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W More Unpopular than Nixon, Except at US Movie Box Offices

georgewbushscratching.thumbnail.jpgWhile 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.


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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.

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