By Kyle | October 17, 2008
From Dirty Harry: High-end estimates have the $55 million picture “W.” grossing $12 million this weekend, or maybe as low as $5 million. I can’t picture it cracking $10 million but I expect it will do well in France, where politics and entertainment don’t have the same division they do here. (Picture an entire country with the same taste as New York City.) The film really is only pitched to the most liberal one-fourth of the country, and even in that sector, I expect more people are tired of President Bush than eager to razz him with the kinds of sketches that they can see for free on the Daily Show or “SNL.” Word of mouth is going to be poor also, because the film largely avoids spinning outrageous conspiracy theories like “Fahrenheit 9/11,” a movie that, I remind you, implies that the Bush administration knew about or carried out 9/11 because its approval ratings were falling and it needed something to bring them back up.