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Roman Polanski’s ‘Carnage’ Just The Latest Theatrical Hit to Bomb Onscreen

Let’s talk artistic reputation for a moment. Let’s say I’ve got this $25 million comedy that was directed by Roman Polanski, stars Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz, and was based on a Pulitzer-winning play that had a wildly popular Broadway run and that’s being staged at more than twenty regional venues around the country this year. Even factoring in the moral outrage that always accompanies any mention of Polanski’s name, you’d still think the film would be a reasonable hit, right? Well, the film was called Carnage, it opened in mid-December 2011, and when it finally limped out of release about three months later, it had made a hair over two and a half million dollars. This happens to films like this – prestige pictures based directly on popular, acclaimed plays – way more often than you’d think. (FULL ARTICLE: The Washington Post)