Harry Potter Magic Makes Palin Film 'Disappear'

'The Undefeated ' plays to empty seats, collects $70K
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jul 19, 2011 3:20 AM CDT
Sarah Palin talks with people outside the Opera House in Pella, Iowa, for a showing of her film last month.   (AP Photo/The Des Moines Register, Andrea Melendez)
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(Newser) – The latest Harry Potter film has chalked up a feat of political magic: It made Sarah Palin's new documentary nearly "obliviate" from the public's mind. The Los Angeles Times calls it a case of "Harry Potter and The Order of Palin," and reports that the spell-binding box office smash made the Palin documentary a near no-notice. The Undefeated opened in 10 markets and took in no more than $70,000. A screening in California's Orange County was "attended by empty seats," sniggers the LAT.

The numbers do stack up a little better by one measure, though: Harry Potter took in an average of $38,000 per theater, compared to The Undefeated's $6,700. The Undefeated director Stephen Bannon characterized the opening as a success, and says social media and word-of-mouth will generate favorable buzz. "We are extremely pleased with the audience reaction, which has been over-the-top enthusiastic and very passionate," says a spokesman for distributor ARC Entertainment, which is planning wider releases of the film.

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