Blackfish, the Oscar-winning documentary about the near-death experiences of the animal in captivity, made around $58 million at the domestic box office but has been tainted by fake reviews and accusations that it has poisoned the well.
Millions of people have seen the film about orca whales in captivity on the painful journey to the truth. Blackfish makes some uncomfortable viewing for SeaWorld and use of Tilikum - to the brink of death in a number of failed attempts to kill him - as the dramatic turning point of the film.
The results from the first survey suggest that Blackfish the film has struck a successful chord with the public, with one in four Americans saying they have seen the film and it has made them more likely to visit SeaWorld - and others are likely to see its dramatic conclusion
The film is 'outrageous', exclaims SeaWorld CEO Jim Atchison. Is he worried that a film that just a year ago had the SeaWorld managing director as one of its stars - and made money of a similar amount to Blackfish - could hurt the company? What to do, what to do? 7211a4ac4a