Stop-Loss flops

Friday I blogged on the (lack of) reality behind the movie Stop-Loss, based on the trailer.  Well, Libertas actually saw the movie, and didn’t care for it much.  (Via Instapundit.)  Viewers seem to agree; the movie opened at #7, earning just $1.6 million.  Apparently, Paramount is not surprised:

Paramount wasn’t expecting much because no Iraq war-themed movie has yet to perform at the box office. “It’s not looking good,” a studio source told me before the weekend. “No one wants to see Iraq war movies. No matter what we put out there in terms of great cast or trailers, people were completely turned off. It’s a function of the marketplace not being ready to address this conflict in a dramatic way because the war itself is something that’s unresolved yet. It’s a shame because it’s a good movie that’s just ahead of its time.”

They didn’t expect the movie to do well, but they made it anyway?  I guess they feel some principles are worth wasting money on.  (Paramount’s shareholders have some grounds to be upset, I think.)

Also, an Instapundit reader suggests “an X-Prize for an Iraq war movie that doesn’t suck.”

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