'Expelled' breaks into Top 10 on first weekend|
Allie Martin - OneNewsNow
4/21/2008 12:05:00 PM
A documentary that examines a movement in academic circles to censor the teaching of intelligent design placed in the Top 10 of box office receipts on its opening weekend.
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed took in $3.2 million on opening weekend. The movie stars Ben Stein, who interviews scientists and professors who have been blacklisted, lost tenure, and in some cases were fired for questioning Darwinian evolution and wanting to teach intelligent design. (See earlier story)
Mark Mathis, executive producer of the movie, says the strong showing will get Hollywood's attention. "There's a lot of garbage out there in our theaters, and when investors stick their necks out and risk their hard-earned money to see a movie like this produced, they're taking a big risk -- and they're hoping that people will honor that and actually go see it," he shares.
Mathis points out that Expelled opened on 1,052 screens -- about half the number of screens of other Top 10 movies.
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