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Plummeting Box Office: ATLAS SHRUGGED PART 2

Atlas Shrugged Part 2 Samantha Mathis Dagny TaggartAtlas Shrugged Part 2 box office plummets

Last weekend, Atlas Shrugged: Part II had one of the worst domestic openings ever for a movie in wide release (600-2,000 venues). If that wasn’t bad enough, the widely derided sequel to last year’s major box office bomb Atlas Shrugged: Part I suffered the worst box office drop among the top 15 movies on Box Office Mojo’s domestic weekend chart. (Photo: Atlas Shrugged Part 2 Esai Morales as Francisco d’Anconia, Samantha Mathis as Ayn Rand’s businesswoman Dagny Taggart, Jason Beghe as Henry Rearden.)

Starring Samantha Mathis as individualistic entrepreneur Dagny Taggart (The Lucky One’s Taylor Schilling in Part I), Atlas Shrugged Part 2 was down an alarming 65 percent, raking in a comatose $613,000 at 945 venues (67 fewer than last weekend), according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Among the top 15 movies, the closest to Atlas Shrugged Part 2’s drop-off rate was Trouble with the Curve’s: the Clint Eastwood / Amy Adams baseball flick was down 53 percent — but after losing 887 sites.

For comparison’s sake: on weekend no. 2, Atlas Shrugged Part 1 was down 48 percent despite the addition of 166 locations. That’s a terrible performance, of course, but even after the first Atlas Shrugged began shedding theaters on weekend no. 3, it never suffered as steep a drop as the sequel. In fact, Part 1’s worst drop-off rate was 58 percent on weekend no. 3 — after losing 143 venues. Three weekends later, the film was gone.

After ten days, Atlas Shrugged Part 2 has yet to reach $3m; its box office cume currently stands at an estimated $2.9m. And as mentioned in my previous post about Atlas Shrugged Part 2’s box office performance, the John Putch-directed sociopolitical drama will likely end its run with less than $4 million at the domestic box office. And that means less than $4 million at the box office, period. Reportedly budgeted at $20m, Atlas Shrugged Part 2 will find no international following.

And, U.S. presidential elections or no, expect even fewer theaters screening Atlas Shrugged Part 2 next weekend. On weekend no. 1, the film averaged a disastrous $1,731 per venue. This weekend, the estimated average is a catastrophic $649.

Atlas Shrugged Part 1 has a 6 percent approval rating and 3.2/10 average rating among Rotten Tomatoes’ top critics. That’s about as low as it gets. True, Atlas Shrugged Part 2 currently has a 0 percent approval rating and 2.2/10 average, but that’s because only ten top critics have been listed so far (vs. 17 reviews for the first movie). Someone will eventually post a positive review at Rotten Tomatoes.

A mind-boggling flop

Atlas Shrugged Part 2’s dismal box office performance is quite surprising, considering the fear in the hearts of so many Americans that the United States government is about to be taken over by those who want to destroy their civil liberties. As a reflection of author Ayn Rand’s views, Atlas Shrugged Part 2 is a cinematic depiction of the dangers of government control, dictating what choices people are allowed to make for themselves.

In my understanding, that would encompass what to produce, what to create, what to read, what to watch, which gods (and/or goddesses) to believe or not believe, whom people are allowed to marry (and/or divorce), taking away women’s (and men’s) control over their own bodies and sex lives, allowing the megarich and the megapowerful to usurp democracy, and higher taxes to finance disastrous military operations. Watching the news, those seem to be clear and present dangers the United States is currently facing; so, it’s truly mind boggling that Atlas Shrugged Part 2 has been unable to reach a broader audience.

Atlas Shrugged Part 2 cast

Besides Samantha Mathis, the Atlas Shrugged Part 2 cast features Jason Beghe, Esai Morales, Kim Rhodes, Richard T. Jones, and Patrick Fabian. The screenplay is credited to television writer Duke Sandefur and Atlas Shrugged Part 1 and Cemetery Gate’s Brian Patrick O’Toole.

Esai Morales, Samantha Mathis, Jason Beghe Atlas Shrugged Part 2 photo: Atlas Distribution.

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18 Comments to ATLAS SHRUGGED PART 2 Box Office Plummets

  1. Pamela Blair

    This is an excellent movie. I can’t wait for Atlas Shrugged III. The entertainment is the philosophy but the script, screenplay, direction bring it to life. Perhaps naysayers are looking for another type of movie.

  2. Sr. Carom

    Great movie, the story gives us a pic through the smoke glass of what the feature may be if we do not take card our country. I can wait for episode III

  3. b

    I feel bad for those who criticize this film even if the acting or cgi is not the best because the substance i.e, plot is one that is thought provoking. It is one of the few movies that is thought provoking and not mind numbing!!!!! Hollywood sucks these days. So do people.

  4. I don’t care if it was well acted or well directed. It was made. It was made against the current. It was made with all the politics described in Atlas Shrugged fighting against it. The people that liked it said it was true to the story and that is good enough for quality. I never expected it to be entertaining. Done well, it should leave a person with a cold empty feeling. I can’t wait for episode three. It will be a trilogy box set I might order in advance. It doesn’t matter if it does well at the box office. It doesn’t even matter if it makes money in the first few years. It matters that it is made and finished. It will live forever.

  5. Has anyone stopped to consider that the reason the movie has bombed is that it is NOT true at all to the original book or to Objectivism?

  6. Kim Southern

    I don’t have the best taste and I don’t watch a lot of movies but I really liked it. I guess because I am comparing it to all the crap out there that makes money such as South Park and American Reunion and stuff. I read Atlas Shrugged and when I saw there was a movie I was so excited. I just wish they had made a Titantic long movie instead of making us wait because I don’t think there is any way in the world part 3 will come out.

    Also I am sad that there are so many right wing nuts who support anti-abortion all this crazy religious stuff but there are not even 30M worth of nuts who support entrepreneurial spirit and having real productivity in industry and shutting down all the nonsense that the federal government funds. I know Atlas Shrugged phrases things harshly. I guess it is harsh and boring because I think South Park and American Reunion were just nasty but people love it.

  7. Dick

    I thought the movie was quite good — better than Part 1. However, it is not a comedy or a chick flick. It is intended to convey a message and be thought-provoking. In that regard, it succeeds.

  8. phyllis

    Is Atlas Shrugged playing anywhere in new Jersey? If it is I would like to see it. Tell me the town and theatre where it is playing.

  9. Rebecca

    I saw both 1 and 2 and am waiting for 3. It is a shame that people aren’t going to see the movies as this is what is going to happen to this country if they don’t wake up I will certainly read the book!

  10. Dienekes

    The American public is collectively just too stupid for words. Cartoons and trite formula films do well, and intelligent cinema flounders. Unlike most of the public, I enjoyed the film as it was true to the novel. The real problem is that many of the people who would enjoy Atlas Shrugged do not attend theaters. The DVD release should do better, and could engender a part 3. I hope John Aglialoro remains true to his vision and finishes his project. If you didn’t enjoy it, you just might be a liberal.

  11. bill and wanda

    Could not leave my seat! Wonderful. we look forward to and hope there will be a part III.
    There was very little press for it. we could have missed it.

  12. Bertie

    The movie was quite good; the only bad part about this movie was that Part 1 was so horribly directed. The actors, particularly Rearden, did a much better job in this one, but the most credit for a good part 2 was the director. It’s a crime the director for part 1 screwed up so bad, and hired the wrong actors, bc this would have been a pretty good series of movies, and the continuity is ruined. I liked Dagny’s actress too, but jeeze, she’s a professional actress and she was out of shape or severly lacking sleep or something, and I’m giving her credit for being curvy too. She’s a good actress, but she did no favors for the director whom hired her showing up looking like she hasn’t slept in a few days. Maybe she’ll take part 3 more seriously, assuming the producer makes enough to get it made. After seeing how much better II was than I, I now wish they’d remake part I with II’s actors. The Hank Rearden actor should get more acting work, he’s fantastic in this and Californication.
    Note to director of Part I: with complete silence in the house and netflix, I still couldn’t here half of what the actors were saying, your damn background music, which sucked, was blaring louder than the actors mikes. That’s just dumb direction or editting. The Producer should spend the damn money and re-edit part I for sound, the movie on Netflix is nearly unwatchable. But even worse for Part 1, the screenplay sucked it badly. Too many characters introduced in the begginning leading to audience confusion (even for those who read the book), and a complete lack of character development thanks to flitting around scenes so fast you start to forget the characters before you see them next. Part 2 was much better written, and LEAGUES better directed, and better acted. Part 2′s biggest flaw was Dagny’s actress looking like she spent the night sleeping in the Dead Sea River.

  13. Ivar

    When I saw it on Thursday, there were about 10 people in the theater. which I was not surprised.
    The movie was very good, but of course it was not enjoyable, for it demanded that people take care of themselves and not expect it from others.
    Slightly on a side. the minister in our church, never said that You have to do the good deeds, she only said that God will do the good deeds. That means that you don’t have to do anything, which everyone likes. And that is in the church
    It is the same for the average person. They don’t want the responsibility. And if someone demands it of you they are evil people.

  14. Ed

    The movie is very bad

  15. Vanlinez

    I didn’t expect this movie to do very well, but this is really, really bad. I thought there would be enough right wing nuts out there to get 20 to 30 million anyway.

  16. The movie was terribly done and the acting wasn’t all that great either. Stick to the moral message of the book. Why should Atlas Shrug? What is Atlas to shrug off? The moral code of altruism. You wouldn’t get that by watching this movie. As usual it’s much better to read the book. But, this movie doesn’t give you much incentive to do that.

  17. rw

    I just saw the film today. I thought it was awesome! That said, most Americans don’t know that they have an option other than the traditional two party system. In addition to this many Americans simply don’t care that their country is dying & won’t care until it is too late. Maybe after they elect Romney or Obama & see a directive like Directive 10289 instituting martial law passed in their country they’ll wake up & realize that both Atlas Shrugged movies were terribly true about their prophecy of what would happen in the US if things didn’t change.

  18. whayr

    yes it was a terrible movie, left me feeling nauseous. fat self-conscious actors/actresses. embarrassed for them. all the lines were off, nobody had any idea what they were saying







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