Saturday, April 19, 2008

Expelled the Movie: Opening Night Box Office Exceeds Expectations

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed brought in an estimated $1.2 million on its opening night. Even though it was #14 in terms of number of screens, it was #8 in overall revenue, and #4 in per screen average (among those on the Friday estimate chart). Most box office sites I looked at predicted it would end up with 2.0-2.4 for the whole weekend (Friday to Sunday) with an average of 2.2. It is on track to get at least $3.5 million for the weekend, which would be 60% above expectations.

It looks like all the glowing reviews in the mainstream media had an effect . . . (chuckles).

I think that there is a good chance that it will have even better results on both Saturday and Sunday, because more people can go to the daytime showings.


At April 19, 2008 2:45 PM, Anonymous Tim Conner said...

Your blog is awesome. I applaud you with great enthusiasm!

Keep up the good work.

At April 19, 2008 7:41 PM, Anonymous John said...

Saw the movie this afternoon with my two boys. Not bad.

I find it funny that all of the Darwinists are outraged at the Nazi references, but have no problem with the constant comparison to Communists in the movie.

At April 20, 2008 1:36 PM, Blogger radar said...

There was applause in the theater at the end of the movie when we went on opening night. I am telling everyone I know to go watch the film, it exceeded my expectations. Of course, the radical left and the naturalist materialistic atheistic crowd in general hate it with a cold fury...

At April 20, 2008 1:37 PM, Blogger radar said...

Oh and by the way? I quoted and attributed and linked to you, Laurence, in my last blog post which was about the movie and the ideas behind the movie.

At April 21, 2008 1:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If your child had just finished a PhD in science at an ivy league school and feared to declare her belief in God, this film would be real to you. As a friend told her, "your science and research will be just as good as anyone elses, sadly you won't get a job..." We had no idea how closed science was to ALL QUESTIONS of origins.

At April 22, 2008 12:31 AM, Anonymous Ken McKnight said...

Yes, it will be interesting to see how it does on Monday. Let's check Expelled was the only movie in the top 50 whose box office receipts went DOWN on Saturday. And it didn't lose 3% on Sunday, it lost 20%, and this was on top of an 18% drop on Saturday. The final figures show it didn't break $3 million for the weekend. The PR guy at the Tempe preview said they would consider $12 to 15 million on the first weekend to be a success. They got 1/4 of that. Are you ready to admit that Expelled is a crushing disappointment?

At April 22, 2008 11:39 PM, Anonymous lawrence said...


You love to cling to that mythical PR guy, don't you? Do you have a reliable cite to that? Can you point to any industry person who expected that?

Randy Olson, who made Flock of Dodos, said it was a huge success.

You can believe whatever you want.

At April 28, 2008 5:40 AM, Blogger John Heininger said...

Ben Strein has hit on an issue that is at the core of what constitutes real science, and what is scientism and pseudo science. ID Vs Darwinism. Real science, based on the Empirical & Scientific Method, is testable, repeatable, verifiable and readily observable by all, such that people are compelled to except its conclusions, in spite of their beliefs. The Theory of Evolution is light years away from the Theory of Gravity or Electricity, which can be readily, proved when any evolutionist jumps off a roof or grabs both ends of a live wire.

Because evolution and natural selection supposedly happened over vast spans of time (ensuring no observers) it is based exclusively on "inferences", "interpretations", and "speculations". In short, it is science by "explanations" (with Dawkins as the "explanations" guru) Yes, I am well aware of the supposed 'proofs' paraded by talkorigins and co, but these too turn out, on deeper analysis, to be presuppositional inferences based on Darwinian interpretations of fossil or other data. There exists no watertight evidence for evolution that is of a nature that, like empirical science, compels people to accept its conclusions, in spite of their beliefs. Because of this, all evidence advanced in support of evolution is based on subjective interpretations of fossils or other data.

In the Evolutionary Wonderland, the impossible happens all the time, and always in reverse. For example, regularity comes from irregularity, life from non-life, consciousness from non-consciousness, mind from mindless matter, and intelligence from non-intelligence. Thus, we have a theory where the effect is not only far greater than the cause, but actually opposite to the cause. Moreover, all these natural 'miracles' supposedly happened without a miracle worker, which one would have to concede is "really" miraculous. Even more miraculous is the way natural selection preserved within human genetics the need for the vast majority of humanity to believe in a God/gods that don't exist.

But nothing amazes me more than scientists and supposedly objective science magazines who banish the concept of Intelligent Design from science and the universe, when in fact the essential assumption within science (and mathematics), and the underlying foundation of science, is the starting premise that regularity, order and complexity exist within the universe that can be intelligently discovered and harnessed for practical purposes. In short, in their collective attempt to defend evolutionary theory they are now cutting of the limb they are sitting on. (Someone should whisper this in their scientism ear, before its too late).

I was therefore intrigued by a review of Expelled in the Time article, Brainiac Brawl (Time April 21, 2008 p.59), where Jeffrey Klugers takes a shot at Stein, and the movie Expelled. Firstly, Klugers tells us what real evolutionary science is, "Organic chemicals needed eons of stirring and slow cooking before they could produce compounds that could begin to lead to a living thing." Seemingly unaware that his conjecture is based on mere inference and speculation having no testable empirical basis. Even the simplest life form is complex well beyond chance events, needing pre-existing nurturing and reproduction capabilities, just for starters. Life only comes from life. There has never been an exception to this, either in nature or in any world laboratory. And secondly Klugers statement regarding the unsolved problems (of which there are heaps) of evolution that, "A fishnet is made up of a lot more holes than strings, but you can't therefore argue that the net doesn't exist. Just ask the fish." I would suggest that for most people the issue now is not whether or not the net has holes in it, but whether the net exists at all.

At April 28, 2008 4:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There has been a lot of stuff going around the net trying to discredit the stories of the scientists in Expelled who made the claims of discrimination. The Expelled Exposed web site is an example. Have there been any attempts to collaborate the scientist's claims or to discredit the discreditors?

At May 12, 2008 10:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Have there been any attempts to collaborate the scientist's claims or to discredit the discreditors?"

Verify a claim?? That is NOT the ID credo!


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