‘Atlas Shrugged Part 2’ Falters At The North American Box Office

Director John Putch’s Atlas Shrugged: Part 2 was met with disinterest from the North American movie-going public, Alt Film Guide reports. The film, which stars Samantha Mathis, is the second part of the epic cinematic adaptation of author Ayn Rand’s 1975 novel. On Friday, the movie only managed to make around $692,000 from over 1,000 locations. When you break down those numbers to reveal the project’s per-location totals, the second installment only managed to earn around $684 at each theaters.

Box Office Mojo reports that Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 managed to earn around $674,000 from only 299 theaters. Although the first installment made less than its sequel, it did so in a lot less theaters. Not surprisingly, it may take a while before this particular endeavor can recoup its budget.

Atlas Shrugged follows the adventures of Dagny Taggart, a railroad executive who attempts to keep her business alive and well while the world is coming apart at the seams. Internet Movie Database describes the sequel as follows:

“The global economy is on the brink of collapse. Unemployment tops 24%. Gas is $42 per gallon. Railroads are the main transportation. Brilliant creators, from artists to industrialists, are mysteriously disappearing. Dagny Taggart, COO of Taggart Transcontinental, has discovered an answer to the mounting energy crisis — a prototype of a motor that draws energy from static electricity. But, until she finds its creator, it’s useless. It’s a race against time. And someone is watching.”

The film’s critical reception hasn’t fared much better than its box office returns. The film currently has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 0 percent from just ten critics. “The people behind the ‘Atlas Shrugged’ series of films have things they want to tell you, and just to make sure that you know what they are, the movies tell you, and tell you, and then tell you again,” Alonso Duralde wrote in his review over at The Wrap.

Did you catch Atlas Shrugged: Part 2 over the weekend? Do you think it was as bad as critics have claimed?