Maybe movie goers realise they have been scammed?

The Washington Times reports that Hollywood tries to save the Earth, but moviegoers aren?t buying eco-messages anymore.

Perhaps, we go to the movies, to be entertained – not to be preached at by jumped up celebrities and directors or washed-up politicians.

Photo by: Jensen Walker

Climate change got its close-up in 2017. A gaggle of films either name-checked?Al Gore?s biggest fear or built their narratives around it.

The timing, in theory, couldn?t be better for Hollywood bean counters: Three major hurricanes. Massive fires in the West. Record-setting chills. Media reports routinely connected the disasters with a warming planet.

Yet audiences stayed away from films influenced by eco-concerns. Far, far away.

Think ?Blade Runner 2049,? ?Geostorm,? ?Downsizing,? ?An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power? and ?mother!? They all flopped, some in spectacular fashion.

Mr. Gore?s sequel to his documentary smash ?An Inconvenient Truth? paid the most attention to climate change, of course. The 2006 original scored with audiences and Oscar voters, earning best documentary honors. The sequel snared a fraction of the first film?s tally: $3 million versus $24 million. That?s despite massive media attention, mostly fawning reviews and promotion from eco-conscious stars such as Paul McCartney, Bono and Pharrell Williams.

All, as you well know, with PhDs in relevant scientific disciplines.? [Not]

Documentaries rarely make serious coin at the box office, but the drop was massive.

?Geostorm? promised B-movie thrills with a tale of the Earth?s weather run amok. Audiences typically adore disaster films ? the cheesier, the better. So what happened? The movie raked in $33 million from a reported $120 million budget.

?Downsizing,? a rare flop from director Alexander Payne (?About Schmidt?), envisioned a future in which people can shrink themselves to the height of a grapefruit. That fueled some cheeky social commentary and a recurring message about the world?s dwindling resources.

Another myth pushed upon us by the Gaia lovers.

?Mother!? and ?Blade Runner 2049? touched on climate change in more subtle ways.

Is there a connection among the flops, or is Hollywood circa 2017 more unpredictable than ever?

Justin Haskins, executive editor at the right-leaning, free-market Heartland Institute, said Hollywood insiders remain fixated on saving the planet.

?They believe climate change will bring people to the movies,? Mr. Haskins said. ?That?s wildly out of touch with how moviegoers feel about the issue.?

Likewise Governments around the world are wildly out of touch with how the general population feels about the issue.

A Pew Research survey this year found that ?the environment? does not rank among the top 10 public policy concerns of most Americans, trailing behind ?terrorism,? ?the economy,? ?education? and ?jobs,? among others.

Mr. Haskins said it wasn?t always this way. Hits such as ?An Inconvenient Truth? and ?The Day After Tomorrow,? the 2004 film that dove directly into climate change fears, touched a nerve. The box office receipts proved it. ?Tomorrow? hauled in $186 million despite tepid reviews.

At the time, audiences were genuinely scared about what climate change could mean to the planet, he said. Time passed, though, and many of the frightening predictions made by?Mr. Gore?and like-minded activists didn?t come to fruition.

“Many … predictions … didn’t come to fruition”? Name one that did!

?They stopped believing the problem was as serious as what?Al Gore?was saying,? Mr. Haskins said.

Is it any wonder climate change alarmism isn?t an easy sell at the cineplex?[…]

But it is an easy sell to the Greens, Labour and, to their everlasting shame, National as well.

What is it going to take to get a break-through on this?

Every time-stamped prediction has failed.? The measured data (before “adjustment”, “homogenization”, “averaging” and “correction”) is wildly different from the model predictions. And the name keeps changing: Catastrophic Global Warming -> Global Warming -> Climate Change -> Climate Weirdness -> Extreme Weather etc but the faith of the believers is unshaken.

Does Hell (or even the Thames) have to freeze over before we can be rid of this scam?