The Adventures Of Tintin is FINALLY out in the US. For the length of its production nearly ever article about it has basically come down to "yes, but will it play in America, where no one has ever heard of Tintin?" So my question to all yall is, have you ever heard of Tintin? Because my experience seems to be unique.
Yesterday I returned from visiting a friend in Chicago. We were both excited about Tintin so on account of my leaving the morning of release we went to a midnight screening Tuesday. He had read a bunch of the books, I watched the series that ran on HBO. I thought Tintin's obscurity in the US had been exaggerated. There were seven other people in the theater. And just to be clear this was a huge downtown AMC, not out in the suburbs somewhere.
When I returned I went to a smallish indie bookstore with the intention of buying a book or two. Surely with the movieout there's some cross promotion going on? All they had was an art of the movie book. I walked down the street to a detective/mystery book store. Yeah, that's a thing. I ask about Tintin and am greeted with overwhelming condescension. "This is a detective book store. No dogs allowed." ARGH.
The movie only did $2 mil yesterday. This morning I caught The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (meh) at a 20 screen megaplex. It was on three screens to Tintin's four. Which I assume were all mostly empty. So what's the deal here, is it just me? Has no one in this nation ever heard of Tintin?