By Stephen Ericson and Celia Farber
There is already a Wikipedia page set up attacking the film Vaxxed: From Coverup To Catastrophe, from all angles– citing lies and distortions, from the usual cast of illegitimate hostile bloggers.
It states, for example, under “Premiere” that the film was attended, as the first review, in the New York Times, stated, by “several dozen people.”
The review (more like a premeditated attack) by Melena Ryzik, sniffed that Vaxxed, “…premiered to an audience of a few dozen, days after it was dropped by the Tribeca Film Festival.”
This should–we feel– have been anticipated by the PR agents for Vaxxed: Most people work. The film opened on a Friday. How many people can leave work and attend a film during the day?
A fair and honest reporter would have waited to see how many people attended the real “premiere” which was at 8 pm, April 1st, and which was followed by a Q&A with the film’s creators and lede characters. That viewing was packed to the last seat. As were the majority of the screenings throughout the weekend. When the film makers came out after the screening, (see video below) they were met with a standing ovations.
But propagandists never let facts get in the way of a good beating. A trope took hold, in all the hostile captured media reviews for Vaxxed, insisting that the film has been “sparsely attended.”
Emily Willingham, blogging for Forbes, is to vaccine damage what Walter Duranty was to the Holomodor: A shameless apologist. Unable to contain herself, she titled her gleeful hit piece: “Andrew Wakefield’s Film Fizzles.” To prove this, she drew upon fellow bullies who in turn, drew upon Ryzik and the mid day screening April 1st.
Willingham trumpeted: “As the New York Times reported, “several dozen people” turned up for the premiere in Manhattan. Rebecca Robbins from Stat tweeted from the premiere: “Not a huge crowd here.’”
Now let’s look at some hard facts:
Boxofficemojo.com said that the movie did $22,000 in 3 the three days of its opening weekend.
The tickets ran $14 each so let’s do some basic math.
$22,000/$14= 1,571 people who saw the movie. The theater holds 236 people. 1,571 / 236 = 6.7 sold out shows in total.
By late evening Monday, April 4 an article appeared, that did not fit at all with the fantasies of Ryzik, Willingham, et al. It turns out Vaxxed was even more successful than our search earlier today at BoxofficeMojo revealed:
“Controversial Vaxxed Doc Grosses $28 k in US Debut.”
The film grossed $28,399 its first 3 days.
Let’s compare that to an opening weekend for some other controversial documentary: Fahrenheit 9/11.
Fahrenheit 9/11 reaped $23,920,637 its first weekend but it opened in 868 theaters, which brings us to an average of $27,558 per theater.
But that film that had infinitely more PR, hype and television advertising. Many people “disagreed strongly” with its message, but the world did not come to a halt. Citizens United tried–unsuccessfully– to get the ad blocked, on grounds it counted as a political ad during a campaign season.
As for Willingham’s general diagnosis of a”fizzle”–wrong again. It was reported today in Variety that distributor Cinema Libre has had many requests for its popular but officially unpopular film:
“In two weeks, the controversial documentary will open at the Laemmle in Santa Monica, and possibly one or two other Los Angeles locations. Distributor Cinema Libre Studio hopes to expand the film’s national footprint in the coming months, eventually screening “Vaxxed” in between 250 and 300 theaters before it debuts on home entertainment platforms in July….”
“…The film will also be shown at the Houston Film Festival and the Manhattan Film Festival, and there are discussions to include the picture in other festival lineups, Diaz said.”
Now, let’s see if we can get any of the liars to admit the reality of box office numbers, and festival screening requests, and retro-fit their attack-articles to resemble reality outside their heated emotions.
Please tweet them, and if you manage to get anything corrected, we’d be most interested–and even more surprised.
— Stephen Ericson & Celia Farber
Video by Celia Farber, April 1, 2016, Angelika Film Center