Just two weeks after former vice president Al Gore, 69, released his second film, titled, “An Inconvenient Sequel,” and a book by the same name, his box office numbers are not as robust as he and his supporters expected.
Produced by Paramount Pictures/Participant Media, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” went to 180 theaters over the weekend after the initial four runs in its debut. The climate change documentary comes after more than a decade since his first film, Oscar-winning “An Inconvenient Truth.”
According to box office reports, “An Inconvenient Sequel” grossed $900K, averaging $5,000. So far, the film has made a piddling $1,052,000 and placed its weekend gross at a lowly 15th in the overall box office as of Sunday morning. Paramount said it will expand the title to more than 500 locations next weekend.
It is especially sad for Gore and his followers after he called upon them to make his movie a referendum on President Trump. “By filling theaters, we can show Donald Trump and the other climate deniers in the White House that the American people are committed to climate action –– no matter what they do, say, or tweet!” said Gore in a letter he wrote, promoting the film on Facebook.
“So please help make this weekend a TURNING POINT for our movement by seeing An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” he said, begging everyone to “spread the word and bring your family and friends to the theater too.”
And if that didn’t work, he went on to predict world destruction, stating, “Fight like your world depends on it. Because our world DOES depend on it.”
Alas, not too many Americans took him seriously. And many even laughed at his hypocrisy after a report came out last week showing that the Gore household gobbles up more than 21 times the amount of energy the average American home uses.
Gore’s new film again puts him in the spotlight as America’s top spokesperson for climate change activism, as he appears on all the talk shows and delivers an optimistic message.
But not everyone on the left is celebrating Gore’s reemergence, with some worried that he’s too polarizing and could paralyze progress on climate change. Others don’t like the elitism he brings to the table.
According to Professor Roger Pielke Jr. of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Gore’s premise that the world is teetering on the edge of a disaster only money can solve is more hype than truth.
“The world is presently in an era of unusually low weather disasters,” wrote Pielke. “This holds for the weather phenomena that have historically caused the most damage: tropical cyclones, floods, tornadoes and drought. Given how weather events have become politicized in debates over climate change, some find this hard to believe…The US has seen a decrease of about 20% in both hurricane frequency and intensity at landfall since 1900…Data on floods, drought and tornadoes are similar in that they show little to no indication of becoming more severe or frequent…Thus, it is fair to conclude that the costs of disasters worldwide is depressed because, as the global economy has grown, disaster costs have not grown at the same rate. Thus, disaster costs as a proportion of GDP have decreased. One important reason for this is a lack of increase in the weather events that cause disasters, most notably, tropical cyclones worldwide and especially hurricanes in the United States.”
Gore fan D.R. Tucker of the Washington Monthly recently explained the reason for Gore’s low theater attendance numbers in an article, writing, “A botched strategy by Paramount Pictures effectively sabotaged the nationwide release of the Al Gore documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, which finished in 15th place in US theatres this weekend. This was not supposed to happen.” Sure…, it was the distributor’s fault.
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