Has the Public “Embraced” a Film That Grossed $6 Million?

<p><img hspace="0" src="http://www.newsbusters.org/media/2006-03-05-NBCTDYLondon.jpg" align="right" border="0" />On March 5, the morning of the Oscars, the <i>Today</i> show indicated that mainstream Hollywood might be<i> too</i> conservative. Yes, you read that correctly. NBC correspondent Jennifer London, in a segment airing at 8:51AM EST, discussed the gay themes of<i> Capote</i>, <i>Brokeback Mountain </i>and <i>Transamerica</i>. She then made the following comment: </p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"><p>London: &quot;<b>The message this year? It's good to be gay in Hollywood. Or is it?&quot;</b></p></blockquote><p>The piece pointed out that despite the nominations of heterosexual actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger for their roles as homosexuals, many gay actors don’t come out. Ms. London also asserted that the public endorses these films, it’s the studios who are squeamish:</p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"><p>London: &quot;And what about the big studios? <b>While the public embraced movies like <em>Capote</em>, <em>Transamerica</em> and <em>Brokeback Mountain</em></b><u>,</u> these films were not bankrolled by the major studios. <b>But once it became clear that these films had mainstream appeal</b>, the studios didn't hesitate to put their money muscle behind the movies.&quot;</p></blockquote><p dir="ltr">The above statements are true only if you have a very generous definition of &quot;embrace&quot; and &quot;mainstream.&quot; <i>Transamerica</i>, the film starring Felicity Huffman as a transsexual, has <a href="http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=transamerica.htm">grossed</a> just over <b>$6 million in three months</b>. <i>Capote</i>, a biography of writer Truman Capote, has <a href="http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=capote.htm">made</a> an <b>equally unimpressive $25 million </b>after five and a half months. <i>Brokeback Mountain </i>is the only film that one could possibly argue has been &quot;embraced.&quot; After 87 days, the movie, revolving around two gay cowboys, has <a href="http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=brokebackmountain.htm">earned</a> $78 million. Not bad. But consider this: <em>Cheaper by the Dozen 2</em>, a thoroughly mediocre Steve Martin vehicle, <a href="http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=cheaperbythedozen2.htm">grossed</a> $81 million in the 75 days. I guess I missed all the praise and adulation for that film’s success. (All of these statistics are accurate as of March 5.)</p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"><p /></blockquote>

Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center and a contributing editor for NewsBusters.org