Expanding nationwide August 24, a controversial new film, entitled 2016: Obama’s America, is already the No. 2 grossing documentary this year, raking in a remarkable $1.2 million the weekend starting August 17 for a total gross of $2 million. Upping its theater count last weekend from 61 to 169, the film is already the No. 12 grossing political documentary of all time. However, its rank is likely to climb higher as Obama’s America, which is co-directed by conservative scholar Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan — and produced by Academy Award winner Gerald Molen — will be showing in 1,075 theaters as of August 24.
Many Hollywood critics were shocked by the movie’s success at theaters such as the Regal Union Square Stadium 14 in lower Manhattan, located in a very liberal area where films like Michael Moore’s Sicko and Capitalism: A Love Story have done remarkably well. Obama’s America was ranked the No. 3 film of the weekend, only behind Total Recall and The Dark Night, at Union Square, prompting some people to joke that moviegoers must have mistaken the film for a pro-Obama documentary.
"I think the reason why the film is doing so well is threefold — we've expanded into good markets, we've been advertising nationally for two weeks on talk radio and television news channels including Fox News Channel, A&E, the History Channel and MSNBC," Sullivan told The Hollywood Reporter.
Based largely on his acclaimed 2010 book, The Roots of Obama’s Rage, D’Souza hones in on the president’s autobiography, Dreams From My Father, presenting a theory that Obama’s political ideology stems from his past experiences and his father’s “anticolonial” values. Moreover, the documentary illustrates a damning picture of a second Obama presidency, posing the question, “If Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016?” The official synopsis reads, in part:
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