Anyone else sick of having gay cowboys shoved down their throat?

January 18th, 2006

It feels like everywhere I turn there’s a glowing story about Brokeback Mountain.

And now it just won viagra medicine 0, buy viagra 5142956.story?coll=ny-entertainment-headlines”>Four Golden Globes.

(Two additional Golden Globes were given to people for playing a gay writer. And a transexual man. I have nothing against gays, writers, or transexuals, but isn’t enough enough?)

Doesn’t it seem like the movie critics, the press, and the award shows are pushing this movie a little too hard?

Brokeback Mountain is NOT a breakaway cross-over hit.

To date it’s made $32,074,517.

In the same six week period Memoirs of a Geisha made $47,314,182, but no one is calling it a hit.

Hell, Fun With Dick & Jane made $94,245,955 in just FOUR weeks.

In the exact same six week period that Brokeback Mountain has been out, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe made $264,020,859!

Now THAT is a cross-over, breakaway hit.

Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against gays AND I’m an agnostic not a Christian, but I find it funny that there’s been so much commentary about what Brokeback Mountain’s “success” means and very little talk about the significance of Narnia’s truly huge box office.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Melinda Omdahl  |  January 18th, 2006 at 12:41 am

    Wow- you’re going to make a lot of friends with this post… Good points none the less.

  • 2. Jenna  |  January 18th, 2006 at 12:46 am

    Seriously, stop being so apologetic about your opinions. You have good ones. You don’t need to put disclaimers in small type at the bottom of your posts. Say what you want to say, don’t worry about people getting angry about it. They’ll get over it.

  • 3. Administrator  |  January 18th, 2006 at 10:13 am

    I think of my “footnotes” as more clarifiers than disclaimers.

    When I finished this post, it felt like it implied both that I hate gay people and that I’m a Christian.

    Neither is true, so I added the aside.

    I don’t mind being hated. I just want to be hated for my actual stated beliefs not for ones people might project on me.

    Plus, I really like the tiny type.

  • 4. Jared  |  January 18th, 2006 at 5:47 pm

    As a gay male, even I am sick of all the Brokeback Mountain hype. (haven’t seen it yet, but will as soon as it quiets down a bit)

    And while it isn’t a main stream/cross over movie…you do need to realize that it’s able to reach “$32,074,517” with only being in 683 Theaters (this is up 220 theaters from previous week), versus Memories of a Geisha was in 1589 theaters and Narnia which was in 3224 theaters. That IS quite an accomplishment.

  • 5. Administrator  |  January 18th, 2006 at 6:44 pm

    It’s a good point, Jared.

    But more theaters wouldn’t necessarily lead to more money. Right now, Brokeback has a very high per theater average.

    My guess is if it spread into more theaters its per theater take would drop and it would make marginally more money overall. But that’s just a guess. There’s no way to really know unless the Golden Globe awards and the Oscar race lead to a broader distribution.

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