August 6th, 2012 / 32 Comments

I just want to say one thing before I get into the figures, maybe two.  I’ve seen all the tweets of the wannabe hipsters claiming they “walked out  blah blah blah worst movie ever” – that’s good – glad you feel the need to let the world know about your ignorance because you can hardly judge a film, especially a film of this calibre from the first 20 or 40 minutes.  If you sat through the entire film and told me you didn’t like it, well that’s your perogative – I won’t judge you.  But telling the world you walked out – who the hell cares about your misguided self importance.  And Michelle reminded me this morning of something Vertigo and I noticed – how many people actually sat through the entire end credits.  Maybe I should go on twitter and say that …

In any event, because no doubt people will just say “oh there go the robsessed again claiming he is a God”, I just want to add that this film was released in Australia during the Olympics – that’s not an excuse it’s fact and more than likely the reason why you’ve not seen it advertised anywhere.  Instead they’ve been pushing the Vampire Hunter one – I wonder why.  So even without any advertising whatsoever (even the cinema I saw it at didn’t have a poster or promo picture anywhere and we are talking Event Cinemas) it still managed to gross $92,556 in only 34 cinemas Australia wide (see Urbancine for full list of box office).  It’s just sitting outside the Top 10 at no. 11.    Not bad if you ask me considering the Top 10 is pretty much filled with high profile films that have been pimped to high heaven everywhere.

  • Maria
    Posted on August 06, 2012

    TwiBritneyFan here!

    I enjoyed the movie very much! I will see it again very soon when it comes out in our larger venue theatres! It did very well here at our smaller venue. 🙂

  • Martha M
    Posted on August 06, 2012

    Ignorant stupid people!

    There’s absolutely no way these people could have read the book. The would have put it down after reading the first page. Their opinion means nothing to me. unch of brainless @$$*&#!

    I’m soo proud of him. Wow number 11 is not bad at all. Especially if there was no advertisement. I have seen any here either. They will be playing it in more cinemas then BA, that makes me very, very happy.

    Thanks Maria for the info.

  • Lisa
    Posted on August 06, 2012

    Oooooooooo! I can’t wait to see this film next week when it hits my local cinema. There will always be people who diss – and they will always be the ones who attract the immediate attention. But this movie has had so many brilliant reviews that in the end, it will speak for itself. I’ve got no time for idiots spouting rubbish. My answer to them? “Whatever.” *shrug*

  • Sue
    Posted on August 06, 2012

    You only have to look at that list to see how hard it really is for any independent films these days ~ especially without promotion/advertising. Hadn’t considered the Olympics, but you’re right @Maria, that makes a lot of sense. Considering that I seem to be just about the only person in Brisbane who’s heard of Cosmopolis (slight exaggeration, but only slight!), I’m thrilled that it’s taken $92,000. I must say after 3 viewings, 80% of the audience I’ve seen has been male, so there are at least a few DC fans who’ve been waiting for it to come out, which is great. (1 walk-out, within the first 15 minutes. His loss.) Thanks Maria.

  • Carolyn
    Posted on August 06, 2012

    Well, bad luck to those people that walked out, (we had 4 out of 16) because we (hubby and I) loved it! We went in there knowing it was going to be an unusual movie, but that was the point. As you said, it hasn’t been promoted widely and the cinemas screening it were few and far between so I don’t see why you would go to see a movie you know absolutely nothing about and then walk out and complain when you don’t like it. We walked out of there hyped and with huge grins on our faces, knowing we’d experienced a movie of such rare quality. I felt privileged I had seen it.( Hubby even compared it to his favourite movie, Pulp Fiction)
    I loved it and can’t wait to see it again.

  • Val
    Posted on August 06, 2012

    Hi Maria, firstly I feel the need to say that I love you for how much pride & time you invest in Rob. I’m going to see Cosmopolis tomorrow for the first time with an old school pal I reconnected with recently….our biggest new bonding experience so far has been our mutual respect for Rob. We are going into the cinema with our eyes wide open 😀 I don’t understand why people go to see things they know nothing about, and then whinge about it? All the reviews explain how different & controversial it is, and that it’s based on a book (that anyone can buy & plough through like me & most of the ladies here I imagine)…. Most movies that have won accolades have been confronting or challenging in some way or scene; a fluffy HEA movie is fun but not necessarily of any artistic merit or memorable in nature. @Carolyn, I’m so impressed your hubby went too, and loved it – I’m in awe of his comparison! That’s better than any movie-critic review 😀

  • adream
    Posted on August 06, 2012

    People will always complain about him. He’ll never be anything but Edward to some. As long as he keeps making these indie films for me (and those of you with taste :p ) to enjoy watching him, the haters can hate.

  • Lea
    Posted on August 06, 2012

    I think that is what is so interesting about this movie, the fact that opinion (from both critics and audience) is completely polarised. Which is the hallmark of most good Cronenberg films and was certainly the case with the novel itself. Did I enjoy it? I don’t know – it intrigued and engaged me and I’ll definitely go back and see it again, because I know I’ll get more out of it each time I see it. But I couldn’t stop watching and Rob had my attention the whole way through – same with the rest of the audience in my session which was about 45% guys/55% girls, there were no walkouts. It will be interesting to see the figures post the At the movies segment on Wed. I’m sure most people aren’t even aware its showing – it didn’t even come up for pre-booking at my cinema until the end of July.

  • Ephie
    Posted on August 06, 2012

    Thanks Maria! As ever you are very quick off the mark, I didn’t think the figures would be available yet.
    Oh yes, the haters are quick to judge us but the true fans that have a brain and common sense do not think he is the best actor in the world. Well, not yet anyway. We can see his potential, the talent that has not developed as yet and we believe in him.
    And this is his best performance so far at least for me. He really became Eric Packer and he carries the movie brilliantly. A positive review from Margaret and David would be a great help and could boost the BO takings. *Biting nails anxiously*

  • Michelle
    Posted on August 06, 2012

    Number 11 really is so great seeing as sadly, there has been so little promotion for the film. Such a terrible shame. Imagine the people out there who would love to see the film but they just do not know that it’s on. One thing I loved about the Hobart cinema where I saw the film was the advertising that was situated right in the middle of the cinema’s restaurant/cafe. There was a big Eric standee & also several posters situated around the place. One outside the women’s toilets actually, Eric hit me right in the face when I came in & out of the entrance – smart positioning there. Good promo for people who were at the cinema & weren’t already aware of the film but in saying that, unless you were at the cinema the advertising would not reach you.

    In regards to the walk outs, how anyone could ever walk out of Cosmopolis I will never ever understand – it just completely baffles me. How the hell you can judge a film after seeing such a small amount of it I’ll never know & why these people who walked out feel the need to tweet it for all to see, another thing that I do not understand. Clearly they just want attention & must get some sort of power feeling by spreading such negativity. Pathetic & totally their loss. Exactly Maria, what about the people who not only watched the entire movie but stayed for the entire end credits. I witnessed this with my very own eyes. There’s actually a review that I’ve just read that mentions some reactions after the film ended which I will post shortly.

    As I’ve said many times since Friday, I loved Rob’s performance, loved the film, loved all the actors, I loved everything about it. From the opening credits to the end credits I was glued to the screen, completely enthralled. I was completely taken over by Eric’s world & hung on every word that was spoken. Rob’s performance was phenomenal. No words can do him & the film justice. I cannot wait to see it again. Only wish I had the option to go again & again because that is exactly what I would do.

  • Cdl ROB-sessions
    Posted on August 06, 2012

    first of all… glad you enjoy it… ^_^ (and I felt the same way, knowing ppl were leaving and so on…)
    I saw Cosmopolis twice in June, and and can’t wait now for the dvd to be out.. and I think that the movie was awesome (so is Cronenberg… 😉 , first, for almost all his filmography, second, for casting Rob… and third, I love the way he is talking about him. I had the privilege of seeing him talking about Cosmopolis in Paris for 1 hour… and that was JUST wonderful) and of course… I think Rob is incredible. in this movie… (even if I’m not the most partial girl on earth… LOL…)
    but, here, with Cosmopolis, we are soooo far from the Twilight Saga… that’s probably why pple have some trouble to get it and Del Lillo, well, apart from being a great author, is far away from SM’s writing… 😉 (and well, of course, Eric as nothing to do with Edward )… I’m not judging… just an observation…
    in France, we had lots of cinema showing this film … probably because of Croneneberg … but also of its selection for Cannes … and the audiance was rather half man half woman (except  in the “Premiere”, where there was lot of very young girls , which in my humble opinion either did not understand or died of boredom …

    for those who havn’t seen it yet… hope you enjoy it…. as we did!
    and NOW, can’t wait for his next choices… ^____^

  • Silvie
    Posted on August 06, 2012

    Without a doubt this walking out thing really shows up the lack of intellect. Let’s not allow the few over ride the wider spectrum. Most people sat through the movie and most of the ones I saw stayed to read the credits. I don’t twitter and maybe I should just to put it out there. Absolutely no advertising yet it’s able to take $92,556 that says something. I like chatting with the ticket sellers when I buy my ticket and they all said one thing “it’s great, it’s different” and not just because they wanted to sell a ticket.

    3 people walked out when I went to see it but they gave me the impression that they misjudged how long the movie lasted. Bottom line, there have been great reviews from people who previously wouldn’t acknowledge and that’s all that counts. I’d have to say that it’s definately one of those movies that gets better the more it’s seen. Sorry, going on and on but I get mad when people don’t give things a chance.
    P.S. I’m going to see it again.

  • Maria
    Posted on August 06, 2012

    Thanks @Cdl I noticed it’s been very successful in France. I have to say I’ve always enjoyed foreign cinema far more than Hollywood films. One of my absolute fave directors is Pedro Almodovar. And I agree with everything you have said 🙂 It’s an intense film and I think the entire cast is perfect – I really did love it not just because of Rob.

  • Maria
    Posted on August 06, 2012

    I know @Lea it was like they don’t want people to know it’s on. I’m loving everyone coming on and giving their opinion. Like I said in the post – if you sat through the whole film and didn’t enjoy – that’s fair enough. I’m not bashing people into submission saying you must love it, I just can’t give credit to people saying worst film ever I walked out. One of my favourite films is Guy Pearce’s Memento – I wanted to pull my hair out during the first 20 minutes. It was tedious and repetitive, but that’s exactly how you are supposed to feel – at the end I thought they way it was filmed was clever and original. So this is why they walkouts annoy the hell out of me. And I’ll be honest – I don’t even believe half of the people who have tweeted that have even bothered to venture to see it.

  • Maria
    Posted on August 06, 2012

    Oh @Martha M – I said that to someone the other day – yeah there’s been walkouts, but how many people have bought the novel and not read past page 10. I bet there are loads.

  • Maria
    Posted on August 06, 2012

    Hey @Maria! Thanks for the input. I love that each time you see it (and yes I’ve seen it a few times, because it’s the type of film that needs multiple viewings, not just for Rob), you pick something new up.

  • Maria
    Posted on August 06, 2012

    I know @Ephie I’m biting nails too re Margaret and David. And it’s true – I don’t think Rob’s the best actor out there, but I see his potential and I too think this is his best performance to date. I said it to Vertigo – sometimes I forgot it was Rob up on the screen and I think his performance got better as the movie progressed.

  • Vertigo
    Posted on August 06, 2012

    34 venues and only 4 days down – not bad at all for a movie that no one (I know) has heard of until I bring it up and people have no idea it’s playing, even when they are standing smack bang in the middle of the cinema.

    Those who walked out, it’s their loss right. Why they can’t handle such beauty or don’t allow themselves to indulge in a curiosity for life or the unknown? I have absolutely no idea.
    Why not just take the opportunity to enjoy a nap, or partake in a little escapism and then maybe, just maybe if they keep their eyes open, sometimes they might find surprise as Maria pointed out with Memento.
    I’ve also chosen not to listen to these walkout know it all’s – if only they didn’t feel the need to spread poison on things they know nothing about. Get your money’s worth peoples! LOL

    So now we wait for Margaret and David O_O

  • Ephie
    Posted on August 06, 2012

    Great to see that the movie was very succesful in France which doesn’t surprise me. Their idea of cinema is very very different from that of Hollywood. I think this is true of many countries in Europe where they like movies that provoke debate and the audience to think….they also love to follow the work of certain directors regardless of who is in the movie.

    I agree with what a lot of you have said here, how could anyone walk out is beyond me. The movie is intriguing it makes you want to find out what will happen to Eric on this crazy out of control day. Their loss for sure!!! They missed the best scene which is right at the end. I agree with you @maria, Rob’s acting got better as the movie progressed. I guess that’s a reflection of him really “becoming” Eric and feeling more confident under the guidance of DC.

  • Carmel
    Posted on August 06, 2012

    I don’t get walking out on any movie. You’ve paid your money, you have the time. You might as well sit through it and see what unfolds. Unless there was something really offensive on the screen and I don’t think Cosmo had that. The walkouts perplex me. I’m not going to worry about them. Their loss entirely. I doubt DC would care either.
    Cosmopolis sitting just out of the top ten is pretty great I think. With zero promo and as Maria pointed out, the Olympics. Especially as men seem to be the DC devotees. I know I’m generalising.
    As I have said, I had mostly men at my viewing and everyone stayed till the end credits.

    @Michelle – ‘ Eric standee’ OMG!!!!!! 🙂

  • Michelle
    Posted on August 06, 2012

    Absolutely Ephie, imagine leaving & missing out on the Eric & Benno scene – I don’t even want to think about that. Crazy crazy people. Everyone involved with this movie deserves all the praise in the world. I cannot wait for the day when Rob & David work together again. What a beautiful team they make.

  • Cdl ROB-sessions
    Posted on August 06, 2012

    Ooh… Almodovar is great… my fav. ever so far is “Talons aiguilles” (don’t know the title in English, but in Spanich, it is “Tacones Lejanos”…) and almost all his films with Victoria Abril… and yep, you’re right, I think like you… European cinema is most of the time at the exact opposite of the Hollywood films… LOL …

    and about the walkout, I agree with @Carmel… I quite don’t understand how you can leave in the first half of the film (without giving it a chance) … especially, if you don’t know what it is about… you need to get in (?) the movie/ambiance… and the thing I love afterwards, is reading once again the book… Cronenberg kept almost all the dialogues… so while reading you can picture all the movie… again… on your head…. ^_^
    and even if I love Rob, I was far more excited with him in “Cosmopolis” than for ex. him in “Bel Ami” (I did like it, but not love it… 😉 )

  • Sue
    Posted on August 06, 2012

    An “Eric standee”? Seriously, Hobart ……. you did good!

    @Carolyn ….. I’ve been trying to decide whether to take hubby along to a viewing or not, but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, after reading your comment. I’ll let you know how it goes! *fingers crossed*

  • Trish
    Posted on August 06, 2012

    Sue, I took my partner to see it and his comment was “that was one of the best films I’ve ever seen”. Incidentally, he’s into ‘thinking’ movies – stuff that does your brain in and makes you think, not mindless action/explosions/beatings. If your hubby has an open mind (and you can control your drooling while watching Rob) he might well like it.
    I had two walk-outs during the session I went to – the funny thing was, these two women sat through about half an hour of trailers for the type of mindless bang/crash shit that passes for cinema today. These two stupid women sat quietly soaking up the ads and crap but obviously decided the movie they came to see just wasn’t ‘instant’ enough gratification. A sign of the times, I think. (And ironic when you think about it in view of this film!).
    With the way things are going for Cosmopolis, it has the makings of a cult hit – a handful of passionate devotees (and not just Rob fans) that will see this film go down in the annals of film history. Looks like word of mouth is going to be it’s best advertising and ain’t that better than all the hype and hoopla that disguises the type of stupid ‘entertainment’ that seems to pull in the cash? You heard it hear first, folks.

  • Jules
    Posted on August 07, 2012

    *applauding your post Maria* Absolutley loved it – thank you from the bottom of my heart! I honestly could not understand the people who walked out at screenings I went to and then to anyone practically going out of their way to let people know they did that? Bleh. Get over yourselves. o.O Absolutely agree with you all – it’s a totally different movie experience from most out there and certainly from the usual Hollywood fodder and his powerfully magnetic performance has you hooked from beginning to end – and WHAT an end. The frustrating thing for me is reading everyone’s excitement after having seen it a couple months ago – I am more desperate than ever to own that bluray and witness the magic all over again!!

    @Sue – LOL good luck with hubby viewing. 🙂

    @Michelle – wow, I love the sound of Hobart’s cinema….did you attempt to smuggle that Eric out of there *wink* Not that I would encourage that kind of thing….*ahem*

  • Michelle
    Posted on August 07, 2012

    *giggles* @Jules, the thought of smuggling Eric out MAY have crossed my mind *whistles* Then there was the problem of how to fit him in the car to transport him back home *sigh* I so would have managed though hehe.

  • Jules
    Posted on August 07, 2012

    @Michelle hahaha I am now picturing Eric’s head sticking out the car window as you drive off with him into the sunset 😉

    @Trish….wonderful comment too 🙂 I freaking love this place!!!! *group hug*

  • Michelle
    Posted on August 07, 2012

    Driving off with Eric into the sunset – LOVE that visual Jules 😀

  • Sue
    Posted on August 07, 2012

    Thanks @Trish ~ let’s see how mine compares to yours and Carolyn’s enlightened, intelligent, thoughtful husbands ….. I’ll attempt to keep my drooling to a minimum, to give him a fair go! It might just be worth it to watch him squirm through the prostate exam LOL!

  • Elaine
    Posted on August 07, 2012

    @Sue my hubby came along also and enjoyed the movie – actually said for Rob it was a bold move and was impressed with him as an actor.

    @Michelle OK I went to visuals about “standee” Eric and a limo ride from the cinema – you would have been able to fit him in then 😉 he could have been yours.

  • barbara
    Posted on August 13, 2012

    Margaret Pomeranze and and David stratton said they haven’t read the Cosmopolis book.I find these two “critics” rather pompous. some of the movies they gush about often have me scratching my head in disbelief. Sadly we will not be seeing the movie in Coffs Harbour I must wait untill the dvd is released.Rob has been praised for his acting in this movie, he really is a very talented actor.

  • Maria
    Posted on August 13, 2012

    @barbara people have praised Rob’s acting – some have dissed it. I think it’s his best performance to date because sometimes you see his mannerisms come through in other roles, but here … sometimes I had to remind myself it was actually Rob.

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