Monday, December 20, 2004

Moore vs. Gibson / Jesus vs. George

Laer at Cheat Seeking Missiles (a blog I recently added to the blogroll) points out that "The Passion of the Christ" is now the 9th highest grossing film. Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" didn't even break the top 100. (It comes in at 216.)

One more reason why I think comparing the two is a false dichotomy. Gibson's film is a certifiable hit. Moore's film has made less money than the live-action version of "The Flintstones."

If we applied the respective box-office totals of these films to the 2004 Presidential Election, George Bush would have won 75.6% to John Kerry's 24.3%. (Or 89,130,552 votes for Bush to 28,649,100 votes for Kerry, give or take a few votes in Ohio, I guess.)

Clearly this is not what happened. Also remember that Democrats go to the movies more often than Republicans.

I guess we can say with pretty good authority (or at least with some statistical gymnastics) that Jesus is more popular than George Bush. (But John Kerry is more popular than Michael Moore.)


At 8:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

...and "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" is more popular than "Rain Man," "Chicago," and "A Beautiful Mind."

At 12:40 PM, Blogger Drew said...

Not surprising. It's an economic choice. Given that ticket prices are as high as they are, what do people really want to spend their money on? Obviously people would rather spend money on "The Passion" than on "Fahrenheit 9/11." Even Democrats, apparently. So it's not that "The Passion" is a Republican film and "Fahrenheit 9/11" is a Democratic film. It's that "The Passion" is a more popular film, and one that crosses political divides.


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