Why are violent movies shown more than others?

April 8, 2012 at 9:03 p.m.
Updated April 7, 2012 at 11:08 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

What is going on here?

The number one movie for the week of March 30 to April 1 was "The Hunger Games." It is a very popular three-volume book series in which twenty-four teenagers are chosen to go out and kill each other with knives, swords and bow and arrows. Just what our teenagers need to see, right? The best part of the movie was the credits, but no one else stayed to watch them. "The Hunger Games" was shown in 4,137 theaters.

"October Baby," an inspiring film of love and forgiveness came in 8th at the box office for the week, but it was only shown in 387 theaters. It would probably have come in first had it been allowed in the four thousand theaters like "The Hunger Games." So why is it not shown? Some websites show the top ten, but number eight is missing. Why? Very weird.

If this was an isolated incident, I wouldn't think anything of it, but it's a pattern. Before this was the movie "Courageous," a very good film about fatherhood. But it, too, was only shown in a limited number of theaters and for a limited time. And before that was "Fireproof," and there was "The Way" and "Theresa" and ... The point is that the good movies that our society needs to see are not being shown widely. Why? You would think that the investors would be up in arms or that the Catholics or Protestants would be demanding equality, but nothing is said. So, what is going on here?

Laszlo Nemes, Victoria



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