OK this really isn’t funny any more. In addition to hurricanes, earthquakes and blizzards, George Bush is now to blame for Sharon Stone’s latest boxoffice bomb…. Follow this tortured logic….
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – The last time “Basic Instinct” man-eater Catherine Tramell prowled the big screen, the studio erotic thriller was hitting box office heights. The first “Instinct” took the top spot when it debuted in 1992, with an opening weekend of $15.1 million, the equivalent of $20.45 million in today’s dollars.
By comparison, “Basic Instinct 2” limped into 10th place upon its arrival this weekend, grossing just $3.2 million.
In the years between the two films, a string of high-profile flops, including MGM’s “Body of Evidence,” United Artists’ “Showgirls” and Paramount Pictures’ “Jade,” have all contributed to the cooling off of the erotic thriller, a genre that had once sizzled at the box office.
Paul Verhoeven, director of the first “Basic Instinct” (which scored $353 million worldwide) as well as the widely ridiculed “Showgirls” (now regarded as something of a camp classic), attributes the genre’s demise to the current American political climate.
“Anything that is erotic has been banned in the United States,” said the Dutch native. “Look at the people at the top (of the government). We are living under a government that is constantly hammering out Christian values. And Christianity and sex have never been good friends.”
What crack pipe has he been smoking? His movie wasn’t BANNED it BOMBED. I know the spellings are similar but the meanings are quite different.
If anything, the story explains why it bombed… Market saturation.
Bouncing breasts might have brought people to the movies 15 years ago, now all we need to do is turn on the Super Bowl. Far from being banned, we’re now bombarded with sexual content so often it no longer is unique.
Perhaps Mr. Verhoeven should learn to make better movies and not blame his er –inadequacies– on George Bush.
Update: Aaron @ twoorthree.net….
Why don’t we evalute those three movies, particularly the year in which they were released and who the President was at that time:
Body of Evidence – 1993
Showgirls – 1995
Jade – 1995
As I recall, the President during those years was a very “good friend” with sex.
Yeah, pretty much.