Atlas Bombed

Looks like we’ll never get to see John Galt’s 90 minute speech in part 3:

Atlas Shrugged: Part I was the top-grossing limited release of the weekend, generating an estimated $1.7 million at 300 single-screen locations.

For a pure independent release, Atlas Shrugged: Part I’s opening was fine. But for the first-ever adaptation of Ayn Rand’s influential mega-selling 1957 novel that had far more media hype than any other independent movie could dream of, it was disappointing.

There aren’t many direct comparisons, because it’s rare that an adaptation of such a famous book gets such a modest release. Atlas Shrugged: Part I opened higher than recent limited Christian movies The Grace Card and To Save a Life, and it was distributor Rocky Mountain Pictures’ third highest-grossing launch, behind End of the Spear and Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. But none of those movies are significant in the grand scheme of things. They’re all still blips, even if Atlas was a slightly bigger blip than many.

What’s more, Atlas Shrugged: Part I’s box office dropped six percent from Friday to Saturday, further indicating niche appeal. The movie would require exceptional holds moving forward to right its course.

Scott Adams is Still a Tool

When he’s not busy comparing women to children and the mentally disabled, he’s commenting on blogs using a fake name to talk about what a genius Scott Adams is.

Scott Adams, creator of the great comic strip Dilbert, is sort of a prick. He is a horrible boss, and recently penned a charming misogynist rant comparing women to children begging for candy. Now we learn he likes to bash critics on message boards under a pseudonym.

For months, Adams has been pretending to be the world’s biggest Scott Adams fan under the handle “PlannedChaos.” (Planned Chaos is a book by Austrian economist and libertarian hero Ludwig von Mises.) Today, he fessed up to his sockpuppetry.

It started with a thread on link-sharing community MetaFilter about Adams’ Wall Street Journal op-ed on how awesome and successful he is even though he didn’t get straight-As in school. Some people said mean things about the article, suggesting Scott Adams wrote like someone who has “actually convinced himself… that he’s the smartest guy in the room.”

That’s when “PlannedChaos” weighed in, furiously defending Adams: