Entertainment behind the scenes
Michael Moore’s “Capitalism” wins fans in week No. 1
After a month-long publicity blitz, director Michael Moore’s new documentary, “Capitalism: A Love Story” finally opened in a few theaters in major U.S. cities this past weekend. The movie, in which Moore looks at last year’s financial market collapse and the economic fallout that ensued, will broaden its release to theaters around the United States this coming Friday.
The movie performed well at box offices this past weekend, taking in about $240,000 from 4 locations or roughly $60,000 per location. By contrast, No. 1 movie “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” took in around $7,900 per location in more than 3,100 theaters. You can read our box office report here.
The comparison is not direct because “Capitalism” is a documentary, and those films generally do not do as well as feature films like “Cloudy” at box offices. Still, Moore’s movies (“Fahrenheit 9/11,” “SiCKO” and “Bowling for Columbine” to name a few), have always done very well and in some sense played more like feature films than documentaries.
Moore is, in fact, in a league all his own when it comes to his firebrand style of documentary film. Our blog items and stories about “Capitalism” have elicited a lot of responses. Our story from the Venice film festival is here, and this is a Hollywood Reporter review. And if that’s not enough background, you can read our “Capitalism” Fan Fare blog item from the Toronto film festival here.
So, given the fact that we’ve done all this work on “Capitalism,” we went to theaters over the weekend in Los Angeles and asked people what they thought of the movie. Perhaps predictably — given it was the film’s first weekend in theaters so Moore’s loyal fans turned out — “Capitalism” was well-received. But not all the people were giving Moore the thumbs up. Click below for a look.
(video by Marc Price)