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A summary by AEI’s Rick Hess of WfS’s poor performance at the box office despite the massive Gates-funded promotional campaign.

Earlier this fall, there was lots of excitement about Waiting For Superman. It was the talk of the town for a bit, prompted NBC to discover education for a week, and made a school reform icon out of director Davis Guggenheim. In the aftermath, though, Guggenheim has taken shots for some questionable factual assertions and a scene in which he apparently inserted a manufactured shot for emotional impact (very Broadcast News).

The movie is now finishing its theatrical run, dribbling out of the last few theaters. How big a splash did it make? Go to the original…


jcgrim — 18 December 2010, 11:09

Gates and his venture philanthropists can make up for the poor theater receipts by buying an academy award.

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