So if you’re anything like me, you’ve been waiting as patiently as you could for Aug 17. Last Friday was the opening weekend for two highly anticipated films: Superbad starring Jonah Hill, Michael Cera & Seth Rogen, and The 11th Hour directed by Nadia Conners and Leila Conners Petersen and starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
The 11th Hour packs a punch. As a friend said to me after seeing the film – it’s got everything An Inconvenient Truth was missing…solutions. It should be regarded as the crown jewel for the kid movie star turned environmentist, Leonardo DiCaprio, as an engaging review of what the global community is facing due to environmental decay and what we can do about it. Though the film only opened in New York City and Los Angeles, it made an impression this weekend by beating out Superbad for total grossing movie at the box office… well sort of .
The 11th Hour was the highest grossing movie per theater this weekend averaging $14000 per theater. It beat out Superbad by more than $3000. Superbad eked by with a flimsy $10583 gross per theater. Not bad for The 11th Hour, a much more independent flick that was only showcased in four theaters nationwide. Of course, Superbad raked in over $31 million this weekend while The 11th Hour brought in around $56000, but who’s counting.
The only movie to tie The 11th Hour with a $14000 average gross per theater was Manda Bala – a very, very (very, very, very) sobering exploration into the corruption of Brazilian politics, plastic surgery and crime world. Watching Manda Bala makes me rethink the praise Brazil has received by greenies for its push for alternative fuels such as ethanol – the movie chronicles kidnappings, murder and the Magnolia-like story of frog farms used for money laundering.
All three movies are worth seeing – though, don’t go see Superbad expecting to be edified about any environmental topic – but do expect to laugh your ass off. As for all the great movies that came out this weekend, The 11th Hour is the only pure environmental choice for anyone interested in learning more about how each person can make a difference. The film is scheduled to open in 10 other cities this coming weekend followed by 15 more cities the weekend after that – so if you aren’t not lucky enough to live in LA or NYC – it’ll be in a theater near you within a couple of weeks.