Rollout of ‘Sequel’ blamed for box-office bomb
matter what they do, say, or tweet!” Mr. Gore said in a tweet Friday.
The sequel still has time to find an audience. Paramount plans to increase the number of screens next weekend to 500, up from 180 at its Friday initial wide release, Deadline Hollywood reported.
The original collected $1.3 million in its first two weekends before taking off and earning $24 million, making it the 11th-top-grossing U.S. documentary in history, according to Box Office Mojo.
At the same time, moviegoers may be voting with their feet. So far, audiences have indicated that the sequel isn’t on par with the original, which won the 2006 Academy Award for best documentary feature.
The first film drew a healthy 78 percent audience approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while only 47 percent of audiences and 77 percent of critics have said they liked “An Inconvenient Sequel.”
While “An Inconvenient Truth” was credited with putting the global warming issue on the political map, the sequel has been criticized as a “vanity project” and “victory lap” for the former vice president, who has become the face of the climate change movement for better or for worse.
Mr. Gore has promoted the movie relentlessly with numerous television appearances and a trip to Australia, but he also drew ridicule last week after a report said his Nashville mansion consumes 21 times more electricity than the average U.S. home.