[UPDATED: Distributor Claims Opening Numbers Were Strong] Sarah Palin Movie Debuts in OC to an Audience of . . . One Lone Atlantic Reporter

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UPDATE, JULY 19, 4:57 P.M.: Despite the abysmal turnout at The Undefeated's midnight debut in OC, the film's distributor, ARC Entertainment, is declaring the opening weekend numbers a win. A news release called the opening "stronger than expected," earning a per screen average of more than $11,000 at AMC 30 at the Block. Producers plan to roll out the film in more cities soon.   

The Atlantic's Conor Friedersdorf followed up his piece, "Sarah Palin Movie Debuts to Empty Theater in Orange County," recommended on Facebook by more than 50,000 people, with another piece, "How I Became the Subject of a Conspiracy Theory," which chronicles the barrage of praises and attacks he received after the story was published, with some conservatives suggesting that Friedersdorf attended a secret showing.  

"The fact that so many people imagine I am invested in the movie's failure, or that anyone cares deeply about its box office performance other than the filmmakers themselves, is frankly baffling to me," he writes.

The Undefeated was written and directed by Stephen K. Bannon of Laguna Beach. 

ORIGINAL POST, JULY 15, 12:45 P.M.: Well, it was Harry Potter night, after all.  

While in town visiting his parents, Atlantic editor Conor Friedersdorf decided to work some reporting into his trip by checking out last night's premiere of The Undefeated, aka the Sarah Palin documentary, and interviewing the folks who made their way out to the late-night showing. AMC at The Block in Orange is one of only 10 theaters in the country rolling out the film. He figured there'd be a huge turnout in a county where "even Richard Nixon's association with this place is treated as a point of pride."  

What he came back with was a sad yet hilarious account of being the only one in the theater. (Sort of. A pair of girls entered after failing to score tix for Pottermania, and near the end of the film, a couple wandered in to make out.)     

The Undefeated follows Palin's journey to become a tea party superheroine after John McCain tapped her to be his running mate in 2008.

Does Friedersdorf's piece reveal that the former governor's fan club is shrinking in OC? Perhaps, though more likely, its members probably just don't stay up that late.
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Brandt Hardin
Brandt Hardin

This film is simply another publicity stunt to make Palinwhat she really wants…. not the presidency, but cold hard CASH.  Palin is for $ale and is making it rich onyour dime with every book, speaking engagement, and movie ticket that marketsher image and sells her looks (it’s certainly not her choice of words which gother this far.)  Just watch her rolling inthe money with an indecent proposal on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot...

Kaonashi
Kaonashi

Bill Maher said it best: "And when I point out that Sarah Palin is a vainglorious braggart, a liar, a whiner, a professional victim, a scold, a know-it-all, a chiseler, a bully who sells patriotism like a pimp, and the leader of a strange family of inbred weirdos straight out of "The Hills Have Eyes,” that's not sexist. I'm saying it because it's true, not because it's true of a woman."  Google "Bill Maher - The Reason Why Liberals Don't Like Bachmann & Palin" for a bit of entertaining truth..

Bill T.
Bill T.

Well, it's obvious she hasn't a clue about her non-qualifications (largely because of her not being able to buy a clue on most important issues) so she has concluded that she's being persecuted (you know, false premise, false conclusion).

ksa
ksa

Fat Bris-Dull was going to go but decided to get knocked up again instead.

Pawsvacationcare
Pawsvacationcare

She needs attention and praise 24/7 and because her movie flopped because no one wants to see it, she will now run for President - for awhile.  

Tiarebeach
Tiarebeach

And her whiney "I'm the Victim" "It's the Lamestream Media's Fault" press conference without questions, of course in 1, 2, 3 . . . . .

Citizen of Massachusetts
Citizen of Massachusetts

Kind of telling that the writer didn't mention all the other shows were sold out!!Who other than Harry Potter fans are starting to watch a movie AFTER MIDNIGHT!The liberal Obama loving media just keeps living up to their sad reputation, which is way below that of IRS agents. (no offense to the agents)

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I'm not an Obama supporter but please get large ball tumors.

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