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ATLAS SHRUGGED PART 2 Box Office: Disastrous Debut?

Atlas Shrugged Part 2 Dagny Taggart Samantha MathisAtlas Shrugged Part 2: Sequel is second Ayn Rand box officebomb

Atlas Shrugged Part 2, the sequel to 2011's box-office bomb Atlas Shrugged Part 1 about free-enterprising heroine Dagny Taggart, opened to considerably worse numbers than its predecessor. At 1,012 locations, Atlas Shrugged Part 2 took in $692,000 according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. That represents a disastrous $684 per site. (Photo: Samantha Mathis as Dagny Taggart Atlas Shrugged Part 2.)

For comparison's sake: The first part of a projected movie trilogy based on Ayn Rand's mammoth 1957 novel, Atlas Shrugged Part 1 debuted with a better than expected — though still quite modest — $674,000 on Friday, April 15, 2011, going on to gross $1.68 million over the weekend. But wait! Isn't $674,000 less than $692,000? Well, yes. But bear in mind that Atlas Shrugged Part 1 opened at 299 theaters — that's about 30 percent of the number of theaters showing Atlas Shrugged Part 2.

Atlas Shrugged Part 2 box office: One of worst opening weekends ever?

With luck, the Atlas Distribution release Atlas Shrugged Part 2 will collect $2.2-2.5 million by Sunday evening. More likely, the John Putch-directed sociopolitical drama will finish the weekend with $1.8-2m. If the latter possibility becomes a reality, Atlas Shrugged Part 2 will be included among the bottom 200 (adjusted for inflation): the movies with the worst opening-weekend grosses at the North American box office.

Even it reaches $2.5 million, Atlas Shrugged Part 2 will have a per-theater average below $2,500 — which means no chance of any further expansions unless movie-theater owners are eager for near-empty houses. For comparison's sake: on its first weekend out, Atlas Shrugged Part 1, a favorite among the then-thriving Tea Party crowd, averaged an acceptable (for a small movie at 299 locations) $5,640 per venue. The following weekend, however, the film's per-theater average plummeted to $1,280.

The $20m-budgeted Atlas Shrugged Part 1 lasted all of five weekends on North American screens, cuming at a dismal $4.62m. And since Ayn Rand and the Tea Party philosophy are intrinsically American, Atlas Shrugged Part 1 found no distribution overseas.

Rocky Mountain Pictures, which usually handles movies with "conservative" and Christian themes — i.e., the anti-Barack Obama documentary 2016 Obama's America, the Christian drama End of the Spear — distributed the first Atlas Shrugged in North America. (Ironically, Ayn Rand was no fan of religion: "Blind belief, belief unsupported by, or contrary to, the facts of reality and the conclusions of reason," she told Playboy magazine. "Faith, as such, is extremely detrimental to human life: it is the negation of reason.")

Atlas Shrugged Part 2: No chance of recovering its budget

Much like its predecessor, Atlas Shrugged Part 2 cost a reported $20m. Also like its predecessor, the Atlas Shrugged sequel will find zero interest overseas. In other words: Atlas Shrugged Part 2 is a box office disaster in the making.

The Atlas Shrugged Part 2 cast includes Samantha Mathis (replacing Part 1's Taylor Schilling, who has moved on to bigger things such as the Zac Efron romantic drama The Lucky One), Jason Beghe, and Esai Morales.

Samantha Mathis Atlas Shrugged Part 2 picture: Atlas Distribution.

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17 Comments to ATLAS SHRUGGED PART 2 Box Office: Disastrous Debut?

  1. Nuclear Submarine Officer

    My wife decided to finally come over to watch the second half of the movie with me. She knew nothing of Aynn Rand. The impact that this movie (part I) had on her was profound. She immediately wanted to watch the whole movie. I cannot wait to see part II via Netflix in a few days.

    Read the book. Think for yourself and realize that the bleak future portrayed in the movie is NOT fantasy. It could happen. Parts of it are already happening.

    It is beyond alarming how visceral and hateful the reviews are of this movie. I do not recall any movie reviews of any type that were laced with such unvarnished hatred towards a movie or the book upon which it was based. How does one instantly lash out at Tea Party members when they are supposed to be reviewing a movie? It's not really that hard to understand the myopic views of those who embrace what it is that this movie warns us so strongly of.

    It's not easy being the one who gets singled out. All of my life I have had to work hard to get where I am today. Others should realize the value of hard work and embrace the concept. Bravo Zulu to the people dedicated towards making these movies a reality. In time the trickle of sales, royalties and continuing interest in the series will help to soften the financial shortage incurred during the releases.

  2. agh

    just read the book… how can anyone understand a philosophy properly from a movie…

  3. You really should read the book to fullyappreciate the movie and fill in some of the backstory the movie can not touch on. Be preparred all new cast from Atlas Shrugged Part I . The new Dagney seems old and tired but the new Hank Reardon is an improvement. All in all cast change does not hurt story. Big dissapointment I thought this would be the end of the story…but NO there is going to be a Part III or at least I hope just to finish the movie off. Part II leaves you about three quarters into the book. If I had known this I would of waited till Part III came out and just see them all at once.

    Even though book and movie never mentions Liberal or Conservative the story could be ripped from the headlines of today even though book was conceived in late 40's and not finished till early 50's. The "takers" and the "looters" of the world is aptly put as Ayn Rand stated so well in her novel but she is probably turning over in her grave with the movie as if you did not read the book it only touches on her thoughts.
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    Both movies are really not that good, and I would of loved to seen this done as a Mini Series on TV which might of been more well received.

    For all Ayn Rand lovers get the DVD of interviews of Ayn Rand and other notable people discussing thoughts behind the writing of the book as it is well worth the time.

  4. VodkaGoGo

    Wow, the bitter righties on this thread sure hate the free market when it's pointed at them! Yes it's true, right wingers are immune to irony. Did you ever stop to think that Rands philosophy falls apart because it's childish and absolutely bankrupt of any practical understanding of how the world works? Go Galt all you want, the real world still needs people to build shit. Seriously, I whole heartedly encourage all the Randians to find a special magic snowflake island and fap to their own inflated sense of self regard, whatever it takes to get you people out of the fucking way. We've got shit to build.

  5. terry dudas

    I liked it; more than part one. I'm looking forward to part three,

  6. William Workman

    I loved this movie. Not only did I love it, everyone I know who actually saw it loved it. While you can still enjoy it without seeing Part 1, I suggest you watch Part 1 first to fully comprehend what's going on. Part 1 is available now on Netflix if you have it and is itself a very good movie. Part 2 is better. I can only conclude all the bad ratings have nothing to do with the film and everything to do with the film's message. I suppose the powers that be figure us sheep can't handle a movie like this and they need to kill it before it catches on. I can only hope we don't let them do that because I'm now really looking forward to part 3. I must have heard at least 100 people tell me Atlas Schrugged the book changed their life. I guess a book powerful enough to change lives could also be powerful enough to change nations. No wonder they don't want us to see the movie!

  7. SG

    The whole purpose of Ann Rand Philosophy is to help you to think “out side of the box”. The fact is humans tend to like or show favor to things that are no good to them. I wasn't surprised to be the only one sitting in front of the screen when Part 2 of Atlas Shrugged playing at the movie theater. Even though the book is more power full and convey accurately its message, the movies have also the power of telling the nation what's gone happen soon. When you flash a toilet the water circle around until it shrink down and clean up every thing on its way…..right But the real John Galt Gulch will not shrink…

  8. Dave

    Aw, it's all a lefist conspiracy that everyone thinks Ayn Rand is a dimwitted simpleton that only children and pinheads think ever had an intelligent thought.

    Welcome to the REAL world, Randroids. Your type isn't strong enough to survive among reality.

  9. KKB

    The market has spoken, no one is buying this supply side slop anymore. It's not the critics, it's not the audience, it's the material. Ayn Rand's fantasies are overwrought and mindnumbingly simplistic about how the real world works. That's not only why those who share her ideas fail, but those who try to make movies about those ideas fail.

    The fact that the first film flopped and, yet, they still made a second film proves that apparently Randians have no problem with welfare and wealth redistribution when it comes to promoting their failed ideology.

  10. Woody

    Great movie! Outstanding job! Can't wait for Part 3. There were about 100 people in the theatre at the 1:55 p.m. showing in Baton Rouge. Not bad at all. Although written in the early 1950's, this movie is right out of today's headlines. Beautifully done. But let's face it, if you're a whacked out leftist who is helping to cause the problems America is facing, you will hate this movie.

  11. Adrian Luca

    When will Randroids just face objective reality and accept that the film, just like its predecessor, sucks and no one wants to pay money to see a film that sucks? It's obvious from the numbers that those who saw the first film mostly avoided the sequel.

    If the first film had been any good and its failure had been due negative reviews, DVD sales and word of mouth would have assured a respectable first weekend for part 2.

    No amount of whining about evil leftist critics will change that.

  12. exboyracer

    The only response. LOL

  13. Retired Chief Petty Officer

    One must also consider the venues competition when assessing success. Part I was a spring movie without significant sports competition; PartII came out against the ALCS and NLCS of MLB, the College football season, and the National Football League.

    Watch it improve as more screens come on and the retired people get a chance to go during the week when the kids and others are not packing the theaters.

  14. rjf

    Very good! Now that you've rewritten your earlier hack job to focus solely on Atlas Shrugged, your bias is MUCH easier to see. Well done.

  15. Matthew

    I think two things most amazed me about the movie.

    That they did it on nearly no budget yet it was as good as it was…

    That the book was kept intact for the most part, at least the highlights. After all, it is a 1000 + page novel and it would be impossible to get it all in a two hour movie.

    Two things did not surprise me….

    That the theater put the movie in the dungeon theater, the little one in the back that they normally don't even use, and,

    That the people who saw it were the last of the remaining business owners. The ones that the government haven't managed to execute yet. The 99%'ers were not there, you know, the occupy crowd… they are too wrapped up in envy because someone has something that they are not willing to work for – and the liberals because they want the rich to be taxed into jelly so that they can take their checks and gloat.

    I don't hold out hope anymore. I'm done.

  16. Dan

    I was very disappointed in Part 2. Why? Where did the atmospheric cinematography of Part 1 go? With that missing it was hard to connect with the characters in a cohesive manner (though I very liked Samantha Mathias's take of Dagny) . Ironically, Part 2 went Hollywood (e.g. dull, inartistic movies). Since Part 1 did so bad in the theater due to critic review assassination, it was going to make a-go of Part 2 hard either way. I loved Part 1 where audience members clapped after the final scene. There was no clapping at final scene of Part 2. Did committee-think strike Part 2?

  17. budmin

    Media blackout maybe. Anti leftist message definitely. Now go back to reading 50 shades of gray.




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