‘Inconvenient Sequel’ Didn’t Match Original’s Big Debut, but It’s Not a ‘Bomb,’ Either

Variety | 8/8/2017 | Staff
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After its second weekend of release, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” got a flurry of unflattering headlines from the right-leaning publications.

The Washington Times reported that it was met with a “cool reception, placing 15th at the box office,” while Western Journalism published a story, “New Al Gore Film Bombs at the Box Office.” The Washington Free Beacon and Fox News also noted the middling performance of the sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Disaster

So was it such a disaster? Not really.

While “An Inconvenient Sequel” fell short of the take of the opening weekend of “An Inconvenient Truth” in 2006, its total gross so far is $1.1 million, which is still a respectable and even solid number in the world of documentaries, said Jeff Bock, senior box office analyst for Exhibitor Relations. “An Inconvenient Truth” grossed $24 million in its domestic box office, and Bock thinks that the sequel could end up grossing around $10 million, depending on how Paramount intends to release it over the next few weeks.

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“For a documentary [$10 million] is huge,” Bock said. “Any documentary that hits $5 million is equivalent to $100 million” for a feature release. Although the documentary is performing at less than 50% of the original, Bock said, it still will probably rank among the strongest in that category this year.

In its most recent weekend, “Inconvenient Sequel” made just over $961,000 at the box office on 180 screens, for a per-screen average of $5,340. It grossed almost $125,000 in its opening weekend on...
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