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January 14, 2014 - 8:22 am

“Box office experts” seem to be every bit as surprised by pro-military media hits as economists are when the Obama economy tanks. Which is to say, if they really knew anything they wouldn’t be surprised at all. Moviefone:

When “Lone Survivor” expanded from limited release to 2,875 theaters this weekend, box office experts didn’t expect much. “Zero Dark Thirty” aside, movies about the fighting in Afghanistan haven’t done very well. Predictions ranged from $17 million to $27 million — nothing that would upset the annual January doldrums. So everyone was taken by surprise with the movie opened wide with an estimated $38.5 million. That’s the biggest January debut for any movie since “Cloverfield” earned $40 million in 2008.

Lone Survivor, the book, was a runaway bestseller when it debuted in 2007. So the movie comes to the big screen with a built-in audience. Marcus Lutrell, the SEAL who survived the ordeal and wrote the book, has become a household name, at least on the right, for his philanthropy and his life after the military. He’s making himself count. That Lone Survivor the movie would do well is a no-brainer. What media critics tend to deride as “jingoistic,” millions of mainstream Americans tend to see as patriotic and worth a few bucks to see and support.

I haven’t seen it yet but hope to before long. Have you seen it? What do you think?

 

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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MT Geoff - "the characters only showed determination, never despair."
Sort of like the ex-Seals at Benghazi.
48 weeks ago
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If it's as good as the book and film Black Hawk Down, I will go see.
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Jake Tapper has taken some flak from a discussion with Marcus Luttrell. At one point, Tapper -- speaking of the film, not the incident itself -- refers to a feeling of hopelessness during the skirmish in the ravine.
It's a major achievement of the film that I felt that hopelessness because I knew what was going to happen, but the characters only showed determination, never despair. I don't see why anyone would attack Mr. Tapper over that comment, but some people have.
48 weeks ago
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This is a major studio production with two major stars -- Wahlberg and Bana. Somebody thought it was going to make money.
And a good action film with some comic moments, sans political preaching, is a good way to make money.
48 weeks ago
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Any movie that supports the military, the American people, and American culture both surprises and appalls Hollywood critics and producers. This is not what they want at all. Every Hollywood person connected to this is going to have a question mark attached to their names for any future productions. They are an ideological risk. And the Media-Political Complex have shown time and again that they are willing to lose money to promote their ideology and attack this country and its people.

Subotai Bahadur
48 weeks ago
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As much has Hollywood has crapped on the military over the last decade (except when it's a Bozo OClown victory lap), it's refreshing to see something that would make Pajama Boy wet himself.
48 weeks ago
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"it's refreshing to see something that would make Pajama Boy wet himself."

Well, that doesn't really take much, does it?

48 weeks ago
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It's a superb film, and only serves to reenforce my "If critics hate it, go see it" ethos.
48 weeks ago
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At the conclusion of a movie (at the one where I usually go), while the credits are rolling the audience typically starts chattering, with some applause for a really good one. At the end of Lone Survivor, there was not a sound. Excellent film. High impact.
48 weeks ago
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It looks like I will temporarily halt my boycott of Hollywood and go see this at the theater. Then..it's back to buying bootlegs only. :o0
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Saw it Friday. Good stuff.
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