A spokesman for the anti-gun-rights Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence unintentionally confirmed what many in the gun rights community have long suspected, that Hollywood and gun control proponents cooperate to incorporate a gun control message into entertainment.
The revelation came Monday from the Washington Free Beacon when it reported that the much-anticipated “Miss Sloane,” a movie about a female gun control lobbyist played by Jessica Chastain was something of a box office bomb on its opening weekend. See the trailer here. According to Fox News , its weekend general opening was a box office flop, which may say more about the appeal of a gun control “message” movie than the messenger. The Philadelphia Inquirer says Chastain is “amazing, but the movie’s a mess.”
The film may be off to a rough start, but according to the Los Angeles Times, Miss Chastain has been nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance, which is discussed by the Washington Post. Chastain has gotten high marks for her work, which apparently cannot salvage the film.
According to the article, the film averaged just $1,167 in any of the 1,648 theaters where it opened. The Free Beacon report was almost brutal:
It made $1,922,300, meaning it was the 11th-highest grossing movie in the country. It is number 79 on Box Office Mojo’s list of Worst Opening Weekend by Per-Theater Average since 1982.”
Many people are using social media to criticize the film, suggesting that the producers may have been expecting to open following the election of Hillary Clinton. The film has its own Facebook page.
But then came the story in which Brady Campaign press secretary Brendan Kelly stated, “Miss Sloane marks another chapter in Brady’s partnership with Hollywood to integrate the realities of gun violence into entertainment. We’ve consulted on scripts for powerhouse television shows including The Good Wife and Grey’s Anatomy.”
Kelly said the movie was “a success regardless of how it performs at the box office” because it is “furthering the national conversation we should all be having.”
Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, and chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, had a different perspective. He told the Free Beacon, “Gun owners always knew the movie was—pardon the pun—a dud.”