Mister Tee wrote:
Hacksaw Ridge -- which I, too, have been putting off viewing -- feels a bit like a self-fulfilling awards prophecy: its critical reception is mediocre (only 3 Metacritic points ahead of dead-dead Birth of a Nation), its box-office the same...but bloggers talked it up as an Oscar comeback for Gibson, and, by god, it's on its way to that status. (This sort of thing mostly seems to happen to Guy Movies.)
Hacksaw Ridge -- which I, too, have been putting off viewing -- though is performing a lot better than Birth of a Nation did.
U.S. Box Office to date: $58,282,358 (and climbing)
International Box Office: $23,026,012 (and climbing and it is still to be released in a number of countries including the U.K.)
I think that's pretty impressive for a film with somewhat limited appeal that was I believe made on a modest budge of about 40 million.
Birth of a Nation:
U.S. Box Office to date:$15,858,754 (little chance of getting any higher)
International Box Office: Nil as it has yet to be released outside the U.S., but won't even make it's domestic B.O. take as the subject matter has virtually zero interest outside the U.S. I suspect it will be a straight to video in most countries.