2016 movie box office: No. 1 ‘worldwide’ 2012 documentary by Sunday evening?
2016 Obama’s America, Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan’s anti-Obama documentary that has been embraced by the American Right, lambasted by the White House, and criticized for its factual inaccuracies and flights of fancy, is 2012′s top non-fiction film at the North American box office. (Photo: U.S. president Barack Obama, 2016 movie.)
With a domestic cume of $30.6 million as of Tuesday, Sept. 18 (source: Box Office Mojo), D’Souza and Sullivan’s 2016 movie has also surpassed the inflation-adjusted take of recent documentaries directed by liberals: Michael Moore’s Sicko (inflation-adjusted $28.6m) and Bowling for Columbine ($29.44 million), and Davis Guggenheim’s Oscar-winning, Al Gore-inspired An Inconvenient Truth ($29.56m). Is "world domination" next?
2016 Obama’s America to beat Katy Perry concert doc
Well, "world domination" lies beyond reach, but by Sunday evening Katy Perry will likely pass on the "worldwide box office" crown to 2016 Obama’s America. Before the weekend is over, the 2016 movie should outgross Katy Perry: Part of Me‘s $31.91 million to become the most successful 2012 non-fiction film at the global box office.
2016 Obama’s America, of course, has absolutely no international following. It was made for and targeted to the American Right. Even so, the film’s North American box-office performance has been strong enough to ultimately ensure the 2016 movie the top spot worldwide.
2016 Movie still trailing ‘liberal docs’ at worldwide box office
Now, bear in mind that 2016 Obama’s America remains way behind Sicko, Bowling for Columbine, and An Inconvenient Truth at the worldwide box office, especially if inflation is taken into account. On the inflation-adjusted domestic front, the 2016 movie is trailing only four post-1982 documentaries (though pre-1995 data is spotty): Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, with approx. $154 million, Luc Jacquet’s March of the Penguins with $97 million, Jon Chu’s Justin Bieber: Never Say Never with $74.5 million, and Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield’s Earth with $35.8m.
Before the end of its run, 2016 Obama’s America may also outgross Earth in North America. Admittedly, that seems less likely now than only a few days ago, as on weekdays the 2016 movie has been grossing less than $300k per day and that figure is likely to go down sharply next week. Why? Because 2016 Obama’s America, whose per-theater averages have been mediocre (a paltry $1,060 last weekend), is inevitably about to lose another large chunk of theaters.
And finally, as I’ve explained before, Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 remains beyond 2016 Obama’s America‘s reach in every which way, whether you factor in 2004 ticket prices, number of theaters showing each film, the American economy’s up and downs, changes in the Earth’s axis, earthquakes patterns, lunar tides, and the like. [See also: "2016 movie vs. Fahrenheit 9/11," "2016 movie vs. Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11: NO Comparison."]
Not including marketing / distribution expenses, 2016 Obama’s America was budgeted at a reported $2.1-$2.5m.
Barack Obama 2016 Obama’s America: Rocky Mountain Pictures.