Despite breaking Sundance records earlier this year, Nate Parker’s ‘The Birth of A Nation‘ opened in 6th place over the weekend with only 7.1 Million dollars made at the box office. Many are citing historical inaccuracies and the public’s disinterested in the film, while others are blaming the box office flop on Nate Parker’s recent rape allegation controversy.
Parker, who wrote, produced, directed and stars in Birth of Nation, was under an intense spotlight after news of his involvement in the case resurfaced this past summer. The alleged victim, a former classmate at Penn State University, accused both Parker and his friend, Jean Celestin, of sexually assaulting her while she was unconscious. She committed suicide in 2012 at the age of 30.
No matter how many interviews Parker has done recently, it would seem that Parker became a liability to his own film. Many have stated that Parker lacked conviction and remorse, while mostly coming off rude and arrogant.
The project itself seemed flawed as well. As reviews for the film began to come in from critics, we struggled to find a good one. Many critics praise the films visuals, but say the filmmaker made a critical mistake by having historical inaccuracies and an overall misogynistic view of women throughout the film.
Although we applaud Nate Parker for his intentions, his follow through lacked the cinematic great that we were promised.
Fox Searchlight must feel some kind of way seeing as they forked over 17 million dollars to get the film made. You would think the success from Fox’s 12 Years a Slave would have helped the credibility of the film, but it’s Fox.
HERE IS THE INTERNET’S REACTION TO THE CINEMATIC FLOP
They said that Birth Of A Nation didn't do too good in the box office thing, thats too be expected. them white folks aint going to see that.
— Donald Hump (@RozzayRedd) October 10, 2016
Someone on my fb said "y'all quick to march but y'all ain't even go support Birth of a Nation" pic.twitter.com/jHy2aaZng9
— Decent n' Ratchet (@LanaDelWeirdAF) October 10, 2016
They have people saying if you don't go see Birth of a Nation, a damn MOVIE, you're lost. FOH.
— Ziggy (@kxngzai) October 10, 2016
why I'm not seeing birth of a nation
1. Didn't want to see it in the first place
2. I heard it's not historically accurate or good
— BREEYONCE of WAKANDA (@DESPICABLE_BREE) October 10, 2016
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