SOME EXIT POLLS AND A FEW NEW MARKETS!
First off, OUR poll (followed by results of actual polls taken at the theater):
And now, thanks to everyone who saw the movie. We hope you enjoyed it. Outlander obviously didn’t set the box office on fire but it’s hard to do so when no one knows about you. I can report that there were no posters up in certain theaters in Chicago, Seattle, Boston, Houston and San Diego. I suspect, although do not know for sure, that TWC simply didn’t provide them.
I saw the movie in San Diego on Friday night (Shoutout to Mae Lin, Amy, Karen and Cassandra!) and the audience liked it. Ooohed at the right places, laughed when they were meant to.
As you know, we have gotten some very nice reviews (I’ll be posting more) plus some pretty harsh ones. I can respect that people don’t like the film but my goodness, some of them have found the stupidest things to fault. My personal favorite is the one who disliked our choice of dates for the movie. Somehow “709 AD” just ticked him off. And then there was the bright light who thought we shouldn’t have bothered showing our hero learn “Old Norse” in order to speak with the locals because when he got there they already spoke English. It seems he didn’t understand the time-honored convention of rendering foreign languages in English for the English-speaking audience. But such is the life of a critic – they get to rain down excrement while living under umbrellas.
There has definitely been a dichotomy in the reviews. Many of those who had a negative, snarky reaction did not realize that we had based the movie on the poem Beowulf, and had actually designed it as the “sci-fi origin” of that early monster tale. They simply thought we were kitchen-sinking the idea. Like we sat around one day and said “gee, let’s have an alien creature attack Des Moines. No, too boring. How about… Norway, in the 8th century? Then we could have Vikings and stuff, and what fanboy doesn’t love Vikings?”
Didn’t happen that way.
On the other hand, those who did see what we were aiming at may have taken us to task but absolutely had a warmer spot for the movie. But the reviews that matter the most came from the real human beings who saw the movie, and they were very good. According to exit polls:
64% found the film Very good or excellent (the norm is 55%)
85% would Probably or Definitely recommend the movie to friends
59% thought it was better than expected (the norm is 50%)
70% would Probably or Definitely rent the DVD
56% would Probably or Definitely buy the DVD
I’d say those are very good reactions and heartening to us as filmmakers.
And so, if you would like to see the film, here are some new markets for next weekend
1. Mobile-Pensacola , AL
2. Knoxville, TN
3. Huntsville-Decatur, Fl
4. Greensboro-H. Point-W. Salem , NC
5. Dothan, AL
6. Cleveland , OH
7. Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
There will be some holdovers, but I don’t know what they are.