with Hollywood, wouldn't stop beating on about: weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The American people heard about this story/scandal/who done it/mystery/issue/thing for years. Perhaps -- bear with me here -- the American public didn't want to see another rendition of the left's favorite pastime before calling Trump "literally Hitler." That is, calling George W. Bush an idiot/conspiracy spinner/pretzel-nomming dumbass who "lied" about WMDs in Iraq to seek vengeance for Saddam Hussein's assassination attempt on George H. W. Bush.
Hollywood is free to say what it wants. As separate drones or the hive-mind. Reiner is free to go on every TV show south of the Home Shopping Network to lament about Trump's tiny fingers. But American audiences are free to spend their money on movies which aren't rehashes of a news diatribe from over ten years ago. Choices. They go both ways.