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Barack Obama Movie '2016': NOT 2nd Most Successful Political Documentary Ever

2016 Obama's America

Barack Obama movie '2016' about to end its run

Oct. 6, '12, update: 2016 Obama's America is on its last legs at the domestic box office. Despite recent claims of an “organized misinformation campaign” against Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan's anti-Obama documentary – a strategy that could have raised the film's box office profile – last weekend the 2016 movie suffered its steepest drop to date, 56 percent, after losing 641 venues.

At 575 sites, 2016 Obama's America scored a paltry $411,929 over the Sept. 28-30 weekend, averaging only $716 per theater according to Box Office Mojo. Such low numbers mean further downsizing this weekend. And that means the 2016 movie, currently with an estimated $32.94 million and to be released on DVD on October 16, will likely end its box office run with less than $34 million.

In other words, D'Souza and Sullivan's 2016 movie will fail to reach $35 million, a figure some had predicted was within the film's reach at the time of its tremendously successful first expansion in early August.

Of course, $33 million and change is not bad at all for a movie that, if reports are to be believed, cost $2.1-$2.5 million to produce and less than $1 million to promote. Also, as discussed in several of my previous 2016 Obama's America box office pieces, according to Box Office Mojo's worldwide chart, the 2016 movie is 2012's highest-grossing non-fiction film globally – even though the documentary has been screened only in North America.

On the downside, the highly probable fact that 2016 Obama's America will finish its run with less than $35 million means there's absolutely no chance the 2016 movie will become the second highest-grossing political documentary in history. Keep reading.

2016 Movie worldwide box office: Far behind 'liberal' docs

As mentioned before on this site, even after 2016 Obama's America surpassed at the domestic box office the Al Gore-inspired global-warming documentary An Inconvenient Truth, and Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine and Sicko, the 2016 movie remained far behind its “liberal” counterparts at the worldwide box office, especially if inflation were to be taken into account.

In North America, once inflation is factored in (so we can have a better idea about actual ticket sales), 2016 Obama's America is trailing only four post-1982 documentaries according to Box Office Mojo (though that site's pre-1995 data is spotty and a number of IMAX docs aren't included on the chart): 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 $35.8 million. One could also add Everest with $132.94 million, Mysteries of Egypt with $63.34 million, and a handful of others. [See also: “2016 movie vs. Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11: NO Comparison.”]

Unfortunately, worldwide box office data for non-fiction films is spotty at Box Office Mojo and all but nonexistent elsewhere. Having said that, here are the worldwide totals (not adjusted for inflation; in some cases incomplete) of the aforementioned six documentaries: Fahrenheit 9/11, $222.44m; March of the Penguins, $127.39m; Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, $98.44m; Earth, $108.97m; Everest, $127.99m; and Mysteries of Egypt, $44.7 million. As you can see, 2016 Obama's America will never get even remotely close to most of those, and it'll end its run quite a bit behind Mysteries of Egypt as well.

But what about political documentaries? Well, even without taking inflation into account, 2016 Obama's America will ultimately find itself trailing not only Fahrenheit 9/11's worldwide take of $222.44 million, but also Bowling for Columbine's $58 million and An Inconvenient Truth's $49.75 million. In addition, it'll be a little behind Sicko's $36.08 million. Once inflation is factored in, even Sicko, with more than $40m, will remain some ways ahead of the 2016 movie.

Remember, if you say that 2016 Obama's America is the second highest-grossing political documentary in history, you'll be dead wrong. In order for your statement to be correct (assuming that history began in 1982, and that Box Office Mojo's “all-time” documentary chart is complete and accurate), you'll need to add the following qualifier: “in the United States.”

2016 movie image: Rocky Mountain Pictures.

Sept. 23

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. (Image: 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 percent – 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.

Sept. 20

2016 movie Barack Obama2016 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. (Image: U.S. president Barack Obama, 2016 movie.)

With a domestic cume of $30.6 million as of Tuesday, Sept. 18, 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 ($29.56 million). 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 $35.8 million.

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 $300,000 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.

Not including marketing / distribution expenses, 2016 Obama's America was budgeted at a reported $2.1-$2.5 million.

Barack Obama 2016 Obama's America: Rocky Mountain Pictures.

Sept. 16

2016 Obama's America movie Barack Obama2016 Obama's America movie box office: Anti-Obama movie is 2012's highest-grossing documentary, surpasses Michael Moore, Al Gore docs

2016 Obama's America, Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan's anti-Obama documentary that has been embraced by the American Right, has now truly surpassed 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) at the North American box office. Earlier claims that the 2016 movie was ahead of its “left-wing” counterparts were based on inflated 2012 movie-ticket prices. (Image: U.S. president Barack Obama 2016 Obama's America.)

Also, with a cume of $30.08 million 2016 Obama's America is now officially the highest-grossing documentary on the 2012 North American box office chart, having just outgrossed Chimpanzee's $28.97 million. The 2016 movie reached its current total after adding $2.03 million this weekend (Sept. 14-16), according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo.

2016 movie gone from top twelve box office chart?

At no. 13 on the domestic box office chart, 2016 Obama's America is gone from the top twelve after four weekends in wide release. Well, unless that is, either Rocky Mountain Pictures underestimated the 2016 movie's weekend gross and/or Roadside Attractions overestimated Arbitrage's box office take at 197 locations. The gap between the Richard Gere drama and 2016 Obama's America is a mere $39,000.

Having lost 141 venues – this past week, I'd predicted a “theater contraction” – and if studio estimates are accurate, 2016 Obama's America was down 39 percent compared to the previous weekend. The 2016 movie's per-theater average was a meager $1,083, which in all likelihood means a more dramatic reduction in the number of theaters next weekend.

2016 Obama's America to become 2012's most successful documentary at 'worldwide' box office

Also worth noting is that within week or so (a few days later than I'd predicted last week), 2016 Obama's America will likely surpass Katy Perry: Part of Me's $31.91 million to become the most successful 2012 non-fiction film at the worldwide box office. The 2016 movie, of course, has no international audience. But its North American box office performance has been strong enough to ensure that feat.

Now, worldwide, of course, 2016 Obama's America remains way behind Sicko, Bowling for Columbine, and An Inconvenient Truth. The gap between the right-wing documentary and its “liberal” counterparts widens even more if inflation is taken into account. Needless to say, Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 remains totally beyond reach in every which way, whether you factor in 2004 ticket prices, the world economy, lunar tides, and the like.

Not including marketing / distribution expenses, 2016 Obama's America was budgeted at a reported $2.1-$2.5 million.

Dinesh D'Souza and George Obama (Barack Obama's half-brother) in 2016 Obama's America: Rocky Mountain Pictures.

Sept. 13

2016 movie Dinesh D'Souza George Obama Barack brother2016 Obama's America still trailing Michael Moore, Al Gore docs in North America - for now

Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan's documentary 2016 Obama's America has already outgrossed the concert movie Katy Perry: Part of Me to become the second biggest non-fiction moneymaker released in North America in 2012. By Sunday evening, D'Souza and Sullivan's 2016 movie should also be ahead of Chimpanzee ($28.97m) to become the year's no. 1 documentary in the U.S. and Canada. According to Box Office Mojo, the film's current cume is an estimated $27.66 million. (Image: Dinesh D'Souza and Barack Obama's half-brother George Obama in Kenya: 2016 Obama's America.)

Worldwide, 2016 Obama's America – a 100 percent domestic box office hit like, say, the Tyler Perry movies – continues to trail not only Chimpanzee (another domestic-only release), but also Katy Perry: Part of Me. With $31.91 million, the Katy Perry concert movie is the no. 1 2012 non-fiction hit globally, followed by Chimpanzee and the 2016 movie, both with only their domestic cumes. Needless to say, the 2016 movie will surpass Chimpanzee by Sunday; it'll likely surpass Katy Perry: Part of Me within the next ten days or so.

2016 Obama movie trailing 1991 Madonna movie: inflation-adjusted box office chart

As per numerous box office reports, as the sixth biggest non-fiction film ever (or rather, since 1982) in North America, 2016 Obama's America has beaten every Michael Moore documentary except for Fahrenheit 9/11, as well as Davis Guggenheim's Oscar-winning, Al Gore-inspired An Inconvenient Truth. Those reports, however, fail to take a key box office element into account: inflation, which affects movies made by progressives, reactionaries, left-wingers, and right-wingers.

Once inflation is factored in, D'Souza and Sullivan's 2016 movie is the no. 10 documentary at the domestic box office since 1982. (Note: Box Office Mojo's documentary data for the '80s and early '90s is spotty at best.) Placed right behind Madonna: Truth or Dare ($28.59m) on the inflation-adjusted chart, the anti-Obama doc is also trailing Michael Moore's Sicko ($28.6m) and his Oscar-winning Bowling for Columbine ($29.44 million), in addition to Guggenheim's global-warming treatise An Inconvenient Truth ($29.56m).

Domestic box office: 2016 Obama's America no. 4 doc 'ever' by Sunday evening?

Quite possibly, by Sunday evening the 2016 movie will have surpassed all but four documentaries at the U.S. and Canada (inflation-adjusted) box office: 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 $35.8 million. Before the end of its run, 2016 Obama's America may also outgross Earth in North America. Though not guaranteed, that's certainly a possibility.

Now, the all-time worldwide box office chart for non-fiction films would look quite different. Unfortunately, global box office data for documentaries is spotty even at Box Office Mojo, but here are the worldwide totals (not adjusted for inflation; in some cases incomplete) of North America's aforementioned top four documentaries: Fahrenheit 9/11, $222.44m; March of the Penguins, $127.39m; Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, $98.44m; and Earth, $108.97 million.

And here are three more documentaries that will undoubtedly remain way ahead of 2016 Obama's America's final (worldwide) cume even without factoring in inflation: Oceans, $82.65m; Bowling for Columbine, $58m; and An Inconvenient Truth, $49.75 million. Also, with $36.08 million worldwide, Michael Moore's Sicko will possibly remain ahead – however slightly – of the 2016 movie. (Once inflation is factored in, Sicko – with more than $40 million – will almost surely remain quite a bit ahead.)

Dinesh D'Souza and George Obama (Barack Obama's half-brother) in 2016 Obama's America: Rocky Mountain Pictures.

Sept. 12

2016 movie Barack Obama's brother George Obama2016 movie box office: Third wide-release weekend actuals

2016 Obama's America, Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan's critique of U.S. president Barack Obama based on D'Souza's book The Roots of Obama's Rage, was the no. 3 movie at the North American box office on both Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 10-11. The 2016 movie added an estimated $1.04 million at 2,017 locations since Sunday for an estimated cume of $27.16 million after 61 days – about 20 of those in wide release – according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. [Photo: George Obama, Barack Obama's half-brother, talks with Dinesh D'Souza in 2016 Obama's America.]

This past weekend, Sept. 7-9, despite a 15 percent increase in number of venues and last week's Democratic National Convention, 2016 Obama's America was down a relatively steep 41 percent. As a result, D'Souza and Sullivan's 2016 movie's per-theater average plummeted another 50 percent (after tumbling 46 percent the previous weekend), down to a paltry $1,641 on the documentary's third weekend in wide release. [See also: “Henry Cavill & Bradley Cooper Movies: One of Worst Box-Office Weekends in More Than Two Decades.”]

On the positive side, on both Monday and Tuesday, 2016 Obama's America had the highest per-theater average among the top twelve movies on the North American box office chart. Having said that, when putting those figures in context one realizes that's no major feat: The U.S. and Canada box office continues to be suffering from one of the weakest-performing crop of late-summer movies in years – possibly in a couple of decades (in number of tickets sold).

For instance, on Tuesday, the 2016 movie was tops – but with a meager $260 per-venue average, compared to Shia LaBeouf / Tom Hardy's Lawless' $242 and Ole Bornedal / Jeffrey Dean Morgan's The Possession's $238. That's a tiny gap, especially considering that Lawless is playing at 3,138 venues and The Possession at 2,834 locations vs. 2016 Obama's America's 2,017 venues. All things being equal, the lower the number of the theaters, the higher the per-theater average should be.

2016 Movie: Wide release likely to be downsized in near future

In all likelihood, exhibitors will start replacing 2016 Obama's America with something potentially more profitable within the next two weekends. Barring a miracle, expect the 2016 movie's actual weekend grosses and per-theater averages to go down dramatically.

Even so, Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan's documentary will surely end its run north of $30m, possibly around $35-36 million. That depends on how the 2016 movie will fare this coming weekend and the next. Either way, by next Sunday 2016 Obama's America should have surpassed Chimpanzee to become 2012's top non-fiction film at the North American box office.

2016 Movie Box Office: No. 3 on Weekday Chart” Dinesh D'Souza and George Obama (Barack Obama's half-brother) in 2016 Obama's America: Rocky Mountain Pictures.

Sept. 9

2016 movie Obama's America Dinesh D'Souza George Obama2016 movie box office: More theaters, lower grosses

The “2016 movie,” Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan's documentary 2016 Obama's America, based on D'Souza's book The Roots of Obama's Rage, was down 41.5 percent this weekend, Sept. 7-9, raking in $3.281 million at 2,017 North American locations according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The box office drop took place even though D'Souza and Sullivan's 2016 movie added 270 locations – a not inconsiderable 15 percent increase – and in spite of this past week's Democratic National Convention starring U.S. president Barack Obama. (Image: Dinesh D'Souza in 2016 Obama's America.)

On Labor Day weekend, despite the addition of 656 theaters (from 1,091 to 1,747 sites) and the fact that Sunday preceded a major U.S. holiday, 2016 Obama's America was down 14 percent. At no. 9 on the domestic box office chart (Aug. 31-Sept. 2), the 2016 movie collected $5.6 million. As mentioned in a previous article, there was basically no room for any further expansion, as the documentary saw its per-theater average plummet 46 percent – from the previous weekend's $5,966 to $3,211.

Yet, distributor Rocky Mountain Pictures and some exhibitors opted to gamble on the 2016 movie. Thus, this weekend 2016 Obama's America's per-theater average plummeted another 50 percent, down to a meager $1,627 on the anti-Obama documentary's third weekend in wide release. By the way, that's not bias. In case studio estimates are correct, that's merely reporting the facts. [See also: “Clint Eastwood RNC Obama speech.”]

2016 movie surpasses Katy Perry, but still behind Michael Moore, Al Gore

2016 Obama's America has surpassed Katy Perry: Part of Me to become the second most successful non-fiction film released in 2012. And the 2016 movie will likely overtake Chimpanzee ($28.97m) within the next ten days to become the year's top doc. That's no small feat.

Also, if you read box office reports, you'll learn that 2016 Obama's America – with $26.08 million to date – has surpassed every Michael Moore documentary except for Fahrenheit 9/11, in addition to having beaten Davis Guggenheim's Oscar-winning, Al Gore-inspired An Inconvenient Truth. (Needless to say, the inconvenient – and ominous – truth that the polar ice caps are melting at a faster rate than ever in recorded history remains both unbeaten and unbeatable.)

The facts: In addition to rampant global warming, Planet Earth is also afflicted by something called “inflation.” Well, at least most countries, to some extent or other, are. The U.S. is no exception.

Taking inflation into account, so as to get a better idea of a movie's actual ticket sales / box office popularity, 2016 Obama's America is the no. 10 top documentary since 1982 (though Box Office Mojo's documentary data for the '80s and early '90s is spotty), behind not only Madonna: Truth or Dare ($28.59 million), but also Michael Moore's Sicko ($28.6m) and Bowling for Columbine ($29.44 million), and Guggenheim's An Inconvenient Truth ($29.56m).

Quite possibly, within two weeks or so the 2016 movie will have surpassed all but four documentaries at the North American (adjusted for inflation) box office: Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 (approx. $154 million), Luc Jacquet's March of the Penguins ($97 million), Jon Chu's Justin Bieber: Never Say Never ($74.5 million), and Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield's Earth ($35.8m). Once again, that's a remarkable feat. As a result, in the future expect more documentaries about White House dwellers around election time. (Note: Unlike the aforementioned documentaries, the 2016 movie is nonexistent overseas. In other words, 2016 Obama's America would fall way behind on the worldwide documentary box office chart.)

2016 Obama's America vs. Fahrenheit 9/11: Third weekend

For comparison's sake: At 2,011 locations on its third weekend out in July 2004, Michael Moore's anti-George W. Bush / anti-Iraq War documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 brought in $11.03 million, averaging $5,485 per site. Adjusted for inflation, those figures soar to $14.24 million and $7,100, respectively. That's about four and a half times 2016 Obama's America's estimated gross this weekend, and more than four times the 2016 movie's estimated per-theater average.

2016 Movie Box Office Plummets: Still Trailing Michael Moore / Al Gore Docs” Dinesh D'Souza and George Obama (Barack Obama's half-brother) in 2016 Obama's America: Rocky Mountain Pictures.

Sept. 8

2016 movie The Roots of Obama's Rage2016 movie box office: More theaters, less revenues

The “2016 movie,” Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan's critically panned documentary 2016 Obama's America, was down an estimated 33 percent on Friday, Sept. 7 (compared to Friday, Aug. 31), taking in $1.1 million at 2,017 North American locations according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The drop took place despite the fact that D'Souza and Sullivan's 2016 movie added 270 venues this weekend – a 15 percent increase – and despite this past week's Democratic National Convention, whose star was none other than U.S. president Barack Obama. (Image: Dinesh D'Souza in 2016 Obama's America.)

On Labor Day weekend, despite the addition of 656 venues (from 1,091 to 1,747 sites), 2016 Obama's America was down 14 percent. At no. 9 on the domestic box office chart (Aug. 31-Sept. 2), the 2016 movie collected $5.6 million. As mentioned in a previous article, there was basically no room for any further major expansion, as the per-theater average of the anti-Obama documentary had dropped 46 percent – from the previous weekend's $5,966 to $3,211.

Yet, distributor Rocky Mountain Pictures and some exhibitors opted to gamble on the 2016 movie based on Dinesh D'Souza's book The Roots of Obama's Rage. As a result, this weekend's final box office result will likely lie somewhere between $3.2-3.5 million at 2,017 locations, with a per-theater average hovering around a mediocre $1,600-1,700 on the documentary's third weekend in wide release.

2016 movie: More good news, bad news

The good news: by Sunday evening, 2016 Obama's America will in all likelihood surpass Katy Perry: Part of Me to become the second most successful documentary released in 2012. And the 2016 movie will likely overtake Chimpanzee within the next ten days to become the year's top doc. (In case the current U.S. president is reelected in November, here's wondering if in 2013 we'll be getting 2016 Obama's America Revisited.)

The bad news: if reported estimates are accurate, 2016 Obama's America will still be down 40-45 percent this weekend despite having added 15 percent more theaters. Per-theater averages should drop even more sharply: somewhere around 45-50 percent. Barring a miracle (and/or some hard-and-fast contractual obligations), expect 2016 Obama's America's theater count to drop dramatically in the next two weeks.

2016 Obama's America vs. Fahrenheit 9/11: Third weekend

For comparison's sake: At 2,011 locations on its third weekend out in July 2004, Michael Moore's anti-George W. Bush documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 grossed $11.03 million, averaging $5,485 per site. Adjusted for inflation, those figures soar to $14.24 million and $7,100, respectively. That's close to five times what 2016 Obama's America is expected to gross this weekend, and four times the 2016 movie's estimated per-theater average.

2016 movie Box Office: More Theaters, Less Revenues” Dinesh D'Souza 2016 Obama's America: Rocky Mountain Pictures.

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34 Comments to Barack Obama Movie '2016': NOT 2nd Most Successful Political Documentary Ever

  1. BillinDetroit

    I'm one of the 47% … by means of physical disability / work-related injuries that have twice paralyzed me … and will again. I'm not scared … Obama has to go. That “47%” number is actually a reflection on the bleak job outlook and we can't blame the outsourcing on Barry O.

    As people reach the end of their unemployment and realize that the re-training classes have prepared them for still other jobs that simply don't exist, they start clutching at straws and a SS determination of disability will at least keep them from starving to death waiting for the “change” and the “audacity of hope” to turn into meat and potatoes on the table.

    What we are witnessing is slow-motion genocide of the American people. We have become a nation of hairstylists and fast-food employees. Service industries do NOT create wealth, manufacturing does … and our manufacturing has been farmed out … likely never to return.

  2. Mila

    This is a wonderful and intelligent documentary. Thank you, Dinesh D'Souza!! This film is filled with facts that educate and is easy to follow. Everyone should see it.

  3. P. Weinstein

    2016: Obama's America is based upon quotes from Obama's books and facts; you draw your own conclusions. It is what it is! I have read the movie critics' comments; the disenters and haters only provide their unsupported conclusions and ad homenum attacks. If you want to be liberal, great … just support your hypothesis with facts. Don't claim that 1 + 1 does not equal two; acknowledge the truth and simply state that you ignore facts and operate by emotions. The simple truth is that the U.S. capitalistic economy has created the largest and most prosperous middle class in the world and that all forms of socialism, whether they be partial (Sweden, Norway) or fully socialist (N. Korea) have proven no form of socialism works. The more state control, the fewer economic liberties (remember the Boston Tea Party: “Taxes”) and the fewer those liberties the smaller the economy. Please note the failures in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece and Ireland. 2016: Obama's America strongly implies, as does Obama's statements: “share the wealth and “you didn't build it” that he is a socialist. Why is he not proud of who he is? We all know the answer to that question. If he told the truth he would not have been elected nor re-elected. So, there is the answer. So, let's stop bashing those who call Obama what he really is and be proud of that fact — if you are? Let's stop the lying and name calling and everyone go to see the movie and make your own decisions.

  4. mplo

    I'm no fan of Barack Obama, but “2016” sounds like a total piece of junk. I've already put this film on my “don't go to see” list.

  5. Diane Helms

    WOW - what an interesting movie! KUDOS to Dr. Dinesh D'Souza - every American should see this film.

  6. Ted

    2016's success is deserved. M Moore and Al Gore turned out to be BS artists

  7. Michael Hsu

    The truth is very scary - especially to the 47%.

  8. Brad

    Every American should see this film to further understand the man, President Obama.

  9. Rockin64

    By far the best documentary ever. It is very scary how much Obama hates America and it's success as a capitalist country.

  10. AJsDaddie

    God it's been so incredibly much fun watching you spin week to week as 2016 blew away every possible mark you threw against it. 2016 is the second most successful political documentary ever made and it just galls you. And I love it!

  11. spike

    Some years back, Obama's OWN literary agent, in a bio of Obama, indicated that he was born in Kenya.

  12. spike

    Why do you say right wing as if that's a given reality, and then put quotes around “liberal”, as if that's an unfair term? Is there some bias, at your end, against a conservative viewpoint? First of all, both left wing and right wing labels are are phony.

    The true political spectrum starts with anarchy at the bottom, comes upward to communism, then up to fascism, then up to socialism (which is what Obama stands for), and then up to democracy, and further up to a republic (in which the people, not the Electoral College) have the ultimate power to elect the President.

    The farther up the scale one goes, the less Big Brother there is and the more human rights there are. And I have news for you: the Founding Fathers were high on that scale, and certainly not down at the Obama socialism level.

  13. Lindangel

    I saw the movie—it is very powerful! I did not vote for Obama in 08' and will not again in November. I had already studied the man and knew what his ideology was all about.
    He hates America and if he gets re-elected-he will finish off this once great country.

  14. Soulman

    The premise of this film is so absurd it is hard to believe that the filmmaker not only made it but found willing fools to watch and believe it. AMERICA is a country today because it rose up against COLONIALISM. Otherwise there would have been no USA but a British colony as part of the British Empire. In the same way, Kenya was a British colony which fought for its independence just as the Americans did in their revolution. I have never heard anyone accuse George Washington or any of the founding fathers of being influenced by anti- colonial views.
    How in the world is it a great thing for USA to BE FOUNDED by rising up against colonization by the British and yet Kenya fighting for its sovereignty and independence from the same British is wrong???
    Second, Obama was not born in Kenya, nor even grew up there. His father came to school in America and met his mother. And assuming this foolish premise on which this ridiculous movie is made is true, wow then Obama is some genius – a 10 year old boy living in the US who somehow influenced the Kenyan independence movement against colonization by the British. Wow, sometimes you have to shake your head

  15. Lynn Holder

    Great movie every American should see 2016 Obama so they can make up their own mind and see the faxs for their selves. In this theater I was in there was total quiet everybody was listening intensely! Thanks so much for taking and doing this movie it was very helpful for me thanks again.

    Lynn Holder

  16. James

    I watch the movie yesterday with my family. It was a nice video which documented and explain Obama's influences in his life. Our family voted for him the last time, and none of us plan to vote for him this time. Not because of the movie, but because of his actions that he has taken while being the POTUS. He needs to be let go.

  17. Mike Jackson

    It is fairly clear that this particular blog is actively rooting for the 2016 Obama movie to fail. But the problem is that the file has already been a tremendous success and no amount of comparison to other records will change this fact. There is fact and there is opinion. Yes, you are pointing to facts about how 2016 Obama is currently behind, say, Sicko, but that does not matter. 2016 Obama has blow way past the amount of money that the investors placed in the movie and so the 2016 Obama investors have made great sums of money. Also, 2016 Obama is the second most successful political documentary of all time. The movie's success has blown away previous negative blog posts of this tiny, little blog. It is successful and there is nothing that you can say that can change that fact.

  18. Carla Reeves

    Just saw the movie. Beautifully filmed and extremely well presented by Dinesh D'Souza. I learned a lot and found the movie very thought provoking. It is well worth you time to see a movie that makes you think, no matter which side of the isle you are on.

  19. jmm

    I have read quite a few unfavorable reviews by the liberal, left-wing movie critics about the ' 2016 Obama's America ' documentary. But, I have yet to see any documentary by any movie producers praising Obama on how great a President he has been for the past 3 1/2 years. If any one knows of such a documentary playing nationwide to packed audiences like the '2016 Obama's America' documentary , please let me know and I will buy the popcorn and soda for us while we watch this documentary.

  20. Brian

    You're not smart, so you'll likely continue digging. 2016 is doing better financially that your past posts predicted, and it will continue to outperform, no matter how many blog posts you produce with words such “plummet” in the title.

    Newsflash for the IQ-challenged: The overwhelming majority of movies “plummet” in gross sales in the weeks subsequent to wide release. But 2016's decline has been markedly less extreme than it's competitors, and holds up quite well historically. 2016 will be the #2 political documentary in US gross sales (and the #4 documentary generally) even after adjusting for inflation. And it will gross well over 35-36 million.

  21. Robin

    If you believe the slant in this movie, I have a bridge to sell you. The author has a clear bias and agenda. He has never interviewed or spoken to the President. He uses terms like “colonialism” which have very little meaning to the American mindset. I can see why he feels strongly about it since he is pro-colonialist Indian. Which is weird in itself. If you want to see this guy dressed down, check out Bill Maher's interview with him on Real Time.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwOy4F53rSg

  22. Mike Jackson

    As of today, September 11, 2012, Obama 2016 has completely crushed the Al Gore film Inconvenient Truth. In the terms of political documentaries, the Obama 2016 is second of all-time, only beat by Michael Moore's collection of half-turths and lies. You have not updated your blog to point out that Dinesh's doc Obama 2016 has destroyed Al Gore's movie. You jumped the incorrect conclusion that Dinesh's movie hit a brick wall and was dropping. But today, September 11, 2012, Dinesh's Obama 2012 is the third highest producer. Your premise is not supported.

  23. NoSpinHere

    Bradley, better go back and update your blog, 2016 now tops $27 million, only second to Farenheit 911….isn't it amazing that it keeps getting bigger and bigger each day?
    I wonder how many theatres that Farenheit opened in compared to the very few 2016 opened in, I would contend that if it opened in as many it could be bigger than M&M's Farenheit for the same period….
    If someone has those stats would be interested to see?

  24. Gadfly32

    Where can I see this movie in the Stockton Mo area? where can I purchase a DVD copy?
    I and a number of people i know would like to see this movie. The nearest theather where this movie is playing is Springfield, 60 miles one way drive.

  25. Gadfly32

    Where in Stockton, mo. area is this movie playing?? Can I get a dvd copy?

  26. FOX

    nikhilesh, wrote about D'Souza attempting to soil his name by insinuating that he is not a true Indian due to his Portugese last name. So right from the beginning nikhilesh plays the race card, good for you. Nest he/she goes after the gentleman for being wealthy. so within one paragraph this poster has covered both the race card and class card, so Indian of them.
    The disconnect is both obvious and alarming, for Obama who spent his early years in Indonesia, was the son of an American woman, which made him a foreigner and from a higher class. It should be noted that Obama spent his college years at Harvard and two other fairly prestigious universities. Which means that all that Nikhilesh said is froth with little substance other than hate.
    As for the critique of the movie, the bias is obvious. The writer fails to mention while discussing inflation, that the economy in 2004 was much much stronger, and folks had a lot more money to pay for their tickets. Note that tickets were cheaper as well. Seems that Obama's america cannot afford to attend movies of any kind.
    As for the polar caps?

  27. Martin

    That's an unfair comparison, both Micheal Moore and AlGore do fiction,
    D'Souza did a documentary.

  28. truth2012

    Comparing this …. Comparing that … rubbish,,,,, You don't get it;
    the ultimate purpose for this film is to let the American people know “who is Obama ?” and they have succeeded their objective which the mainstream media fail to do. And to top it off they also having financial success doing it. To be the 2nd place political documentary in the country & no or maybe a small budget for advertising expenditure but only word of mouth is unheard of. The showing to extended theater is no longer for profit but to give the American people around the country an opportunity to know who Obama really is before they cast their vote in Nov. As Michelle Obama said “Being president doesn't change who you are, it reveals who you are”.

  29. zac

    @AJs Daddie

    Huh, no. That's not true.

    I never “tried so hard” to say “2016 Obama's America” “would fail when it first came out.” What I did write was that it was too early to call “2016” a blockbuster a la “Fahrenheit 9/11” — the way some box-office pundits were doing three weeks ago — when the “2016” movie hadn't even grossed $10 million. And in fact, I was right. “2016” won't get even close to “Fahrenheit.”

    Even so, at the time I did raise the possibility that “2016” would end up grossing more than $30m domestically, which would place it ahead of “Sicko,” “Bowling for Columbine,” and “Capitalism: A Love Story” — even adjusted for inflation.

    Now, worldwide box-office grosses are frequently discussed on this site. All I did was add that particular bit of information to this article — much like I've done in dozens of other box-office articles. Same when it comes to inflation-adjusted box-office grosses. That's no spin. Just context. No matter the movie, from “The Avengers” to “Cosmopolis.”

  30. AJs Daddie

    “(Note: Unlike the aforementioned documentaries, the 2016 movie is nonexistent overseas. In other words, 2016 Obama's America would fall way behind on the worldwide documentary box-office chart.)”

    You go, Zac! Considering the fact that you tried so hard to say the movie would fail when it first came out, one would think you'd simply sit in the corner and wipe the egg off your face. Instead, here you are doing everything you can to PROVE that the movie isn't a hit! Bet you thought that Chik-Fil-A boycott was going to ruin the company, too, didn't ya?

    Oh well, I guess you have to fill column space somehow. I'll be interested to see how you spin it when the movie does pass all of Moore's other films, even with your inflation adjustment. At least this time you learned enough to allow for that to happen.

  31. nikhilesh

    As an Indian myself, here is the real dinesh d souza: he was born into one of the wealthier families in Goa/Bomaby. He is Christian as a result of Portuguese inquisitions centuries back. hence the name D'Souza. These people consider themselves of Portuguese descent and hence look down upon the common Indian person, who is extremely poor. He thus attends the elite catholic/jesuit schools in India and comes abroad to an Ivy league school for his undergrad. No Indian can afford to come to an Ivy league school as en undergrad. 99.9% of the Indians come to the US on merit based scholarships for PhDs in science and technology. The few rich folks like him to come here to get away from the 'filth' of India. He is a traitor pure and simple, as he belives India wold be better off under colonial rule. India does not think that; it is a free country, just like the US fought the british for freedom. He resents true freedom and prefers colonial rule. This mindset underlimes liberty and free thinking and is reeks of the Stockholm syndrome and pure cuckooness. He thus needs to be called for what he is : a docuhe.

  32. Mark

    But it did beat Mikes three other films and Al gores film sorry about the facts !

  33. Truth2012

    Too too sad…. Comparing this …. Comparing that … You don't get it; the purpose for this film is to let the American people know “who is Obama ?” and they have succeeded their objective which the mainstream media fail to do. And to top it off they also having financial success doing it. To be the 2nd place political documentary in the country ( after this weekend 9/7-9/2012) & no or maybe a small budget for advertising expenditure but only word of mouth is unheard of. The showing to extended theater is no longer for profit but to give the American people around the country an opportunity to know who Obama really is before they cast their vote in Nov. As Michelle Obama said “Being president doesn't change who you are, it reveals who you are”.

  34. Jay

    I bet the editors at Atl Film Guide got a hard-on for seeing that this movie badly portraying their lord and savior Obama was down in revenue.