'Birth of a Nation' Flops in the Box Office

Despite overwhelming positive reviews, The Birth of a Nation flops in the box office earning only $7.1 million.

Playing in over 2,000 movie theaters across the country, Nate Parker's latest film was expected to make at least $9 million - still low figure considering a movie that was purchased for a record breaking $17.5 million at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Surprisingly, critics praised the movie saying "Whatever one thinks of the messenger, the delivered movie is worthy of attention. It's a film for the here and now, a document that nicely supports the BlackLivesMatter movement (and throws shade on the AllLivesMatter nonsense)." Set against the antebellum South, The Birth of a Nation centers around Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat's preaching to put unruly slaves in place. As he witnesses countless atrocities--against himself and his fellow slaves--Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom. Meanwhile, The Girl on the Train starring Emily Blunt won the box office weekend with $37 million. It's important to point out that The Girl on the Train features less diversity, and poorer movie ratings than The Birth of a Nation. However, Tate Taylor's drama about a divorcee who becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation seemed resonated with audiences. Even though critics called the movie "a lifeless wax museum version of a real thriller." What do you think? Discuss this story with fellow Project Casting fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @projectcasting.