When Al Gore's “An Inconvenient Truth” hit theaters in 2006, the former presidential candidate drew a massive spotlight on the dangers of human-made global warming — a topic that has become synonymous with politics these days.
In total, the film made $49,756,507 worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.
Gore's latest venture hasn't even touched that kind of money, despite being released in twice as many theaters at its outset.
So far, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” has made just over $1 million debuting in 180 theaters since its release on July 28. It was initially released in just four theaters on its opening weekend and raked in only $124,823.
Washington Monthy writer D.R. Tucker believes this soft release doomed the picture from the start:
Back in June, Paramount abandoned plans to give “An Inconvenient Sequel” a wide release on July 28, choosing instead to release the film in only four screens in New York and Los Angeles on July 28 and only 180 screens nationwide a week later.
However, considering the fact that this is arguably the first major anti-Trump documentary to hit theaters — and considering the public outrage over Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement — Paramount should have stuck to its original plan.
Not a very promising start for Gore's film, but he plans on continuing to push the film and its agenda, despite the poor start.
According to the Washington Times, Gore tweeted last Friday:
By filling theaters, we can show Donald Trump and the other climate deniers in the White House that the American people are committed to climate action –– no matter what they do, say, or tweet!
This has been a subdued reception considering the national conversation the first film started.