Moore’s New Film Bombs Days After He Threatens Canada Relocation

September 23, 2018 in News by Ken

Michael Moore appears on CNN

By Jack Davis

First, Michael Moore threatened to go north. Then his film went south.

The filmmaker whose cinematic indictment of the Bush administration, “Fahrenheit 9/11,” released his latest documentary this weekend to a nation that shrugged off its arrival.

“Fahrenheit 11/9,” an attack on President Donald Trump, brought in only $3.1 million from 1,719 theaters, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Pre-release estimates of its opening take ranged in the area of $5 million to $6 million.

That’s a far cry from the $23.9 million he made from 868 locations when his anti-Bush film debuted in 2004.

Moore had been bracing for his film to become so successful that he would face intense political persecution, and said that if life becomes bad for him in America, he would move to Canada, according to Global News.

“(Trump) absolutely hates democracy, and he believes in the autocrat, in the authoritarian,” Moore said earlier this month.

“I want us to survive this, but I can’t make any guarantees that that’s what’s going to happen. We’re in a bad place. We’re on the precipice of some very awful stuff,” he said of America.

Reviewers and those distributing the film had different outlooks.

“We’re optimistic,” says Briarcliff distribution head Steve Bunnell. “The idea was to have the movie play everywhere before the midterm elections.”

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