‘The Birth of a Nation’ tanks at the box office, cancel that awards campaign
LOS ANGELES — Add “box office flop” to the pile of problems for The Birth of a Nation and whatever awards prospects Nate Parker and Fox Searchlight may yet have harbored before the weekend.
Those hopes, however feeble, have flown.
As of Friday, the Sundance phenom-turned-cultural flashpoint had one last chance at redemption: Moviegoers, whose capacity for forgiveness — or separation of art from artist at least — could’ve put Nate Parker’s movie back on track with a strong showing at the box office.
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