2016 Obama’s America box office plummets, but 2016 movie is now the no. 1 2012 documentary ‘worldwide’
This weekend, Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan’s anti-Obama documentary 2016 Obama’s America was down nearly as steeply as Mitt Romney’s popularity following his "47%" remarks. Even so, based on Box Office Mojo‘s worldwide chart for 2012, the 2016 movie is now the year’s highest-grossing non-fiction film globally. (Photo: Barack Obama 2016 Obama’s America.)
As I’d predicted a week ago, 2016 Obama’s America was down sharply this weekend — an estimated 54% — after losing 660 venues. Yet, with an estimated domestic cume of $32 million as of Sunday, Sept. 23, D’Souza and Sullivan’s 2016 movie has now (slightly) outgrossed the Katy Perry concert movie Katy Perry: Part of Me — cume: $31.91 million — to become the most successful 2012 non-fiction film at the global box office. (We’ll get confirmation of that feat once weekend domestic box-office actuals are released on Monday.)
2016 Obama’s America tops ‘Worldwide’ chart — without any international following
As I’ve explained in previous posts, 2016 Obama’s America has absolutely no international following. After all, most people outside the United States have never heard of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, and couldn’t care less whether or not Barack Obama is an anti-colonialist like his absentee father (and like the United States’ "Founding Fathers"). In fact, D’Souza and Sullivan’s 2016 movie was made for and targeted to the American Right. Having said that, the film’s North American box-office performance has been strong enough to ensure it the top spot for a 2012 documentary "worldwide."
Now, expect 2016 Obama’s America‘s box-office take to plummet once again next weekend, as the 2016 movie’s per-theater average this weekend was a paltry $755 at 1,216 locations. If that pattern continues, chances are 2016 Obama’s America will fail to reach $35 million, a milestone some had predicted was within the film’s reach at the time of its successful first expansion a month ago. We’ll find out in a couple of weeks.
Either way, 2016 Obama’s America is an undeniable success, and one of the year’s sleeper hits — especially considering the film’s reported $2.1-$2.5 million production budget (not including marketing / distribution expenses, which, according to reports, didn’t reach $1m).
Barack Obama 2016 Obama’s America: Rocky Mountain Pictures.