Global warming films flop at box office in 2017

Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” didn’t come anywhere near the success of “An Inconvenient Truth” massive media attention, mostly fawning reviews and promotion from eco-conscious stars such as Paul McCartney, Bono and Pharrell Williams. (Associated Press/File)

Climate change got its close-up in 2017. A gaggle of films either name-checked Al Gore’s biggest fear or built their narratives around it. The timing, in theory, couldn’t be better for Hollywood bean counters: Three major hurricanes. Massive fires in the West. Record-setting chills. Media reports routinely connected the disasters with a warming planet. Yet audiences…