I don't know. I have to search for possible explanations. My sense is that there's a big market for Ayn Rand material, and has been as long as her stuff's been in print. If it isn't in a lot of theaters, I suspect that it may not be well publicized, may not have good actors in key roles so that distributors don't think it's bankable, or may simply be a bad film of an entertaining perennial bestseller. I mentioned before that it's a tough book to film, and I have to stick by that as well.
I mean, what would be the plot that you'd want to shrink down to — at the most — maybe two hours of viewing time? The vanishing titans of industry part of things would need that much all by itself to unfold in an interesting way for me, and people simply don't have the patience to sit through that sort of thing these days.
The solution would be to break it into a trilogy, but you can see they haven't done that, so it's going to be choppy, and you're not going to have a way of getting the exposition in without breaking up the plot unbearably.
I suspect that's the reason for opening in so few theaters. When you see it, let me know. I suspect, though, that you'd better act quickly or it'll be gone without a trace. The economics of the thing won't let them keep it around unless it takes off big-time, and if they don't keep it around, you won't get a chance to see it on the big screen. You need to examine your own feelings here about why you aren't rushing in to see it, I think, not because your feelings are off base but because your feelings on the matter may be much the same as other people's on this, and they may give you some clue as to what's going on in the Ayn Rand community at large about the film version. There have got to be a lot of folks in your position, and they'll be the ones who make or break the movie by voting with their feet and their ticket sales. There will be something that brings you in or keeps you out and it's likely to have something in common with the thoughts of your fellows.
Is there, or maybe not?
Make it clear, Balladeer!