Politically-charged film failures -- Analyzing the box office disappointments of ''The Kingdom,'' ''Rendition,'' ''In the Valley of Elah,'' ''Lions for Lambs,'' and ''A Mighty Heart''

By Jeff Labrecque
Updated December 14, 2007 at 05:00 AM EST

A Mighty Heart

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It’s been a hard season for political-minded movies at the box office. Here’s a look at the walking wounded.

The Kingdom
Director Peter Berg flexed his inner Bruckheimer with this thriller about an elite FBI unit sent to Saudi Arabia. The most successful of the bunch.
GROSS: $47.5m

Standard op-ed talking points such as deportation and torture are apparently no sexier when they feature Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal in leading roles.
GROSS: $9.7m

In the Valley of Elah
Audiences failed to materialize for Paul Haggis’ critically lauded drama about a father (Tommy Lee Jones) investigating the mystery behind his GI son’s death.
GROSS: $6.8m

Lions for Lambs
Even a dream team of Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, and Robert Redford couldn’t salvage this talkathon about neoconservatism and the mainstream media.
GROSS: $14.8m

A Mighty Heart
Though Angelina Jolie won raves as slain reporter Daniel Pearl’s pregnant wife, Mariane, the grim real-life story lost summer filmgoers to more frivolous fare.
GROSS: $9.2m

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A Mighty Heart

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