America’s never been a place to let harsh realities get in the way of a good time. When a film gets pushed back due to real-life events, it’s normally a proactive move by the studio, not because of public outcry. However, the protests and violence in Ferguson, Missouri happened so close to the unfortunately-named Let’s Be Cops, that there wasn’t time to do much of anything. The film was released on Wednesday, and has done pretty well for itself.
How well? It’s hard to say, but it’s looking like a $25 million opening weekend for a lowbudget comedy starring two emerging stars. Not bad.
My guess is, if this thing performs well this weekend, FOX will send some folks to Ferguson and get this whole situation straightened out so that we don’t see fall-off in the second weekend.