Monday, October 10, 2016

Nat Turner Biopic Fairs Poorly


Actor Nate Parker's controversial Nat Turner biopic bombs at the box office...

The Nat Turner biopic, 'The Birth of a Nation', written, directed and starring Nate Parker came in no. 6 at the box office this week pulling an estimated $7 million in its debut weekend after showing in 2,105 theaters.

In contrast, the no.1 film this week 'The Girl on the Train' pulled in a whopping $24 million.

Nate Parker's biopic was dogged by protests after it was revealed that he, along with his college roommate and Nation writing partner Jean Celestin, had been accused of raping a white girl, who later committed suicide, while attending Penn State [click here if you missed that].

Ironically, the original 1915 'Birth of a Nation' film by D.W. Griffith depicted the United States plunged into chaos following the civil war with Black men portrayed as sexually aggressive deviants unable to control themselves around white women.

48 comments:

Anonymous said...

...probably did well on the bootleg circuit.

Anonymous said...

I couldn't find anyone to go with this weekend bc for whatever reasons we eant to forget our rich & triumphant heritage. The good, bad & ugly, we must never forget. This is where our strength and resilience come from...
I'm off today & will be catching a matinee.
Support our culture & educate your children. Take your families to the New AA Museum

Anonymous said...

@8:58 The weekend box office numbers count. Not having someone to hold your hand at the theatre is a poor excuse not to see the movie this weekend. Bring tissue, some cringe moments.

Monique said...

Tired azz slaves films. Put this rapist in jail where he beling

Anonymous said...

Would anyone recommend going to see it? I'm not really into slave films. I'm going to see "Girl on a train" even though I heard it was dull.

Anonymous said...

I'm still buying it when it comes out on DVD.

Anonymous said...

@8:58
damn I wanna go to wya@

Anonymous said...

@8:58 I'm in the NYC metro....where u at?

Candace Golden said...

I watched and loved the film and it seems to me that the film broke even this weekend alone. It'll do fine over the coming weeks.

Anonymous said...

@ 9:45...he was acquitted of that. You do know what acquitted means, right? As for the movie, it was powerful. Sad that people would rather feed into bullchit than get somewhat educated on their history. Tired @ss troll...

Anonymous said...

I heard people say they purchased tickets to see Birth of a Nation and actually saw the movie but the tickets printed were for another movie.

Anonymous said...

This movie is not historically accurate for speaking on how "important" it is.

Anonymous said...

@11:23 it was backed by Hollywood so you know certain things was going to skirted over

Ron said...

This movie 🎥 is a must see!!! Please go see it!!!

Kitty B. said...

@Candace, the film barely broke half, it was sold to Fox Searchlight for 17.5M this isn't good by a long shot, Fox was having an extremely tough time finding theaters because of the controversy surrounding the film...
He'll be lucky if the film stays in theaters long enough to break even.

Unknown said...

I find it very funny that all of this about his rape case came out right before the movie came. That sh#t was not a coincidence. That lady killed herself over 4 years ago in 2012 so why are we now hearing about it? Nate Parker has been in other movies so why wait until this movie comes out? Racist ass white media that's why. I didn't go see it because after watching so many documentaries about the way white people wronged African Americans as a kid I will not watch these types of films as an adult. Best of luck to the makers of this film though.

Anonymous said...

My and family and I saw it and we all loved the story. We saw it Sunday night and the theater was about 25% full. Not bad for a late Sunday night.

Anonymous said...

No thanks, not interested in another damn slave movie.

LOL@ movies showing niggas were strength and resilience... Comments like that truly show just how fucking stupid niggas are. You looking to a damn movie for guidance and strength in your life? Hold this fucking L

Allisha Hale said...

This is a great movie!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I don't watch slave movies and I do know Nat Turner's history because I read. It bothers me when people say it's a good movie because of the subject matter. I think I will buy a ticket and give it to someone to help a brother out, but I cannot personally enjoy any slave or "race" movies during this stage in my life.

Anonymous said...

#blackfilmsdon'tmatter

Ann-Frances Lambert said...

You should see the movie regardless and educate yourself for a change! #SupportBlackFilms

Anonymous said...

I am sick and tired of slave movies! Anything Gabriel union in bombs because she sucks! When blacks want to be considered for a oscar they make a slave movie.

Anonymous said...

If you are black and have a brain go see this movie, it's your HISTORY be aware. It's not just a slave movie and it's dumb to say that it's shows what we are seeing in our current election process.

WAKE UP PEOPLE, they've set you up and you let them by saying "not another slave movie". Jewish people NEVER stop talking about what happened to their ancestors meanwhile they are wealthy and empowered because they didn't let the past go away. They held people accountable WHEN WILL YOU?

Anonymous said...

I support Black films that interest me. Films based on true stories and events prompt me to read books about them, or maybe go to a lecture or borrow a documentary about the subject, if available, rather than spend money to see a Hollywierd adaption of it. Even though more than one purpose can be served through Hollywierd it is still the entertainment business. They make money off of entertainment, not education and enlightenment.

There were free screenings of this film sponsored by various entities at venues in a number of cities around the country. If I go to a free screening I'm not going to turn around and buy a ticket to the same show, unless it is just that damn good or I'm going with different people, or something like that.

Many people were not going to leave their homes this past weekend to go to a movie theater when there were sports, movies, reality shows, the presidential campaign debate, etc. on TV. For a lot of people it is a 3-day weekend and people found other things to do. There is also harsh weather in some parts of the country. Excuses, excuses, I know, but even excuses are reasons.

Anonymous said...

@12:22 check your comprehension. I never said or implied that I look to movies for guidance. Again, it's stories like this, (good,bad&ugly) that we can see just how strong & resilient we are by nature.

JDENT said...

THE PROBLEM. Nate brought the subject up. Then he kept talking about it. Heard that Oprah tried to advise him. But he didn't listen. I'm pretty sure he has p.r. ppl who advise him to shut the fuck up. obviously he is not taking any advice.

He comes off as uncaring. Rape is a very touchy subject. I read the court transcripts from the guy who was at the scene. This guy did not participate. Anyway, I don't mind the fact that it is a slave movie. There were many rebellions from Blacks on this piece of dirt. Check out some of the census records from the 1800s.

The last column says blacks accused of rebellion could not vote. That tells me that Blacks were fiercely engaged in the struggle for their freedom.

Anonymous said...

@1:32 I'm sure African American's people pretty much know their history. This film is historically inaccurate and hollywood glamorized.
Second of all, what happened to Jewish people was an event, it happened and it was horrible then it was over. They are not still feeling the effects of the Holocaust, and it is not being currently used against them.

I'm going to see the movie but I can understand some Black people have reservations about it. There is a thin line in these movies about making people aware of their history to "empower" them and using it as a reminder of what America thinks of them.

Anonymous said...

@2:12

LMAO so you weren't aware that people were strong in 19th century. Yea gotcha LOL

Fuck this movie, it flopped, next.

Anonymous said...

African (Black) Holocaust movies flop. Jewish Holocaust movies win awards.

Most Popular said...

It Flopped based on half of the black people in these comments...they don't want to be empowered or empower their young...but that new Tyler Perry movie gonna be a hit tho'

Anonymous said...

I empower my children through knowledge stemming from readin, research, and discourse. I don't allow Hollywood to educate mine. If folks want to see the movie so be it. I take no issue with that. I choose not to. My choice. But please stop claiming folks who don't share your opinions are ignorant, need to be empowered, and haters. By the way, Nat Turner has been one of my heroes since childhood when my family taught me about him. Suck on that.

Anonymous said...

BTW, I heard the movie was shit anyway. Simply because it was, ummmm, well, shit. *shrugs*

Anonymous said...

Hey, I honestly did not want to see the movie because as some other posters said, I don't need to be continually reminded of this bad chapter in American history. I'm grown and have been exposed to it plenty. I encourage young people to see it because I agree we need to understand the plight of our ancestors. I went to see it with an open mind and the intent to help black film. I can honestly say that this movie was not well done. I've seen plenty of period pieces covering this part of history and this way by far the my least favorite. I'm just being honest. I supported him but I'm not going to lie and say it was good just because it's a black film. Just my opinion but hey, support the brother and give it a shot.

Anonymous said...

"Support the brotha" even though he's a rapist?

Or just see an interesting (although largely fictional) take on a historical figure and event?
Real critics say it's a good movie.

Anonymous said...

1:32 and other commenters with sense, please keep talking, keep writing, and keep thinking. We need you

Anonymous said...

@5:35...I am a woman and I also wanted to jump to conclusions and assume he was guilty but I reigned myself in because no matter how much media exposure can sound convincing, that does not make it true. It's easy to get seduced by it and I'll admit I've been guilty of it but we truly do not know what happened and the man was acquitted so you are going to take it upon yourself to convict him and punish him when the law didn't? I'm done with letting the media control my mind and keep it shut. That's why there are so many innocent people incarcerated. Keep an open mind until you have reason not to. The movie was bad though. Sincerely, Fake Critic

Anonymous said...

@12:15pm We're hearing about it because his dumbass brought it up in a interview. Niggas always running their mouths in front of white ppl and now he mad because ppl call him a rapist. He snitched on his self. Once them white folks found out the girl was white and she killed herself it was a wrap for this film. I knew it would do horrible in the theaters.

Anonymous said...

2:49 PM I disagree with you BASED on the dumb comments in this thread alone!

Most black don't know what they need to know, if they did they WOULD not be popping bottles, wasting money and time on materialistic items etc.

Stay stupid you will be left behind.

Anonymous said...

African (Black) Holocaust movies flop. Jewish Holocaust movies win awards.
3:16 PM


Yet when comments about "Jews running hollyweird" constantly show up on this site you and others stay stuck on stupid being outraged by it and not investigating that notion?

Anonymous said...

It flopped because some of y'all just couldn't give up the Kardashians for a few hours.

Anonymous said...

"I'm sick of slave movies"

Trust and believe not more tired than the people who lived thru it.

Anonymous said...

@8:58 Why do you need someone to go to the movies with you? Be content with your self. Alone. You are so powerful that way. Then you can only add to another. People don't define us, we do. All by ourselves...

Anonymous said...

I wasn't opposed to the film. I just wasn't interested in going to see it. The hype didn't move me one way or another. I thought it would do better than this, though, considering the number of people that claimed they were going to see it and weren't phased by the rape/suicide situation. Hope it does better while there is still time to do so.

Anonymous said...

Nate left his black woman for a yt gal..let the yt's support his ass.

Anonymous said...

So now that everybody has had their say, can we stop pretending that:

The film is an accurate depiction of Nat Turner's life

Nate Parker didn't initiate sex between his friend and a heavily inebriated woman.

He isn't selling us black power while celebrating white supremacy with his white wife/children

We need another slave movie.

The movie FLOPPED, it is NOT educational, and Nate Parker can teach me NOTHING about black pride.

Anonymous said...

The movie flopped because people just weren't interested in seeing it. Of the people that saw the movie over the weekend, 61% were Black and of that 61% of Black people 63% were Black women. This means that Black men did not show up in large numbers to support the movie. You can GOOGLE Cinema exit polls for more detail.

I personally had no interest is seeing this movie because I don't need a movie to remind me of my heritage and the savagery of slavery. Some people do need to see movies like this and that is fine for them. And don't tell me I need to go support a fellow Black person's movie when I haven't seen nan post or call to action to go see and support Queen of Katwe. It was a great uplifting movie.

Anonymous said...

Keep it 100 fam, i'm deadass tired of these slavery movies. Black people have done much more than this in our lifetime on this Earth. One brief period of a few hundred years can never sum of the experience of our people but let (((Hollywood))) tell it, black people never existed before the Middle Passage.

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