Watch this clip from a Fox News morning show featuring Fox News
BlondeJill Dobson doing a sort of hit and run preview ofMilk. As noted in the excellent analysis by YouTube posterLiberalViewer,
Dobson tidies up the Milk legacy, sweeping it right back in the closet
in fact, by describing the film simply as “a movie about a 1970’s
politician, Harvey Milk.” Not a single mention ofWHY
Harvey Milk was important enough to merit a biopic, and of course no
use of the word “gay,” or even “homosexual.”
dismissively glosses over the acclaim being given to the film, tossing
off the following explanation: because Sean Penn is the star and
“critics always love him,”Milk is getting positive reviews but
“it’s expected to have a small audience because it’s not necessarily going to
appeal to a very broad audience.” (Love the penetrating logic ofthat statement, Fox News Blonde.)
As it turns out, surprise! surprise!, Dobson was a bit off about theMilk box office. Even with its limited opening (36 theatres), Milk was one of the top 10 grossing films of the long Thanksgiving weekend, as noted byglaadBlog:
MILK averaged $52,627 per screen, grossing an estimated
$1.9 million. Though this may not seem like a lot of money, let’s
compare with other films that opened the same day.
The holiday romantic comedyFour Christmases brought in $46.7 million over five days, while the Baz Luhrmann epicAustralia
earned $20 million. Impressive, right? But if you look closer, those
numbers only equal out to $3,310 and $2,642 per screen, respectively.
Now do you have perspective?