“Promised Land” got major backing from a subsidiary of the United Arab Emirates. Mideast oil interests are disinclined to view with favor the natural gas boom made possible by fracking, the most exciting development so far toward modern-era North American energy independence.
“Promised Land” plays well in the salons of environmentalists. It isn't playing well in theaters. The movie will recover its modest production budget (estimated at $15 million) but will likely hit a dry hole in terms of overall costs, including the marketing.
In the space of three days, America's most vocal environmentalist has taken the money and run and a piece of environmental agitprop has failed to take in much money.