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'Behind the Candelabra' Was HBO's Most-Watched Film Title in Nearly 10 Years

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HBO's Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra rated very well, EW reports:

The Steven Soderbergh film delivered 2.4 million viewers in its first airing, making it the most-watched HBO Film title in almost a decade (since 2004′s Something the Lord Made). Across two Sunday plays, Candelabra totaled 3.5 million viewers. The performance is especially impressive coming on Memorial Day weekend, when TV viewing levels typically decline several percent. Compare Candelabra‘s performance to HBO’s previous recent record-settter Game Change, which had 2.1 million viewers for its Saturday night debut last year.

Yet Candelabra, as I noted earlier today, was "too gay" for the big screen, according to director Steven Soderbergh:

"Nobody would make it. We went to everybody in town," the "Traffic" and "Ocean's 11" director told TheWrap on Friday, at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. "We needed $5 million. Nobody would do it."

Wait a minute, we said. Let us get this straight: No studio would budget $5 million for a movie with Damon and Douglas?

"They said it was too gay. Everybody. This was after 'Brokeback Mountain,' by the way. Which is not as funny as this movie. I was stunned. It made no sense to any of us."

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  1. So less than 1% of the American public saw this. How earth-shattering....not.

    Soderbergh's difficulty in getting funding from liberal Hollywood proves what I've said all along: liberals privately find male homosexuality repulsive. Their words of support are fake, their consciences congealed.

    Posted by: Brent | May 28, 2013 9:41:44 PM


  2. So less than 1% of the American public saw this. How earth-shattering....not.

    Soderbergh's difficulty in getting funding from liberal Hollywood proves what I've said all along: liberals privately find male homosexuality repulsive. Their words of support are fake, their consciences congealed.

    Posted by: Brent | May 28, 2013 9:41:46 PM


  3. Get bent Brent.

    Posted by: Paulie | May 28, 2013 9:51:54 PM


  4. Sorry you were born too late Brent. You can become a wedding planner. This film tells me that there is a big market for my screenplay.

    Posted by: GB | May 28, 2013 10:06:24 PM


  5. LMAO, did you even bother to read all of this post? It was the most watched HBO movie since 2004!

    Posted by: Chris | May 28, 2013 10:10:39 PM


  6. I was glad it was on HBO. I think it reached a whole lot more people, including me, who would not have spent the time and money to go to a movie theater to see it.

    Posted by: Ny Larson | May 28, 2013 10:34:25 PM


  7. The reason straight guys go eww or lash out at the sight of two men kissing is because it's designed to protect them from their own lustful impulses.

    How can a straight guy feel lustful impulses at the sight of two men kissing? Easy. In all men - and admittedly in some men more than others - libido can over-ride orientation. Libido can cause a man to do anything in the name of gratification, even dangerous things like auto-asphyxiation.

    Posted by: Brent | May 28, 2013 10:54:18 PM


  8. It was a much better fit with HBO than trying to compete with Fast and Furious 6 or whatever on the big screen. TV isn't really a downgrade these days. This isn't a problem.

    Jason, instead of making the same inane comment about liberals in Hollywood year after year, why don't you point us to the gay-male-themed entertainment conservatives are churning out?

    Posted by: Ernie | May 28, 2013 11:00:44 PM


  9. @Ernie
    BINGO.

    And seriously, 2.1 million people in movie theaters, even at $10 a whack, is not the sign of a good opening weekend on a film that would make $100 million domestic box office. That last number there? That's the one that the studios care about.

    Posted by: Jerry | May 28, 2013 11:09:32 PM


  10. TV is arguably more prestigious these days. Breaking Bad and Homeland are far more compelling and well written than Argo or Zero Dark Thirty.

    Posted by: Gregoire | May 28, 2013 11:18:05 PM


  11. Yes, ironic. But the best television is often better than the best movies, and commonly better than the common movie. I think HBO was a good fit, and it all worked out for the best.

    BTW, I don't think it was a great movie - but an enjoyable one that I'm glad I saw.

    Posted by: Zlick | May 28, 2013 11:49:18 PM


  12. 3.5 mil viewers x $10 = $35 mil in earnings on a $5 mil budget if all the viewers went and paid for a ticket (not likely.) Marketing will push the actual budget cost to $10 mil (if done right) and considering the content, you're looking only at art house theaters showing the pic. So at least 20-25% is going to the theater of box office take. Now you're looking at $26 mil studio earnings on a $10 mil budget. I'd expect a drop of 40% in viewers just due to accessibility (those art house theaters aren't located everywhere!) So maybe the studio would earn $5 mil if lucky.

    Not a horrible gamble but if you look at HBO's costs and viewership, there's a much better chance of earnings (low internal cost and marketing, better viewer accessibility) plus they're after-broadcast distribution channels has a better potential of longer term earnings. Overall a much better choice to go with HBO.

    Posted by: Unruly | May 29, 2013 12:32:47 AM


  13. I like hbo taking on gay themes but this was kind of icky and boring. lot's of curious viewers though, which makes it seem likely they'll go for others. i'm all for watching two passionate men just not Liberace. Yuck. Would rather see the outs on hbo.

    Posted by: m | May 29, 2013 12:58:09 AM


  14. It was wise of them to put this on cable and HBO. Smart move. Though I still would need a bottle of bourbon and some weed to get through watching it.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 29, 2013 1:52:07 PM


  15. I found it enormous fun and oddly touching. It's being released theatrically world wide and should clean up big time.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 30, 2013 4:38:47 PM


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