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Left versus right at the box office

Image4495313_2 An American Carol, director Jerry Zucker's comedy unapologetically aimed at conservative audiences, earned $3.8 million in ticket sales over the weekend. Meanwhile, Bill Maher's documentary Religulous, a plea for liberal viewers who consider themselves non-religious to stand up and be counted, grossed $3.5 million.

Religuloustrailer But Religulous was playing in less than half as many theaters as Carol - 502 screens versus 1,639 - which means on a per-screen average, Religulous fared a lot better than Carol.

Beverlyhillschihuahuapos As expected, Beverly Hills Chihuahua handily bested both films, earning $29 million. No word yet on which way the talking pooch leans politically.


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This blogger should stick to his politized comments and forget about being a mathmatician. How does he figure that twice as many people came out for the anti-religous crap as for An American Carol? Were the tickets for An American Carol twice as expensive? The difference in the number of theatres only means that (maybe) there were more seats left unoccupied for An American Carol, and that's of course assuming that the thetres were of the same size. Oh well,why bother, another informed Obama voter.

Rene Rodriguez

Rey: You are absolutely correct. Numbers were never my strong suit. I have corrected the faulty math above. I know you'll never believe me, but my error had no secret agenda behind it. I didn't like "Religulous" either.


No contest. Liberal films far out number conservative or even neutral films. Take Eagle Eye for example. Touted as an action film, it's really a thinly veiled film against the Patriot Act. What is rare is a conservative film. I prefer films without a political message that are purely for entertainment. We get enough politics for free in the news.


After seeing the atrocious spelling in my post, I am more willing to believe you; we all make mistakes!


Bottom line is all that matters. The one film beats the other. Period. "Number of screens" is just PR spin to explain a small gross. (Speaking of gross: why would anyone pay good money in today's economy to hear Bill Maher spew his hysterical rants on the big screen when we can see them on HBO or for free on YouTube if we wish to subject ourselves to this smart ass.)

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