Paramount Classics announced today that “An Inconvenient Truth�? has grossed over $20 million dollars, making it the #4 highest grossing documentary of all time. As part of the campaign to encourage audiences to see “An Inconvenient Truth,�? Classics made an unprecedented pledge of 5% of all box office receipts to be donated to The Alliance for Climate Protection. With the success of the film, that donation will exceed $1 million dollars.
“We are enormously grateful for Paramount Classics’ contribution to the work of the Alliance,�? said Larry Schweiger, President Co-Chair, Alliance for Climate Protection. “Reaching the $20 million threshold is phenomenal for a documentary film on climate change, a monumental tribute to Al Gore’s vision and tireless work on this issue, and to Paramount Classics and Participant Productions for their courage in producing this important film and bringing it to millions of Americans who are learning the truth about global warming.”
“It has been thrilling to watch this important movie become a grassroots phenomenon,�? said Paramount Classics President John Lesher. “People are buying group tickets to see the film and having discussion groups afterwards to talk about the lessons learned from the movie. Audiences who love the film are purchasing tickets for those who are still skeptical about the issue. And major corporations have bought tickets for their employees; it is pretty incredible.�?
“We are thrilled that our documentary, ‘An Inconvenient Truth,’ has reached this milestone,�? said Jeff Skoll, Chairman and CEO of Participant Productions. “Equally important has been the incredible response to the film’s social action campaign, which has inspired people across the country to take individual action and make a difference in their own communities.”
“An Inconvenient Truth,” was produced by Participant Productions, which had previously pledged to contribute all of their profits to the Alliance, and was acquired by Paramount Classics at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. The film opened in New York and Los Angeles on May 24.
The Alliance for Climate Protection will also receive 100% of Al Gore’s proceeds from the film and the companion book “An Inconvenient Truth�? (Rodale), a pledge he made prior to release.