Michael Moore: ‘Passion of Christ’ Crowd Behind Box-Office Success of ‘American Sniper’
Michael Moore poked at the audience behind the success of American Sniper. The far left Democrat said the movie owed its success to the “Passion of the Christ” crowd.
FOX News reported:
Filmmaker Michael Moore said the box office record-setting film “American Sniper” owes its success to “the ‘Passion of Christ’ crowd.”
In a long question and answer session published on the website Vice.com, Moore, who was widely criticized by everyone from Kid Rock to John McCain for tweets saying snipers were cowards, said he witnessed firsthand the film’s audience demographic when he saw “American Sniper” in the politically liberal neighborhood of Greenwich Village in New York, N.Y.
“I went there on the second night of the opening. It was only in four theaters in the country. I like Clint Eastwood, and I wanted to see this movie. Frankly it had the best trailer and best TV ads of any movie of the year,” he said. “But when I got there, from the popcorn line to inside the theater, I said, ‘Oh my God. Look around, we’re in the Village and no one from the Village is here.'”
Moore said he realized he was watching the film with people predominantly not from the area, and largely from military backgrounds. Moore said he appreciated seeing the film in that context. “I was so happy sitting with this audience because they were very affected by it,” he said. “There were tears. People were having a reaction to it.”
Moore said he thinks the movie’s appeal skews toward an audience that doesn’t usually see movies.
“It just felt like a real ‘Passion of the Christ’ crowd. People who would normally wait for it to go on video or see it on TV but wanted that collective feeling of sitting there with others,” he said.
For the record Michael Moore wrong about the Sniper crowds…
Deadline Hollywood reported, via The Kelly File, 43% of the American Sniper audience is women. And, 37% are under the age of 25.