File this one under “If a Tree Falls in the Forest.”
Filmmaker Michael Moore has added his name to the list of liberal entertainers bent on punishing the state of North Carolina over its bathroom law, which restricts bathroom and changing room use to the sex specified on the user’s birth certificate.
Moore’s contribution to the vindictive protest has been to cancel showings of his new film “Where to Invade Next” in the Tar Heel State.
On Tuesday, Moore made his boycott official with this tweet:
I have asked my distributor NOT to book my film in any theater in North Carolina due 2 their bigoted law against LGBTQ ppl. They have agreed
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) April 12, 2016
Unfortunately for him, the film is his biggest flop ever, which means his boycott is falling largely on deaf ears. The Guardian reports:
His first movie for six years, it opened across 308 cinemas in the US last weekend taking $897,034 (£620,231) for a location average of $2,912. That’s considerably less than the $4,452 taken by The Big One in 1998, as well as the $3,810 per screen taken by his fiction film, Canadian Bacon, in 1995.
And it’s substantially less than the $57,991 taken in each cinema by Capitalism: A Love Story in 2009.
North Carolina is not the only venue that will be deprived of Moore’s “genius.” As he told The Guardian last October, he will not be showing the film in a the UK, explaining: “I wanted to pick the flowers and not the weeds.”
Looks like the weeds didn’t want him, either.