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Conservatives Blast 'White House Down'
"White House Down" did not make the money that Sony Pictures thought it would make opening weekend, despite being marketed as a huge summer blockbuster and starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. The film only made $24.8 million in its opening weekend and the dismal opening is being cheered by conservatives, who blast the movie as "liberal propaganda."
“Jamie Foxx, Channing Tatum and the liberals win the day, and the hawkish, Fox News-adoring, reactionary killers wind up either in jail or ripped to shreds by explosives and ammunition," Asawin Suebsaeng wrote. "It’s typical Hollywood liberalism with gigantic firearms."
Foxx stars as President James Sawyer and Tatum stars as John Cale, a capital police officer. As Cale scores passes for a White House tour to impress his daughter, a group of men take over the White House. Cale, who wants to be in the Secret Service, springs into action to save his daughter and the president, who Foxx mimicks President Barack Obama.
“In the eyes of Hollywood, the military is an all-white, all-male organization so dedicated to unfocused imperialism that it is willing to commit mass murder of fellow Americans for the chance to die in some Middle East hellhole," Kurt Schlichter wrote.
Roland Emmerich, who directed the movie, reportedly is not surprised by the backlash from conservatives and even welcomes it. Some of his other movies including "2012," "The Day After Tomorrow" and "Independence Day" experienced backlash as well.
"I'm excited for that, but I never watch or see reviews," Emmerich told HuffPost Live about Fox News hating the movie. "I keep that out of my life."
"In that way I always try to put ideas and thoughts into my movies that I truly believe," he continued.
On the Fourth of July, "White House Down" is being offered to active duty military and veterans for free.
“We think 'White House Down' is the summer’s best action movie," Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution for Sony Pictures, told THR in a statement. "[Seeing the film] is a great way to celebrate the holiday and to honor and thank the troops for their service to our country."
To date, "White House Down" has made $32 million worldwide but has not opened in all markets. It cost $150 million to make.