W More Unpopular than Nixon, Except at US Movie Box Offices
While George W. Bush is leaving office more unpopular than Nixon at the time of his resignation (76% disapproval rate for our lame duck pres–nice work Dubbya), his biopic has done better at the US box office than Tricky Dick’s.
W. earned $10.5 million on opening weekend and $24.2 million in the US, while Nixon earned less than $14 million during its entire US run.
W. opened third at the box office October 17 and then plummeted out of the Top Ten. Opening weekend, W. made $5,175 per screen while Nixon earned $4,292. Adjusting for changes in ticket prices, Nixon actually fared better on a per screen average opening weekend. In 1995 the average theater ticket was $4.35 while in 2008 movie goers were paying $7.08.
Internationally however, Nixon has kicked W‘s ass, raking in $34.5 million to W‘s$ 24.2 million, even with adjustments for the rise in ticket prices. Both were directed by Oliver Stone.
Actor Josh Brolin who plays B in W. says about the hugely unpopular president and his not-so-popular biopic:
I understand he’s seen the picture, and liked it.
Mmmmokay…wow. ‘Cuz um, it sucked.