Atlas Shrugged Part 2 box office: Down 85 percent on weekend no. 3 after losing nearly 800 locations
Atlas Shrugged: Part II, the second installment in a planned movie trilogy based on Ayn Rand's cult novel, plunged 85 percent on its third weekend out after losing 798 locations. The (reportedly) $20 million-budgeted drama about the moral and intellectual superiority of the rich and well-dressed has to date collected a dismal $3.2 million at the North American box office, after taking in $91,418 from 147 sites according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. Atlas Shrugged Part 2's international prospects, of course, are nil. (Image: Atlas Shrugged Part 2 Samantha Mathis as Dagny Taggart.)
Three weekends ago, Atlas Shrugged Part 2 had one of the worst domestic openings ever for a movie in wide release (600-2,000 theaters). The following weekend, the John Putch-directed drama suffered the worst box office drop (65 percent) among the top 15 movies on Box Office Mojo's domestic weekend box office chart. Following its 85 percent plunge and dismal $622 per-theater average this past weekend, chances are that Atlas Shrugged Part 2 will have disappeared next Friday.
For comparison's sake: the critically lambasted, nearly-as-disastrous box office bomb Atlas Shrugged: Part I – also made for a reported $20 million – pulled in $4.62 million over five weekends in North America last year. Atlas Shrugged Part 2, which stars Samantha Mathis as the enterprising Dagny Taggart (played by Zac Efron's The Lucky One leading lady Taylor Schilling in Part I), will be lucky if it reaches $3.4 million. In other words, prospects for an Atlas Shrugged: Part III movie don't look too promising.
Atlas Shrugged Part 2 to perform better on DVD?
Could Atlas Shrugged Part 2 find an audience on DVD? That doesn't seem all that likely if Atlas Shrugged Part 1's DVD sales are any indication. As per The Numbers, the first Atlas Shrugged movie brought in only $2.97 million from DVD sales in its first two weeks of release, sinking 67 percent on week no. 2.
In addition to Samantha Mathis, the Atlas Shrugged Part 2 cast features Jason Beghe, Esai Morales, Richard T. Jones, Kim Rhodes, and Patrick Fabian. The screenplay is credited to Atlas Shrugged Part 1's Brian Patrick O'Toole and TV writer Duke Sandefur.
The second Atlas Shrugged movie currently has a 0 percent approval rating and 2.2/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics. “Like a soap opera,” writes the McClatchy Newspapers' Roger Moore, “[Atlas Shrugged Part 2 is] a tale set in the posh boardrooms, swank hotels, first-class passenger rail cars and limos of the super-rich. And just as in a soap opera, they're a bunch of put-upon crybabies, railing about 'government creeps' holding them back and 'moochers' and parasites who aren't working in a time of global depression.”
Samantha Mathis as Dagny Taggart Atlas Shrugged Part 2 photo: Atlas Distribution.