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2016 Movie: Anti-Obama Documentary Is Box Office Bomb or Arthouse Hit?

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Barack Obama movie 2016 about to end its run

Oct. 6 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 boxofficemojo.com. 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.

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.

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 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 box office: Anti-Obama movie is 2012’s highest-grossing documentary

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 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 1980s and early 1990s 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 ObamaGeorge Obama, Barack Obama’s half-brother, talks with Dinesh D’Souza in 2016 Obama’s America.

2016 movie box office: Third wide-release weekend actuals

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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 ($29 million) 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 $26.1 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 1980s and early 1990s is spotty), behind not only Madonna: Truth or Dare ($28.59 million), but also Michael Moore’s Sicko ($28.6 million) and Bowling for Columbine ($29.4 million), and Guggenheim’s An Inconvenient Truth ($29.6 million).

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 ($35.8 million). 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 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.

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 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.

Obama movie ‘2016’ vs. Fahrenheit 9/11: Absurd comparisons

Aug. 28 update: Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan’s right-wing documentary 2016 Obama’s America had a solid first-wide-weekend run in North America on the eve of the Republican National Convention currently being held in Tampa, Florida. (To be blessed by the Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan, too!) Though closer to the lower end of expectations, 2016 Obama’s America earned $6.5 million at 1,091 locations according to Box Office Mojo, averaging $5,966 per site. That was the highest average among the top 25 movies on the domestic box office chart. (A little context: This past weekend was 2012’s very worst at the domestic box office.) [Photo: Barack Obama 2016 Obama’s America.]

Anyhow, though with a cume of less than $10 million, 2016 Obama’s America is now officially the most successful “conservative” documentary ever. For that reason, some have compared the “zeitgeist-appeal” of D’Souza and Sullivan’s anti-Obama movie to that of Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11. Those people are in dire need of a reality check.

Fahrenheit 9/11: Unique documentary blockbuster

Back in 2004, Fahrenheit 9/11 opened with $23.92 million (approx. $31 million adjusted for inflation) at 898 locations, averaging $27,558 (approx. 35,600 adjusted) per site. 2016 Obama’s America‘s take this past weekend, by far its best to date, was less than 30 percent that of Michael Moore’s anti-George W. Bush / anti-Iraq War / anti-Britney Spears documentary – screening at 20 percent fewer venues. Adjusted for inflation, on its first weekend out, Fahrenheit 9/11 collected nearly five times the amount 2016 Obama’s America grossed this past weekend and more than three times the current cume of D’Souza and Sullivan’s film.

Eventually distributed by Lionsgate in North America – after Disney’s Michael Eisner decided to shelve the film – Fahrenheit 9/11 went on to score $119.19 million in North America and $103.25 million overseas. 2016 Obama’s America, for its part, will be very lucky if it reaches $35 million domestic and $30,000 internationally.

In terms of prestige and accolades, here’s a list of Fahrenheit 9/11 wins in North America alone:

Best Non-Fiction Film / Best Documentary from numerous film critics groups, among them the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Chicago Film Critics Association, Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics Association, Florida Film Critics Circle, Kansas City Film Critics Circle, Las Vegas Film Critics Society, New York Film Critics Circle, Online Film Critics Society, Phoenix Film Critics Society, San Francisco Film Critics Circle, Southeastern Film Critics Association, and Vancouver Film Critics Circle. Fahrenheit 9/11 was also the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s runner-up for Best Documentary.

Outside North America, among Fahrenheit 9/11‘s numerous accolades was the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Additionally, Michael Moore’s film was nominated by the French Academy of Film, the British Independent Film Awards, the Danish Film Critics Association, the European Film Academy, and the Irish Film and Television Academy.

Overseas, 2016 Obama’s America will in all likelihood be completely ignored. In the U.S., it has been highly praised by the far-right media elite but lambasted by the New York Times, the Washington Post, Variety (“For the bulk of its running time, [2016 Obama’s America] comes off as a cavalcade of conspiracy theories, psycho-politico conjectures and incendiary labeling”), and just about everybody else. In fact, the documentary’s only chance of awards-season recognition is the creation of a Fox News Film Award or some such.

2016 Obama’s America: Kirk Cameron’s Fireproof box office trajectory

This past weekend, we posted an article explaining that 2016 Obama’s America was expected to follow a similar trajectory to that of Kirk Cameron’s Fundamentalist Christian movie Fireproof. Cameron’s Christian drama had topped Fandango’s advance sales and was no. 3 on opening-day Friday – but was down to no. 6 on Saturday and ended up in the no. 4 slot on the weekend box office chart, with $6.83 million at 839 locations.

2016 Obama’s America fared worse than Fireproof, of course, but let’s not forget that a) it’s a documentary b) it had already let out some box office steam in the previous two weekends.

Ultimately, Fireproof went on to cume at $33.45 million in North America – plus $16,980 in South Korea.

And make sure to check out Dinesh D’Souza on The Colbert Report blaming liberals for the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.

Barack Obama 2016 Obama’s America movie image: Rocky Mountain Pictures.

Aug. 30

2016 Obama’s America movie passes $10 million mark

The Republican National Convention is currently being held in Tampa, Florida. Midnight Cowboy actor Jon Voight has already blamed the ’60s for the current crop of unpatriotic Hollywood Liberals (one assumes that includes both his daughter Angelina Jolie and her companion Brad Pitt, not to mention Voight’s former co-stars and/or directors such as Jane Fonda, Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, John Schlesinger, Jonathan Demme, Hal Ashby, and Martin Ritt), while the Far-Right-Wing Elite, as usual, has been calling the Liberal Elite “black.” (As in the pot calling the kettle…)

Ah, and Ann Romney (“You People”) – that’s U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s wife – has claimed that her favorite TV show is Modern Family. That Romney Remark led Modern Family co-creator and executive producer Steve Levitan to tweet the following: “Thrilled Ann Romney says ModFam is her favorite show. We’ll offer her the role of officiant at [gay couple] Mitch & Cam’s wedding. As soon as it’s legal.”

While the Republican circus continues in Tampa, Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan’s documentary about U.S. president Barack Obama, 2016 Obama’s America, continues its impressive run (last reported) at 1,091 North American venues. In fact, after landing at no. 7 on North America’s weekend box office chart, 2016 Obama’s America soared to no. 2 on Monday, Aug. 27, according to estimates* found at Box Office Mojo.

2016 Obama’s America box office: No.2 on Monday?

Tuesday figures aren’t available as yet, but 2016 Obama’s America took in an estimated $1.2 million on Monday. That placed D’Souza and Sullivan’s documentary right behind the Sylvester Stallone / Liam Hemsworth / Jason Statham weapons & bombs fest The Expendables 2 (which feature well-known Republicans Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis) and ahead of Tony Gilroy / Jeremy Renner’s thriller The Bourne Legacy. At no. 1 on the chart, The Expendables 2 added $1.4 million on Monday; at no. 3, The Bourne Legacy raked in $930,000.

As of Monday, 2016 Obama’s America has earned $10.54 million after 46 days out (four days in wide release). D’Souza and Sullivan’s anti-Obama documentary is the third most successful non-fiction film released in 2012, trailing only Chimpanzee‘s $28.6 million and Katy Perry: Part of Me‘s $25 million.

Additionally, 2016 Obama’s America is no. 17 on Box Office Mojo’s chart of the most successful documentaries from 1982-present – though that list is woefully incomplete when it comes to documentaries released in the 1980s and quite possibly the 1990s. Adjusted for inflation, 2016 Obama’s America is no. 19 on the chart.

* It’s unclear who provided Monday estimates for 2016 Obama’s America, though generally speaking those come from the distributor, in this case Rocky Mountain Pictures.

2016 Obama’s America to Surpass Capitalism: A Love Story

In all likelihood, by next Sunday Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan’s right-wing documentary 2016 Obama’s America will have surpassed Michael Moore’s left-wing documentary Capitalism: A Love Story, which scored $15.1 million (adjusted for inflation) in 2009. (Worldwide, Moore’s Capitalism brought in approximately $18.5 million adjusted for inflation.) Even more impressive, by the end of its run 2016 Obama’s America may possibly become 2012’s top documentary to date.

Ridiculed by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Variety, among other publications (“A nonsensically unsubstantiated act of character assassination,” says Entertainment Weekly‘s Owen Gleiberman), 2016 Obama’s America was widely praised by the right-wing / Christian Right media. The documentary, which portrays Barack Obama as an idealistic threat to the United States, is based on Dinesh D’Souza’s book The Roots of Obama’s Rage.

2016 Obama’s America movie vs. Fahrenheit 9/11

Despite its undeniable success (for a political documentary), 2016 Obama’s America is hardly the movie that has caught the American zeitgeist this election year as some over-excited pundits claimed last week. Nor is it the right-wing elite’s cinematic equivalent to Michael Moore’s epoch-making anti-George W. Bush / anti-Iraq War / anti-Britney Spears 2004 documentary Fahrenheit 9/11.

Even so, 2016 Obama’s America‘s present $10.5 million cume is quite remarkable. After all, at least officially the movie cost a mere $2.5 million.

Note: even if accurate, the aforementioned budget figure doesn’t include marketing / distribution expenses, which must have been considerable due to the film’s wide expansion and heavy-duty promotion on right-wing radio talk shows and cable stations such as Fox News. Also, remember that, as a rule of thumb, exhibitors keep about 50 percent of a movie’s domestic gross.

Barack Obama 2016 Obama’s America poster: Rocky Mountain Pictures.

Barack Obama 2016 Obama’s America movie image: Rocky Mountain Pictures.

Aug. 30 afternoon

2016 Obama’s America box office: No. 2 on Monday?

Throughout the Republican National Convention, wrapping up tonight in Tampa, Florida, Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan’s right-wing documentary about U.S. president Barack Obama, 2016 Obama’s America, has continued its impressive run at 1,091 North American sites. In fact, after holding the no. 7 slot on North America’s weekend (Aug. 24-26) box office chart, 2016 Obama’s America soared to no. 2 on Monday, Aug. 27, according to estimates* found at Box Office Mojo.

2016 Obama’s America brought in an estimated $1.2 million on Monday. That placed D’Souza and Sullivan’s documentary slightly behind Sylvester Stallone / Liam Hemsworth / Jason Statham’s old-school actioner The Expendables 2 (which also features Republicans Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis) and ahead of Tony Gilroy / Jeremy Renner’s thriller The Bourne Legacy. At no. 1 on the chart, The Expendables 2 collected $1.36 million on Monday; at no. 3, The Bourne Legacy scored $930k.

At no. 3 on both Tuesday and Wednesday, 2016 Obama’s America added nearly $2 million. As of Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2016 Obama’s America has earned an estimated $12.5 million after 48 days out (six days in wide release). D’Souza and Sullivan’s anti-Obama documentary is the third highest-grossing non-fiction film released in 2012, trailing only Chimpanzee‘s $28.6 million and Katy Perry: Part of Me‘s $25 million.

Additionally, 2016 Obama’s America is no. 15 on Box Office Mojo’s chart of the most successful documentaries from 1982–present – though that list hardly includes documentaries released in the 1980s and early 1990s. Adjusted for inflation, 2016 Obama’s America is no. 19 on that particular chart, right behind Michael Moore’s Roger & Me.

2016 Obama’s America to Surpass Capitalism: A Love Story

In all likelihood, by next Sunday (or sooner) the right-wing 2016 Obama’s America will have surpassed – in number of tickets sold – Michael Moore’s left-wing Capitalism: A Love Story, which took in $15.1 million (adjusted for inflation) in 2009. (Adjusted for inflation, Capitalism: A Love Story grossed approximately $18.5 million worldwide.)

What’s even more impressive is that by the end of its run 2016 Obama’s America could become 2012’s top documentary to date. That’ll depend on how well the anti-Obama movie fares after the Republican National Convention and the media attention surrounding all things “conservative” come to a close.

Derided by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Variety, among other publications (“A nonsensically unsubstantiated act of character assassination,” wrote Entertainment Weekly‘s Owen Gleiberman), 2016 Obama’s America received enthusiastic praise from the right-wing / Christian Right media, including thumbs up from News Corp / Fox News honcho Rupert Murdoch.

Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan’s documentary, which portrays Barack Obama as an anti-colonialist threat to the United States, is based on D’Souza’s book The Roots of Obama’s Rage. 2016 Obama’s America‘s budget, not including marketing and distribution expenses, has been pegged at $2.5 million.

* Generally speaking, box office estimates are reported by the distributor, in this case Rocky Mountain Pictures.

Barack Obama 2016 Obama’s America poster: Rocky Mountain Pictures.

Sept. 2

2016 movie box office: Sharp per-theater average drop

Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan’s “2016 movie,” 2016 Obama’s America, despite expanding to 1,775 North American venues (from 1,091 sites last weekend) was actually down 22 percent this weekend compared to a week ago. At no. 9 on the domestic box office chart, the 2016 movie collected an estimated $5.1 million according to Box Office Mojo.

Prior to and during the Republican National Convention, held last week in Tampa, Florida, the right-wing documentary about U.S. president Barack Obama had an impressive run. In fact, after landing in the no. 7 slot on North America’s weekend (Aug. 24-26) box office chart, 2016 Obama’s America soared to no. 2 on Monday, Aug. 27, and remained among the top 5 movies for the rest of the week.

But now that the RNC is a thing of the past – though Clint Eastwood remains a popular subject of ridicule online2016 Obama’s America has lost steam. Following the expansion, the 2016 movie suffered a 51 percent per-theater-average drop-off rate, from $5,966 to $2,921. Now, comparisons to Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, whose per-theater average was down 66 percent on its second weekend out, are, at best, misguided.

Wrongheaded comparisons with Fahrenheit 9/11

Moore’s anti-George W. Bush / anti-the United States’ faux “Liberal” media / anti-Iraq War / anti-Britney Spears cinematic attack opened with an unheard of (for a documentary) $27,558 (approx. $35,600 today) per-theater average at 898 locations. The following weekend, Fahrenheit 9/11 nearly doubled its number of theaters, to 1,725, while competing with Sam Raimi / Tobey Maguire’s megablockbuster Spider-Man 2.

Needless to say, with $88.15 million, Spider-Man 2 fully dominated the domestic box office on the July 4 weekend. This year, 2016 Obama’s America had no such competition; though it overperformed, The Possession collected only an estimated $17.75 million. Nor was the 2016 movie coming off an “unheard of” opening-weekend box office performance. Though solid for a political documentary, a $5,966 per-theater average at 1,091 venues is nothing astounding.

2016 movie to become 2012’s top documentary?

With an $18.2 million domestic cume, 2016 Obama’s America is currently the third highest-grossing non-fiction film released in 2012, trailing only Chimpanzee‘s $28.61 million and Katy Perry: Part of Me‘s $25 million. A few days ago, it seemed feasible that D’Souza and Sullivan’s 2016 movie would become the year’s top-grossing documentary, but now that seems unlikely – though certainly not impossible. It all depends on how 2016 Obama’s America performs next weekend.

I should add that 2016 Obama’s America is no. 11 on Box Office Mojo’s chart of the most successful documentaries from 1982-present – though that list includes hardly any documentaries released in the ’80s and early ’90s. Adjusted for inflation, 2016 Obama’s America is no. 12 on that chart, right behind Oceans, and ahead of Winged Migration, African Cats, and Michael Moore’s left-wing documentary Capitalism: A Love Story ($15.13 million adjusted).

2016 Obama’s America dismissed by critics

Dismissed by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Variety, among other publications (“A nonsensically unsubstantiated act of character assassination,” affirmed Entertainment Weekly‘s Owen Gleiberman), 2016 Obama’s America received enthusiastic praise from the right-wing / Christian Right media, including kudos from News Corp / Fox News honcho Rupert Murdoch.

The 2016 movie, which portrays Barack Obama as an anti-colonialist threat to the United States, is based on D’Souza’s book The Roots of Obama’s Rage. 2016 Obama’s America‘s reported budget, not including marketing and distribution costs, is $2.5 million.

Barack Obama 2016 Obama’s America poster: Rocky Mountain Pictures.

Sept. 5

2016 movie box office: Labor Day weekend drop despite major expansion

The “2016 movie,” Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan’s documentary 2016 Obama’s America, was down 14 percent (not 22 percent as studio estimates indicated) this past Labor Day weekend despite the addition of 656 North American venues (from 1,091 to 1,747 sites). At no. 9 on the domestic box office chart, the 2016 movie collected $5.6 million – $500,000 above reported estimates – according to weekend box office actuals found at Box Office Mojo. (Image: U.S. president Barack Obama in the 2016 movie poster.)

Right before and throughout the Republican National Convention, held last week in Tampa, Florida, the right-wing documentary based on Dinesh D’Souza’s book The Roots of Obama’s Rage had an impressive run in the United States. Following a successful expansion ten days ago, 2016 Obama’s America soared to the no. 2 slot on the domestic box office chart on Monday, Aug. 27, and remained among the top five movies for the rest of the week.

But now that the RNC is a thing of the past – though the Clint Eastwood anti-Obama “speech” will likely be remembered for some time – 2016 Obama’s America has lost steam. Following this weekend’s expansion, which amounted to a 60 percent increase in number of venues, the 2016 movie was down the aforementioned 14 percent, thus suffering a 46 percent per-theater-average drop-off rate (not 51 percent as reported estimates indicated), from $5,966 to $3,211.

2016 movie: Good news and bad news

The good news: the 2016 movie’s drop-off rate was lower than initially reported. The bad news: 2016 Obama’s America was still down this past weekend despite having added 60 percent more theaters and even though this past Sunday preceded a major holiday – which means softer drop-off rates.

There are no two ways of looking at this sort of data. Sturdy successful movies will either increase or maintain their theater count until per-theater averages start going down dramatically. An average in the low $3,000s does not leave room for another major expansion unless Rocky Mountain Pictures and U.S. exhibitors don’t mind screening 2016 Obama’s America at near-empty theaters.

On the Aug. 24-26 weekend, Tony Gilroy / Jeremy Renner’s The Bourne Legacy averaged a mediocre $2,555 at 3,654 theaters. On Labor Day weekend, The Bourne Legacy was screening at 523 fewer locations.

And bear in mind that the Gilroy / Renner thriller was initially screening at nearly 1,900 more venues than 2016 Obama’s America. All things being equal, the lower the number of theaters, the higher the per-theater average should be. My point: barring a miraculous resurgence, the 2016 movie has already reached its box office peak and is now on its way down.

Absurd comparisons with Fahrenheit 9/11

Now, to compare 2016 Obama’s America‘s second wide weekend drop-off rate to that of Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, whose per-theater average was down 66 percent on its second weekend out, is, at best, an exercise in futility.

In early summer 2004, Moore’s anti-George W. Bush / anti-the United States’ faux “Liberal” media / anti-Iraq War / anti-Britney Spears documentary opened with an unheard of (for a documentary) $27,558 (approx. $35,600 today) per-theater average at 898 locations. The following weekend, Fahrenheit 9/11 nearly doubled its number of theaters, to 1,725 (vs. 2016 Obama’s America‘s 60 percent increase), while competing with Sam Raimi / Tobey Maguire / Kirsten Dunst’s megablockbuster Spider-Man 2.

Needless to say, with $88.15 million (approx. $114 million today), Spider-Man 2 fully dominated the North American box office over the July 4 weekend. Though its box office gross was down a hefty 32 percent, Fahrenheit 9/11 still managed an incredible (for a documentary in wide release) $9,438 per-theater average (approx. $12,200 today).

This year, 2016 Obama’s America had no Spider-Man-like competition. Although Ole Bornedal’s The Possession overperformed, the horror flick raked in only $17.73 million. Nor was D’Souza and Sullivan’s 2016 movie coming off an “unheard of” opening-weekend box office performance. Though remarkable for a political documentary, a $5,966 per-theater average at 1,091 venues is hardly jaw-dropping. And remember: adjusted for inflation, Fahrenheit 9/11‘s second-weekend per-theater average was nearly four times the 2016 movie’s on its second wide-release weekend.

2016 movie to become 2012’s top doc?

With a $20.61 million domestic cume, 2016 Obama’s America is currently the third highest-grossing non-fiction film released in North America in 2012, trailing only Chimpanzee‘s $28.61 million and Katy Perry: Part of Me‘s $25 million. Considering that its drop-off rate wasn’t as steep as studio estimates indicated, it’s once again feasible that Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan’s 2016 movie may become the year’s top-grossing documentary, with a final cume north of $30 million. The key factor here is how 2016 Obama’s America will perform next weekend. (Image: George Obama, Barack Obama’s half-brother, in 2016 Obama’s America.)

I should add that 2016 Obama’s America is no. 10 on Box Office Mojo’s chart of the most successful documentaries from 1982-present – though that list includes hardly any documentaries released in the ’80s and early ’90s. Adjusted for inflation, 2016 Obama’s America is no. 11 on that chart, having just surpassed Oceans. Additionally, the 2016 movie has also surpassed Michael Moore’s left-wing documentary Capitalism: A Love Story ($15.13 million adjusted).

2016 Obama’s America derided by North American critics

Panned by the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time, the Boston Globe, The Village Voice, Variety, and Entertainment Weekly, among other publications, 2016 Obama’s America has a downright rotten 15 percent approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics. “No one doubts that the country faces major challenges in the next four years,” wrote Stephen Farber in The Hollywood Reporter, “but there is one safe bet: The future is unlikely to be affected by this simplistic documentary.”

On the other hand, D’Souza and Sullivan’s 2016 movie has received enthusiastic praise from the right-wing/Christian Right media, including News Corp/Fox News honcho Rupert Murdoch.

2016 Obama’s America cost a reported $2.5 million, not including marketing and distribution expenses.

2016 Obama's America movie anti-Obama documentary
2016: Obama’s America movie: Anti-Obama right-wing documentary.

2016 movie weekend box office: Solid but at lower end of expectations

Aug. 26 update: The Republican national convention kicks off on Monday, Aug. 27, in Tampa, Florida. Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan’s right-wing documentary about U.S. president Barack Obama (photo), 2016 Obama’s America, was a cinematic tie-in to the proceedings, expanding from 169 to 1,091 venues this weekend. That strategy, coupled with some savvy targeted marketing, worked. But only to a certain extent.

Although 2016 Obama’s America topped advance ticket sales on Fandango for three days in a row last week and was the no. 1 movie in North America at early Friday showings, the D’Souza-Sullivan documentary ended up in the no. 4 slot after Friday evening screenings were tallied and, at least for now, is no. 8 on the Aug. 24–26 box office chart according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo.

2016 Obama’s America movie box office: Hit or disappointment?

Because of the film’s unusual per-theater-average increases following two weekend-to-weekend expansions, several box office pundits had prophesied that 2016 Obama’s America would gross more than $8 million this weekend. At least one box office soothsayer raised the possibility that the anti-Obama documentary could top the domestic box office chart, i.e., outgross The Expendables 2‘s expected $12-13 million. Needless to say, that didn’t happen. Not even close.

So, does that mean 2016 Obama’s America was a box office disappointment? Not at all. Although lambasted by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Variety, 2016 Obama’s America was widely praised by the right-wing media. Ultimately, the film succeeded in reaching its target audience. The documentary, which portrays Barack Obama as an idealistic threat to the United States, collected an estimated $6.23 million, averaging a solid – though hardly outstanding – $5,718 per site. That’s less than the $7,365 per-theater take at 169 locations last weekend, but more than the $5,202 per-theater take at 61 venues two weekends ago. And that’s no small feat.

Whether there’s room for further expansions is debatable, as the movie, thanks to its smart wide-release timing, may have reached its box office peak. Don’t be too surprised if 2016 Obama’s America plummets next weekend. We’ll see.

Also, bear in mind that 2016 Obama’s America‘s position at the no. 8 slot could change once box office actuals are released on Monday. That’s because the gap between the Joseph Gordon-Levitt vehicle Premium Rush (no. 7) and the Meryl Streep / Tommy Lee Jones romantic comedy Hope Springs (no. 9) is only $300,000, with the Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan documentary sandwiched between those two movies. D’Souza and Sullivan’s film could easily move up or down one spot.

2016 Obama’s America movie vs. Fahrenheit 9/11

Though hardly the movie to catch the American zeitgeist this election year (as some over-excited pundits had claimed), or the right-wing elite’s cinematic equivalent to Michael Moore’s epoch-making anti-George W. Bush / anti-Iraq War / anti-Britney Spears 2004 documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, 2016 Obama’s America‘s $9.07 million cume is nothing to be sniffed at. After all, at least officially the movie cost only $2.5 million. Note: even if accurate, this figure doesn’t include marketing / distribution expenses, which must have been considerable as a result of the film’s wide expansion and heavy-duty promotion. Also, keep in mind that, as a rule of thumb, exhibitors get about 50 percent of a movie’s domestic gross.

2016 Obama’s America movie savvy targeted marketing

Yesterday, Deadline.com reported that the (relative) success of 2016 Obama’s America was due to “savvy marketing on the eve of the Republican National Convention August 27-30. Exhibitors are reporting busloads arriving at theaters around the country in pre-organized trips.”

Deadline added that the 2016 Obama’s America movie marketing team employed similar techniques to those used to plug Christian movies, “understandable since the audience is overlapping.” Additionally, 2016 Obama’s America was pushed nationally on talk radio and cable channels such as Fox News, MSNBC, A&E, and The History Channel.

Barack Obama 2016 Obama’s America movie image: Rocky Mountain Pictures.

Aug. 25 evening

2016 Obama’s America box office: Weekend’s no. 8 movie in North America?

2016 Obama’s America was the no. 4 movie at the North American box office on Friday, August 24. Screening at 1,091 venues, Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan’s right-wing documentary about U.S. president Barack Obama (photo) raked in $2.25 million according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Early estimates had pointed to $2.4 million (no. 3 on the domestic box office chart) on Friday and $6 million by Sunday evening. Considering 2016 Obama’s America‘s more modest Friday take, weekend figures have been lowered as well. (More on that in the next segment.)

Sylvester Stallone / Liam Hemsworth / Jason Statham’s weapon-and-explosion love fest The Expendables 2 easily held Friday’s top spot, grossing an estimated $3.85 million. But that’s hardly reason to set off fireworks.

August 24-26 is expected to be the weakest box office weekend so far this summer – and one of the weakest in 2012. In fact, The Expendables 2 should be topping the domestic chart with a mere $12-13 million, down 55-60 percent compared to last weekend. You can’t go much lower than that. There’s no way the sequel will match the domestic box office take of the original The Expendables.

Friday’s no. 2 movie was the Tony Gilroy / Jeremy Renner thriller The Bourne Legacy, with $2.7 million, followed by ParaNorman with $2.4 million. Rounding out the top five was the Will Ferrell / Zach Galifianakis comedy The Campaign, with $2.21 million.

2016 Obama’s America box office: At lower end of expectations?

Earlier this past week, some box office pundits were predicting grosses north of $8 million for 2016 Obama’s America. At least one such expert raised the possibility that the anti-Obama documentary might end up topping the box office chart, i.e., gross more than $12-13 million. Barring divine intervention, that’s not going to happen.

D’Souza and Sullivan’s documentary – lambasted by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Variety – is expected to gross around $5.5-6 million, and land anywhere between no. 8-10 on the box office chart. Though hardly the right-wing elite’s cinematic equivalent to Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 or the movie to catch the American zeitgeist this election year, that’s not bad at all for a movie that – at least officially – cost $2.5 million. (Remember, that figure doesn’t include marketing / distribution expenses and that, generally speaking, exhibitors keep about 50 percent of a movie’s domestic gross.)

Deadline.com reports that the (relative) popularity of 2016 Obama’s America is a result of “savvy marketing on the eve of the Republican National Convention August 27-30 [in Tampa, Florida]. Exhibitors are reporting busloads arriving at theaters around the country in pre-organized trips.”

Deadline adds that the film’s marketing team employed similar techniques to those used to plug Christian movies, “understandable since the audience is overlapping.” Additionally, 2016 Obama’s America was promoted nationally on talk radio and cable channels such as Fox News, MSNBC, A&E, and The History Channel.

Premium Rush, The Apparition have modest debuts

As expected, the weekend’s two new entries, Premium Rush and The Apparition, performed quite modestly. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the former earned $1.97 million on Friday (est. $5.5-6 million weekend), while the latter, starring Twilight‘s Ashley Greene, brought in $1.17 million on Friday (est. $3-3.5 million weekend).

Official weekend box office estimates come out Sunday morning. Box-office actuals will be announced on Monday.

Barack Obama 2016 Obama’s America movie image: Rocky Mountain Pictures.

Aug. 25 early morning

2016 Obama’s America Box Office: Friday’s no. 3 movie in North America?

2016 Obama’s America, Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan’s anti-Obama documentary screening at 1,090 (some sources state 1,096) locations, was the no. 3 movie at the North American box office on Friday, August 24, having collected $2.4 million according to early, rough estimates found at Deadline.com. Friday’s top slot easily went to the Sylvester Stallone / Liam Hemsworth / Jason Statham actioner The Expendables 2, which grossed an estimated $3.6 million, while the no. 2 slot has apparently gone to the Tony Gilroy / Jeremy Renner thriller The Bourne Legacy, with $2.5 million. (Image: Dinesh D’Souza 2016 Obama’s America.)

Now, bear in mind that those are unofficial figures. Official studio estimates come out Saturday morning. Only then will we have a better idea as to whether or not 2016 Obama’s America was indeed the no. 3 movie – or no. 2 or the no. 4: the gap between the anti-Obama documentary and The Bourne Legacy / ParaNorman (with $2.3m) is only $100,000.

2016 Obama’s America weekend figures: both above and below expectations?

As expected, 2016 Obama’s America‘s weekend figures will be solid, though, as per Deadline’s “sources,” less rosy than Friday’s. The D’Souza and Sullivan right-wing documentary is expected to gross around $6 million (no. 9 on the chart) by Sunday evening – at the lower end of most pundit’s expectations, though above Deadline’s own early Friday estimates ($3.7-5m). Earlier this week, some had raised the possibility that 2016 Obama’s America might end up topping the – extremely weak – weekend’s box office chart.

Premium Rush, The Apparition have modest debuts

Rounding out the top five on Friday were ParaNorman and the Will Ferrell / Zach Galifianakis comedy The Campaign. As expected, the weekend’s two new entries, Premium Rush and The Apparition, performed quite modestly. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the former earned $2 million on Friday (est. $6.1 million weekend), while the latter, starring Twilight‘s Ashley Greene, raked in $975k on Friday (est. $2.6 million weekend).

Remember: Those are early, rough, unofficial estimates. Considering how close most figures are, expect some switching around on Saturday morning; some more switching around on Sunday morning (when weekend estimates are released); and some more on Monday, after the weekend’s box office actuals are announced.

Dinesh D’Souza 2016 Obama’s America movie image: Rocky Mountain Pictures.

Aug. 24

2016 Obama’s America Box Office: early Friday’s no. 1 movie in North America

According to a New York Times movie chart, its readers are mostly interested in David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, a bizarre comedy-drama starring Robert Pattinson as a Manhattan billionaire on his way to getting a fateful haircut. Elsewhere, right-wing radio talk-show listeners, Fox News watchers, and Fandango ticket buyers are focusing on another bizarre comedy-drama, this one starring U.S. president Barack Obama on his way to a fateful election. (Image: Barack Obama 2016 Obama’s America.)

In case you didn’t know, there are a lot of Americans out there who believe that Barack Obama is The Other in extremis: a black anti-Christian foreign-born Muslim-colored gay-loving baby-killing anti-military Marxist (or radical Socialist) bent on destroying the United States. Instead of heading to their nearest lunatic asylum, those people are headed to the movies, and Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan’s anti-Obama documentary 2016 Obama’s America, screening at 1,090 locations, is their weekend movie of choice.

Could 2016 Obama’s America beat The Expendables 2?

Depending on the box office prognosticator, 2016 Obama’s America, which is based on D’Souza’s 2010 book The Roots of Obama’s Rage and, surely, is also attracting the curious, is expected to gross anywhere between $5.5-8.5 million (or whereabouts) this weekend. One pundit says she wouldn’t be surprised if the movie outgrossed all others, which means a weekend take north of $12-$13 million.

At 169 locations last weekend, D’Souza and Sullivan’s documentary – lambasted by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Variety – took in $1.24 million, averaging a solid $7,365 per site. And it has continued to perform quite well during the week.

True, whereas most movies on the North American box office chart were up on Tuesday, 2016 Obama’s America was slightly down. On the other hand, whereas most movies were down on Wednesday and Thursday, the documentary was up on both days. In fact, Deadline.com reports that 2016 Obama’s America is so far the no. 1 movie in North America on Friday, though The Expendables 2 is expected to overtake the right-wing documentary this evening. As per Deadline’s, based on very early, very rough predictions, the documentary should end the weekend with $3.7-5 million – if so, that’ll be quite a bit below expectations. We’ll see.

Note: Rotten Tomatoes doesn’t have a top critics’ rating for 2016 Obama’s America as yet; their “fresh” tomato next to the highly critical review by Variety‘s Joe Leydon is simply inane.

Barack Obama 2016 Obama’s America movie image: Rocky Mountain Pictures.

2016 Obama’s America vs. Fahrenheit 9/11: Absurd comparisons

At this stage, it seems highly probable that Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan’s 2016 Obama’s America will be a solid first-wide-weekend grosser. How solid, remains to be seen. But those who expect it to be no. 1 on the box office chart are in all probability being much too optimistic (or pessimistic, depending on their political views), while those comparing 2016 Obama’s America‘s popularity and “zeitgeist-appeal” to that of Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 are in dire need of a reality check. (Image: Barack Obama 2016 Obama’s America.)

Back in 2004, Fahrenheit 9/11 opened with $23.92 million (approx. $31 million adjusted for inflation) at 898 locations, averaging $27,558 (approx. 35,600 adjusted) per site. Even if 2016 Obama’s America miraculously ends up raking in $12 million this weekend, that’s only 50 percent of the (non-adjusted) box office take of Moore’s anti-George W. Bush documentary and about 45 percent of its (non-adjusted) per-theater average.

Fahrenheit 9/11: Unheard-of documentary blockbuster

Fahrenheit 9/11 went on to gross $119.19 million in North America and $103.25 million overseas. 2016 Obama’s America will be very lucky if it reaches $35 million domestic and $30,000 internationally. In terms of prestige and accolades, let’s not even go there.

As per Deadline, “Hollywood distribution experts” expect 2016 Obama’s America to follow a similar trajectory to that of Kirk Cameron’s Fundamentalist Christian movie Fireproof. The Christian drama topped Fandango’s advance sales and was no. 3 on opening-day Friday – but was down to no. 6 on Saturday and ended up in the no. 4 slot on the weekend box office chart, with $6.83 million at 839 locations. Ultimately, Fireproof went on to cume at $33.45 million in North America – plus $16,980 in South Korea.

The Expendables 2 to top box office chart

The Sylvester Stallone-Jason Statham-Liam Hemsworth actioner The Expendables 2 should remain on top of the dead-on-arrival domestic box office, grossing around $12 million, followed by Tony Gilroy-Jeremy Renner’s The Bourne Legacy with approximately $8-9 million, and Chris Butler-Sam Fell’s ParaNorman with $8.5 million.

Things get iffier after that: aside from the expansion of 2016 Obama’s America, there are new entries Premium Rush, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and The Apparition, with Twilight‘s Ashley Greene. Both movies are expected to be modest performers, but how modest is unclear. Premium Rush projections range from $5-8m; The Apparition from $2-5 million.

Barack Obama 2016 Obama’s America movie image: Rocky Mountain Pictures.

Aug. 23

2016 Obama’s America Movie: A right-wing blockbuster in the making?

2016 Obama’s America has to date earned $2.41 million in North America. Released by Rocky Mountain Pictures, the same company that distributed last year’s box office disaster Atlas Shrugged: Part I, the Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan-directed documentary expands from 169 to 1,090 venues this coming weekend, right before the Republican National Convention, which runs Aug. 27-30, in Tampa, Florida.

Based on D’Souza’s book The Roots of Obama’s Rage, 2016 Obama’s America claims to reveal “the real” Barack Obama, while offering dire warnings about what will happen to the United States and the world if Obama is allowed to remain four more years at the White House.

Praised by far-right commentators, D’Souza and Sullivan’s film has been lambasted by both the New York Times (“Not interviewed by the filmmakers are Obama’s political supporters, but this isn’t that kind of documentary”) and Variety (“For the bulk of its running time, [2016 Obama’s America] comes off as a cavalcade of conspiracy theories, psycho-politico conjectures and incendiary labeling”). Elsewhere, 2016 Obama’s America has been all but ignored.

2016 Obama’s America movie box office

Reports about 2016 Obama’s America success at the domestic box office have been grossly exaggerated – and downright misleading.

True, though screening at only 169 locations, this past weekend 2016 Obama’s America was no. 13 on the domestic box office chart. That’s quite remarkable. The top twelve movies, for instance, were all screening at 1,000+ locations.

But if we’re going to claim that Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan’s anti-Obama documentary is some sort of “limited-release blockbuster,” then we should be even more impressed by the performance of a Hindi-language actioner, Ek Tha Tiger: no. 14 on the chart, though screening at only 120 venues – and without the assistance of free publicity on right-wing radio talk shows and Fox News. Starring Salman Khan, Ek Tha Tiger‘s per-theater average was more than $2,000 above that of 2016 Obama’s America: $9,495 vs. $7,365.

2016 Obama’s America: The Fandango data dance

Oh, but 2016 Obama’s America is the top ticket seller at Fandango! Isn’t that a testament to its popularity?

First of all, according to Fandango’s own website, “the Fandango 5 is a list determined by the top five selling movies on Fandango from Wednesday to Friday each week.” If the current list reflects this week’s ticket sales (i.e., Wednesday so far) and one blindly accepts that as a “box-office indicator,” then that means 2016 Obama’s America will be North America’s biggest movie next weekend, followed by Tony Gilroy / Jeremy Renner’s The Bourne Legacy (which plummeted 55 percent last weekend), Peter Hedges / Jennifer Garner’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green (no. 7 last weekend), Sylvester Stallone / Jason Statham’s The Expendables 2 (the top movie in the last five days), and Will Ferrell / Zach Galifianakis’ The Campaign (no. 4 last weekend). (On Thursday, the top movies were 2016 Obama’s America, The Bourne Legacy, The Expendables 2, The Campaign, The Dark Knight Rises.)

Now, how many people believe this coming weekend’s North American box office chart will look just like Fandango’s Wednesday (or Thursday) chart? I should note that opening on Wednesday was Dax Shepard / Bradley Cooper’s Hit & Run, and opening on Friday are Todd Lincoln / Ashley Greene’s The Apparition and David Koepp / Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Premium Rush. None of the three films is on Fandango’s top-five chart.

Also, how does one explain the fact that 2016 Obama’s America was one of only two movies – out of about 40 – on the Box Office Mojo chart to have gone down, however slightly (-1.5 percent), on Tuesday, Aug. 21? (The other one was To the Arctic.) Every other movie was up; among the top ten, increases ranged from 8 percent (Whitney Houston’s Sparkle) to 34 percent (Meryl Streep / Tommy Lee Jones’ Hope Springs).

2016 Obama’s America box office performance: Too early to tell

Am I thus saying that 2016 Obama’s America will bomb? Hardly. Instead, I’m merely conveying the facts. And before anyone starts calling the D’Souza / Sullivan documentary a sleeper hit, let’s see how the movie fares in the next two weekends. Only then we’ll be able to truly gauge its box office popularity.

2016 Obama’s America Movie: No. 2 documentary in 2012?

Claims that 2016 Obama’s America is the no. 2 documentary in 2012 are at best misleading. It all depends on what the commentator in question wants to label a “documentary.” To date, five non-fiction films released in North America in 2012 remain ahead of 2016 Obama’s America: Chimpanzee ($28.97 million), Katy Perry: Part of Me ($25.22 million), To the Arctic ($7.73 million), Bully ($3.49 million), and Jiro Dreams of Sushi ($2.55m). By Friday, 2016 Obama’s America should be no. 4. (Image: Barack Obama’s brother George Obama / Dinesh D’Souza 2016 Obama’s America.)

Something else: claims that 2016 Obama’s America is the all-time no. 12 “political documentary” are at best ignorant. The source for this bit of misinformation is clearly Box Office Mojo – which just as clearly states that its chart covers 1982–present. “Time” didn’t begin in 1982. Really, it didn’t. Just ask the filmmakers of classic political documentaries such as The Spanish Earth, Hearts and Minds, Harlan County U.S.A., The Sorrow and the Pity, and To Die in Madrid.

And finally, a quick glance at the Box Office Mojo chart will tell you that their figures for the ’80s are incomplete. In fact, the only ’80s “political documentary” found on the chart is Michael Moore’s 1989 release Roger & Me.

So, are we supposed to believe that Oscar-winning / -nominated documentaries such as Down and Out in America, Witness to Apartheid, The Times of Harvey Milk, Seeing Red, and Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie each earned less than $1,088* at the domestic box office? That would be ludicrous even if we blithely choose to ignore inflation.

2016 Obama’s America movie budget

2016 Obama’s America cost a reported $2.5 million (some sources claim $2.1 million). Generally speaking, exhibitors keep 50 percent of a movie’s box office gross. If we apply that to Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan’s documentary (assuming that the reported budget is accurate), 2016 Obama’s America will have to gross anywhere between $4.2-$5 million to match its production costs at the domestic box office. (That should happen this coming weekend.) Note that the film’s budget doesn’t include marketing and distribution expenses, which should be considerable for a movie that will shortly be presented at more than 1,000 locations.

One doesn’t have to be clairvoyant to foresee insignificant – if any – international sales for 2016 Obama’s America, as the anti-Obama obsession is a characteristic of the American Right. Elsewhere, right-wingers and other nationalists have their own (perceived or factual) “liberal” leaders to hate.

And make sure to check out Ryan Chittum’s 2010 Columbia Journalism Review piece, which called Dinesh D’Souza’s Forbes cover story “How Obama Thinks” a “fact-twisting, error-laden piece of paranoia” and “a singularly disgusting work.”

* That’s the box office cume of the no. 108 political documentary on Box Office Mojo’s chart, The Empire in Africa.

2016 Obama’s America Movie: Box-Office Bomb or ‘Arthouse’ Hit?

Aug. 20: Distributed by Rocky Mountain Pictures, the same company that last year handled the distribution of the box office disaster Atlas Shrugged: Part I – so disastrous, in fact, that parts II and III were initially scrapped – 2016 Obama’s America has to date taken in an estimated $2.06 million in North America.

Co-directed and co-written by author and commentator Dinesh D’Souza and producer John Sullivan (Ducks, The Hitchhiker), and based on D’Souza’s book The Roots of Obama’s Rage, 2016 Obama’s America is just that: the United States under four more years of Barack Obama in the White House as seen through a right-wing prism. (I should add that one of the film’s producers is Gerald R. Molen, who was also one of the producers of Steven Spielberg’s Best Picture Oscar winner Schindler’s List.)

Inevitably praised by far-right pundits, 2016 Obama’s America has been mostly ignored elsewhere. The film, however, has the honor of having been noticed by the New York Times. Needless to say, that bastion of radical far-left thought (or so right-wingers claim) gave D’Souza and Sullivan’s documentary a scathing review.

Referring to 2016 Obama’s America as “strident,” the Times’ critic Andy Webster explained: “Eventually, we see blunt imagery like Benjamin Franklin’s face on a burning $100 bill and a shot of the Statue of Liberty. Not interviewed by the filmmakers are Obama’s political supporters, but this isn’t that kind of documentary. At a show on Saturday night, the film’s conclusion was met with claps and cries of ‘Romney!,’ ‘Ron Paul!,’ ‘Reagan!’ and ‘Another Reagan!'”

Variety‘s Joe Leydon was equally unimpressed. “For the bulk of its running time,” writes Leydon, 2016 Obama’s America “comes off as a cavalcade of conspiracy theories, psycho-politico conjectures and incendiary labeling – ‘breathtakingly anti-America’ is only one of the epithets tossed about like so much confetti – as D’Souza and assorted interviewees question Obama’s patriotism, deny his support of Israel, decry his Big Government programs, and generally recycle claims, charges and dire warnings D’Souza (and others) have previously promulgated in books, lectures, op-ed screeds and various Fox News guest appearances.”

(In case you’re wondering how Joe Leydon’s negative take on 2016 Obama’s America could be considered a “fresh tomato” on Rotten Tomatoes, that’s further evidence of the inanity of that site’s movie-review-labeling practices.)

2016 Obama’s America movie box office

At one location in Texas, 2016 Obama’s America collected $31,610 on its debut weekend, July 13-15. The addition of a handful of theaters in the next three weekends didn’t necessarily lead to higher revenues, but an expansion to 61 locations on weekend no. 5 (Aug. 10-12) led to a surge in ticket sales, followed by another surge this past weekend (Aug. 17-19): $1.24 million at 169 sites, for a not inconsiderable $7,365 per-theater average.

2016 Obama’s America was no. 13 on the domestic box office chart, right behind Seth MacFarlane / Mark Wahlberg’s Ted – it should be noted that the top 12 movies were all screening at more than 1,000 theaters. Among the weekend’s top 20 movies, 2016 Obama’s America per-theater average trailed only those of Salman Khan’s Hindi-language actioner Ek Tha Tiger ($9,495 at 120 locations) and Sylvester Stallone / Liam Hemsworth’s The Expendables 2 ($8,622 at 3,316 locations).

So, is 2016 Obama’s America an “arthouse” hit? Well, not exactly. Though not a downright bomb, after six weekends 2016 Obama’s America has yet to reach its reported $2.5 million budget. (That should easily happen next weekend.) And bear in mind that the film has grossed less than half of Atlas Shrugged: Part I‘s $4.26 million.

2016 America’s Obama Movie vs. Atlas Shrugged

So, why was Atlas Shrugged: Part I a box office bomb? Because it cost a reported $20 million. Directed by Paul Johansson, the critically massacred adaptation of the first third or so of Ayn Rand’s mammoth novel featured Taylor Schilling as Dagny Taggart (Schilling is now much better known as Zac Efron’s romantic interest in The Lucky One), Grant Bowler, and Michael O’Keefe. [Photo: Dinesh D’Souza and George Obama in 2016 Obama’s America.]

Now, if accurate, 2016 Obama’s America‘s tiny budget makes it a much safer commercial bet than something as ambitious as Atlas Shrugged. But then again, keep in mind that at least 50 percent of a film’s box office gross goes to the exhibitors, and that 2016 Obama’s America‘s $2.5 million production budget doesn’t include distribution and marketing costs.

For comparison’s sake: Atlas Shrugged‘s best weekend was its first, when the Ayn Rand adaptation raked in $1.68 million at 299 venues, averaging $5,640 per site. From then on, it was a steep downhill ride. Now, remember that all things being equal, the fewer the number of theaters, the higher the per-theater average should be – hence, 2016 Obama’s America‘s $7,365 average at 169 venues doesn’t necessarily mean “a bigger success” than Atlas Shrugged.

Thus, at this stage it’s unclear whether 2016 Obama’s America will have enough stamina to allow for further expansions, or if the far-right fan base of Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan’s documentary has already been exhausted. Next weekend will tell us.

2016 Obama’s America vs. Fahrenheit 9/11

Wrapping this up: comparisons have been made between 2016 Obama’s America and Michael Moore’s global blockbuster Fahrenheit 9/11. But only a far-right lunatic could believe that 2016 Obama’s America will achieve anything even remotely close to the success and prestige of Moore’s effort, which earned $222.4 million worldwide in addition to dozens of awards.

In fact, chances of 2016 Obama’s America finding any distribution – let alone finding success – outside the United States (and perhaps Canada?) are slim, as each country’s right-wing crowd (and their fellow nationalists of whichever political persuasion) have their own local demons and heroes. They couldn’t care less about those of their American counterparts.


Dinesh D’Souza and George Obama 2016 Obama’s America photo: Rocky Mountain Pictures.

Barack Obama’s brother George Obama / Dinesh D’Souza 2016 Obama’s America movie image: Rocky Mountain Pictures.

Barack Obama 2016 Obama’s America movie image: Rocky Mountain Pictures.

2016 movie image: George Obama, Barack Obama’s half-brother, in 2016 Obama’s America via Rocky Mountain Pictures.

Barack Obama 2016 Obama’s America (“2016 movie”) poster: Rocky Mountain Pictures.

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

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TimRivers -

@Jennifer72 TimRivers 
Seriously, these guys are more crooked than Chicago politicians in the 20’s and 30’s.
No Ontario budget numbers or policy projections are accurate. They are more cooked than and overdone turkey.

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Jennifer72 -

TimRivers If you’re referring to Ontario’s “program spending,” — the lowest per capita in Canada — then your information, figures, and previsions are all wrong. Check this out:
fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2013/ch1c.html
globalresearch.ca/austerity-redux-crisis-in-ontarios-health-care-system/5336088
conferenceboard.ca/topics/economics/budgets/ontario_2013.aspx
policymonitor.ca/ontario-2012-2013-provincial-budget

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TimRivers -

@Jennifer72 TimRivers 
Sorry your wrong, I live in Ontario Canada and the provinces run the health care here with federal help. Currently the provincial budget has health care as half of it’s budget plus we pay and additional $1200 a year per person to the province as a surcharge because they don’t have enough money to pay the bills. The doctor also can only make so much and every procedure is rated by the government and they can only make so much.  According to trends that are being set if it continues we will pay all the provincial budget for health care by the middle of the century.  This province is currently  over $180 billion in debt due to health care and education costs rising much faster than they can tax people.

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Jennifer72 -

TimRivers You’re right that one can dislike or criticize Obama and not be a racist. But you’re TOTALLY wrong when you say that health care in Canada “is currently taking up 50% of the budgets [sic].” Not sure where you got your (way off the mark) info, but Canada spends about 10% of its GDP on health care — vs. 16% in the (mostly privately owned) U.S. You might want to stop getting your info from far-right websites and/or Fox News.

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TimRivers -

@Norm T.  Because a person does not agree with Obama’s political beliefs such as bigger government and more government involment in person’s life doesn’t mean that they are racist.. You are right mostly about what you say about Bush but now we have a government that has indebted the nation twice as much as Bush did and now is about to try and have government take over health care Canada style by pushing a system that is bound to fail and then the government will have to pick it up the mess that is left. Health care in Canada is currently taking up 50% of the budgets and accelerating. If something isn’t done soon it will take all the budget in 30 years.   Obama’s foreign policy has been abysmal and it’s his government that is listening in all everything you online or on your phone. They are even building a huge new NSA bunker in Nevada I think that will listen in on everything you do or anyone else in the word including other friendly leaders. This is being done during Obama’s tenure not Bush’s.

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Doctor Sandman -

One thing you have to give it to the Left… the perpetual re-write of history and the deliberate lies that you need to go along with their constant attempts to corrupt government and enslave the average American.
Every problem we have ts someone eases fault, i.e., double the income tax, enact hundreds of new, and usually UN-Constitutional “laws” to consolidate their over reaching power over the American people with one hand and point the finger of blame at the “right-wing” with the other.
No president in history has been so power-mad and tyranical and so quick to deny the human rights he demands for this countries enemies.
This man is a bigot and a racist and only gets away with stealing, both billions of dollars and their basic human rights, from the American people by having the ultra-Left press cover up his numerous misdeeds.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Diane Helms -

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

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Ted -

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

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Michael Hsu -

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

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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.

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Brad -

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

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Rockin64 -

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

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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!

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spike -

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Kyle -

So could it be that the Democrat’s large Hollywood influence accounts for the inordinate support that Michael Moore’s film received (i.e. award nominations and positive press) versus D’Souza’s? I work in Hollywood and I’m quite aware of the significant political discrepancy here. I’ve seen both Fahrenheit 911 and 2016. They’re virtually the same thing, on opposite sides of the ideological isle. Both movies exposing things that supposedly happened in the past, that may or may not be supported by the mainstream media or by any facts at all. And when it comes to international support for Moore’s film we must understand that many of the foreign countries that nominated it for an award are socialist Western European nations. Of course they will lean towards the liberal work of Michael Moore. To say that Michael Moore did a better job with his propaganda film is merely ones opinion as many of Moore’s and D’Souza’s affirmations cannot be proven. Both producers obviously have an agenda. So lets not say that because Moore’s movie brought in more box office money and received more award nominations, that it’s more credible or better than D’Souza’s. Both producers did an excellent job of seducing the close-minded members of the far left and far right in this country.

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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?

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Lindangel -

The movie “2016” is very powerful! I did not vote for Obama and will not again in November. I had already studied the man and knew what his ideology was. The movie just connected all the dots. God help us all if he gets re-elected!

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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.

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Gadfly32 -

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

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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?

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Martin -

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

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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”.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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metalbuoy -

Funny, bored since my eagles barely scraped out a win against what i thought would be the hapless browns, i get on the web and expect to see doom and gloom about 2016 the movie…and i get exactly that….. where do i go for actual straight up and down (no left or right slant) commentary, fact, truth? obviously not on this website.

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Mark -

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

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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”.

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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.

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Alex -

Hilarious how desperately this “reporter” wants to portray this film as a flash in the pan fluke. It’s a hit, no matter how you slice it. Perhaps prophetic of November’s results? Time shall tell.

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Wil Compa -

This movie is intense and riveting. It presents and supports a very different, shocking and worrisome view of our current president. If you are an Obama supporter, I challenge you to see this movie. After you see it, if you still want to vote for Obama, then at least you can do so with the full knowledge that you are a true Obamabot. Please see Nancy Pelosi’s speech at the DNC and tell me if she is not treating all the delegates as though they are brain dead Obamabots.

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Bill -

Big difference: Moore’s movie
was fiction. u

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truth2012 -

This is balanced documentary film for independent thinker. As John F. Kennedy once said, and I quote. “A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”

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Cherchez LaFemme. -

I saw the movie. It is riveting. There are many minutes throughout of Obama speaking in his own voice, quoting from his book, Dreams from My Father. In my humble opinion, this is a MUST SEE movie-a cultual glimpse into a life shaped from a young age by political and social factors that have clearly had a permanent impact on this child who grew to be president.

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Leslie Bott -

I suppose the fact that movie venues and newspapers did not list the movie as being featured should not be thrown into the equation. Americans who are too dull to realize that pertinent news information is intently being withheld should be angered. Liberals want to believe what they want to believe and God forbid facts be presented to the contrary of what they want. Reminds me of the children’s story about the king with no clothes. The unsupported hysteria surrounding Obama is scary. Facts people. You need to get the facts and be prepared if they are not what you want to hear.

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Hix -

2016 is a frightening movie. How Obama was elected is frightening. The American voters who elected him are the most frightening.

Let’s hope and pray we all use our brains this November.

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Janice Michel -

Movie sends a chill through your very soul. Should be required viewing before anyone can
vote.

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Gracie F -

Go Obama!!!!!!!

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Suzanne -

I thought the movie was very well done. It wasn’t an Obama bashing
Movie, but a documentary of the time line of events , in the life of Obama, and how it shaped him politically today. A must see.

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Barry -

Wow, you people aren’t left biased AT ALL, are you??? 2016 is going to keep on going as more and more people find out about it. I won’t be surprised if it reaches $30 million+

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Andybinga -

Your liberal hit piece on 2016 will not work.

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zac -

@Brian,

Your comment may not have been boring, but it’s both inaccurate and misleading.

First, “2016 Obama’s America” doesn’t have the second highest per-theater average on the Box Office Mojo Monday (Labor Day) chart. Look at it again.

Second, the “2016” movie, though it has been out for 53 days, expanded to 1,091 locations ten days ago. It expanded to 1,747 locations only this past weekend. In other words, it has been in wide release for only 10 days.

Third, the report (it’s not a “review”) is discussing the film’s dramatic per-theater average drop-off rate based on studio estimates published Monday. If that’s a falsehood, it was not of our making. (In fact, figures weren’t as bad as initially reported — by the studio/exhibitors — though the movie was indeed down compared to the previous weekend. More on that in a follow-up article.)

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Brian -

The latest financial figures for 9/3/12 show 2016 ranked at # 7, with a per screen average of $1,093. That’s the highest of all movies listed, with the exception of the #1 movie The Possession. And The Possession had been in theaters for 4 days v. 53 days for 2016. (If you look at the entire past weekend, 2016 made $4303, the 3rd highest per-theater gross after The Possession and Lawless.)

So you start your review with a clear falsehood.

I didn’t read the rest, because you’re boring.

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Rosanne -

Brilliant movie. You obviously want to see it fail in order for America not to see the TRUTH about what he is doing to this country. Why do you call it right wing? It is factual and does not show the least bit of right wing rhetoric. Many of us saw this in him prior to the election but he charmed and deceived many. It is as balanced as can be unlike your blog about the movie

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Diane -

Maybe the ratings dropped due to the fact that somehow in certain areas of this great country it has not been published..I live in NC and heard about the movie from a friend, who claimed the local newspapers are not listing it under the Cinama sections of the papers and some papers are not lisitng any movies at the theaters the past few weeks. She only new about it playing because she called the theater to find out what was showing. So I looked in the evening paper and she was right no local theater listings at all. Seems like a consperacy going on here to keep people from seeing this movie.NOW I really want to see it. Think this might have somethinbg to do with the ratings????????

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Charles Monachello -

I have voted Democratic as many times as I have voted Republican. So I am no diehard Republican. My problem with Obama is he does not lead, he absolutely does not understand business. Proof why would we think a guy who has not worked five minutes in a real business, who thinks unions are the answer and attacks success is going to have an answer to creating jobs. Add to that unrelenting spending on BS.

This all really bothers me. After seeing 2016 I finally understood why so many things he did were so disappointing to me.

His Hope and Change which electrified so many in 2008. Now sounds so phoney and undelivered. Need I say any more?

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john -

A story written before the figures were in. Wow!! the liberal media the weekend take was actually Aug 31–Sep 2 9 $5,608,973 -13.8% for 8th position , however for the long weekend including labor day £7.5 million an increase of almost 16% from the previous week end for an7 th position ahead of dark knight rises total so far more than £20.6 million.

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editor -

@john

Actually, more like a comment written before the commenter bothered reading the article, which is referring to per-theater averages.
And a misleading, erroneous comment at that: the recently expanded “2016 Obama’s America” was NOT ahead of TDKR this past weekend (whether or not you include Monday figures).

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david -

lol at all the paid marketing firm comments below masquerading as “fans” of this “documentary”

Sorry, folks, numbers don’t lie. Per-Theater average down 51% . Rush Limbaugh can only move the needle so far and then you have the rest of America who could give a crap about this film and will never see it.

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Former Republican -

This “mockumentary” is good theater. If you like conspiracy theory and still believe Roswell houses dead aliens from a spacecraft, this film will provide plenty of material for your over-active imagination. I waited for week #2 to avoid the hordes of angry “believers” that were anxious to experience the community of hate and discontent and report their experience on a favorite blog. Considering the entire premise is built on a “relationship” between a son and his father, a father the son once met for a day…well, that leaves the viewer to accept the idea that “anti-colonialism” is passed from generation to generation through a remarkable set of genes that have yet to be discovered. Or maybe they HAVE been discovered but remain unidentified as the film races from one false premise to another. The dots are predictably connected because, after all, the dots are created by the original author with a specific purpose. The purpose? To sell tickets to a captive audience of blog fans and Fox viewers. Not a bad market when you consider the minimal budget.

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editor -

REALITY CHECK:
Box-office estimates are generally provided by the distributor in conjunction with data provided by exhibitors. In the case of “2016 Obama’s America,” the releasing company is Rocky Mountain Pictures.

There’s no “Liberal Cabal” attempting to obfuscate the 2016 movie’s box-office performance this past weekend, much like there was no “Conservative Cabal” exaggerating the documentary’s impressive box-office figures from the previous two weekends.

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Dave M -

Never understood personally about Obama’s popularity numbers. I could see it initially, with all the “Hope and Change” people were mesmorized and felt he had good intentions, wanting to bring the country together. I believe the “likeability” poll numbers are false, most do not want to say they do not “like” the first African-American President for fear of being labeled racist.

Had he moderated like Bill Clinton he might have made something of his Presidency. Instead he tacts hard left and these kind of documentaries really do show where he is coming from. Despite that, many people don’t seem to care about his past or underlying beliefs, only about what he has/will do for us. Nobody I know is better off today than when he took office, I just hope moderate-thinking voters see that Romney/Ryan offers are good and decent people offering a better alternative to the uncontrolled spending of the Democrat (aka handout) party.

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Kathy -

I really liked this movie. It helps you to understand where Obama’s ideology comes from. And it explains why that ideology is dangerous for America as we know it.

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Sandy -

The movie is great. Do yourself a favor and see it!

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Mike's country -

Don is right… the film industry will make sure the popularity of this documentary is buried. Like “pisher” is doing in his/her comments, they will blame any and all problems on a Republican… anyone other than the person in office and in charge. Even a Democrat because they were “charisma-free”. Again, we don’t need personalities, we need leaders.
Pisher, exactly how has Obama made anything better? To what could you possibly be referring in your observation that Obama has done “an amazing job”? More of the same? No thanks. Unless you’re one of the many recipients of the growing entitlement programs designed by governments to promote larger governments through it’s citizen’s dependency on a centralized Federal “sugar-daddy”, then your life has NOT improved over the last four years. If you are one of those government dependents, congratulations and please, at least cash my check with a “thank you” and a little respect.

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pisher -

@don Atkins-love your “The real box office stats are being kept secret by the liberal media” theory. Keep the faith, wingers! You’ll need it. FOUR. MORE. YEARS. :D

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pisher -

Fahrenheit 9/11 was mainly an attack on Bush. It was many times more popular than Obama/2016, indicating a much higher level of anger at Bush than people currently feel towards Obama (who remains liked by the majority of Americans). And yet Bush actually performed better in the 2004 election than he had in 2000, winning the popular vote by a small margin. Didn’t help that the Dems had a charisma-free flip-flopping patrician candidate, of course. Hmmmm…..

Whatever disappointments people feel with Obama (that are mainly due to the Republicans deliberately setting out to keep him from doing anything, because they always put party over country), he’s done an amazing job as President, and he’ll do even more in his second term. Romney is just so weak and doesn’t seem to have anything remotely resembling a conscience.

And Clint Eastwood is-well-old. Guess it happens to everybody. :)

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don Atkins -

I find it amazing. Went to three movies this weekend at two different theaters. The number one movie that had the most people in it was 2016. Box office stats will not get out about this!

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welrdelr -

I thought about going but I can not take any more of Obama. It has come to the point that people vote for a new president because they can’t stand the man in office. Obama is the same as Bush deficit spending, wars in the far east. What happened to bringing the troops home. How many Arab lives have been lost these endless wars?

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marc mode -

Saw the movie, i am an Independent after seeing this movie and also been working as a temp since 2009, i have to vote for Romney unless a miracle happens and a 3rd party rises then I am going to vote for Romney …obama has to go,

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Bruce -

“the right-wing documentary about U.S. president Barack”….ahem. Beg your pardon!! Early afternoon show was packed.

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rick -

Still have not got to see 2016 yet, but heard it is very good from friends. And yes, Mr. Eastwood was great at the RNC. I will also be going to see his new movie.

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TimeHasCome -

I saw the film . the theater was mostly empty . I voted for Barrack , but I’ve been un-employed since Oct. 14 2009 . I have had it with him and I want change and a real job over $9 per hour .

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Greg -

Everyone should see this amazing film. Brilliant work!

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mary -

Obama is not telling the truth….He shouldnt run as a democrat when
he is a marxist/communist. If Obama wins then the America we love and know
will only be in our memory. We will lose our freedom to live..we will simply exist.
Time for Obama to leave the White House and go back to community service.

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Steve S. -

Every American must see this film. We have narrowly escaped total disaster in the past. We may not be so lucky this time. Everyone needs to see precisely who this man is before placing him at the helm of our nation for another four years only to destroy everything we have stood for in our 236 years of freedom. It’s frightening. And, by the way, who is this clown “zivo24” who thinks this is a joke? Because if America doesn’t get wise and elect a leader this time around, everyone including “zivo” is in for a rude awakening. Brace yourselves.

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Glenn Hall -

Excellent point about Old Hollywood… While certain prominent folks may have been conservative (John Wayne and Ronald Reagan jump to mind), it seems implausible that Voight would be unaware of the Red Scare.

Or maybe that’s the point… After a string of scandals in the 20s, Hollywood tried to reign in its image. And the filmmakers of Old Hollywood were either from families who had only recently immigrated, or were immigrants themselves, and their films often reflect a very assimilationist Melting Pot view of America which could, perhaps, be seen as conservative — in retrospect. But looking at the range of films from Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, to Gentleman’s Agreement, to A Face In The Crowd… It’s tough to imagine that those films, or the filmmakers behind them, would be seen as conservative.

If anything, the Hollywood Community seemed to take its first real conservative turn after the Film School Generation turned from directing to producing — and when backers realized they could use “Capitalism: A Love Story” to make a quick buck.

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J Simms -

Al See & Andy,

So, the “liberal media” is biased? Okay, fine. Let’s say they are, which of course is why they related to the American people whatever the Bush White House told THEM. No matter how false.

You think Michael Moore is biased? Fine.

BUT

Do you realy think the “conservative” media isn’t biased?
Do you realy think a far-right cable “news” channel like Fox News isn’t biased?
Do you realy think that a dangerous crackpot like Dinesh D’Souza isn’t biased?

Are you mad?? Or just a hypocrite??

If “Fahrenheit 9/11” is a hatchet job, “2016 Obama’s America” is more so. Worse.

You know why? Because unlike Moore, who blithely ridicules George Bush (and the so-called Liberal media), Dinesh D’Souza pretends he’s being fair and unbiased, presenting his “documentary” as a “real,” stately, serious assessement of Barack Obama. You can’t get either more dishonest or more cowardly than that.

And oh yeah, the “nanny state” (hah!) is bad. (And Obama really wants that, doesn’t he? True, he has been a good nanny to megarich bankers and major corporations, hasn’t he? But then again, so was Bush.)

So, instead, let’s have radical capitalists and Christian extremists in power so we can have the Tyrant State. Worse. The Tyrant Theocracy: freedom for the Right-Wing (Christian) Elite, subjugation for everybody else.

I hope one day you and your ilk live in a country like that. But that country will have to be far, far away from me and everybody else I care about.

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mplo -

I’m not a fan of Obama either, but “2016” sounds like a bunch of BS, if I may say so. I’ll definitely put “2016” on my “don’t see” list regarding movies.

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Al See -

The $ sign doesn’t really matter, it will be the result that counts. The difference between Fahrenheit 9/11 and 2016 Audiences are the following:
2016 versus F 9/11
Purpose: Knowing Obama belittling Bush
Goal : Saving America have fun at the expense of others (Bush)
Audience: hard-working American non-committal / self- centered /me-first generation
Attitude: seek the TRUTH enjoy and have a good time
Result: go out and vote got entertained / blame Bush for everything

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Andy -

Mr. Gille, you referred to various entertainment organizations and critics who lauded FAHRENHEIT 9/11, but that is an absolutely meaningless way to compare/contrast these two documentaries. The reality is that most in the entertainment industry are political and moral liberals who are irrational and who fawn over Obama and hate all things Republican or conservative-or in fact just plain decent. Naturally they’re going to either ignore or denigrate 2016 after having fallen in love with the hugely biased, liberal, inaccurate, and nauseating crapfest that is any Michael Moore film.

Hollywoodites (and their ideological allies in other countries) don’t parallel average Americans, who have a far more pronounced split in their ideologies. And while FAHR. will have made more $$ than 2016, much of that was no doubt due to the war in Iraq and disillusionment with the Bush administration (which I shared, by the way)-not because the bulk of America shares Hollywood or Michael Moore’s ideology.

Still, in the long run it’s the Moorites and the Hollywoodites who will likely win, because they offer entertainment, pleasure, and entitlement via the nanny state. This is simply a modern version of the Romans’ /panem et circenses/-“bread and circuses”-approach to winning the masses, which appeals to the baser instincts of human beings who wish to be coddled and distracted, and to have their moral predilections justified and rationalized.

At this point I have little hope for Western civilization.

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Paul Johnson -

After reading this review, I am definitely going to see the movie. If a die hard partisan liberal pseudo-blogger is steaming about it there must be a kernel of truth somewhere.

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Michael -

— lambasted by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Variety — If that is the case, then it definitely sounds like a movie I want to see.

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Norm T. -

The American economy nearly collapses while George W. Bush is in office. It’s Obama’s fault.

Phones wiretapped without warrants while Bush is in office. Obama is to blame.

The United States becomes enmeshed in two bloody wars - one of which a result of false (or “faulty”) information - that drain the country’s economy, Obama is to blame.

Bush and his cronies create Homeland Security and the Patriot Act and to hell with civil liberties. It’s all Obama’s fault.

Are you people psychotic?

Why don’t you just say outright that you hate and fear Obama because he’s black and was raised in a Muslim country?

Because if you think Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and their fellow power-hungry far-right Christians (Mormons belong to a Christian sect, too) will save the U.S. economy and increase/restore civil liberties, you’re either very stupid or completely totally irrevocably incurably INSANE.

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B.Z. -

@Zivo24, you took time out from your busy youtube viewing schedule to comment, I am honored. I understand your fear, if a conservative gets in office you’ll have to find a job and they will undoubtedly cut into your online gaming, but we all must do our part.

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Japos -

If this movie makes a lot of money or not. It is real and undeniable and that’s why the media does not want to talk about it. Those of you who continue to deny the truth will see the truth when if he is re-elected he is impeached for trying to turn this country into a state of Tyranny.

I was always a leftist and I now see clearly that it is the leftists that are the threat to our individual freedoms and liberty.

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rick ernst -

This movie was thoughtful, and on point. The movie allows you to draw your own conclusion, and states facts about Obama’s mentors. The only problem I have is the psychoanalysis about his father. I do not presume that Obama would feel or think a certain way because his father was non-existent. It is hard to argue against his actions toward lowering the standard of living in America. He has been very successful at this. It would make it hard to tell the truth on the campaign trail though.

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Joe -

How is a documentary about ones life anti? So, March of the Penguins must be anti penguin?

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Garyman -

We just got back from watching “2016”, and what an excellent documentary about a man (America’s 44th president), who most people knew nothing about. I learned more about Obama in that 90 minutes than I learned since his election campaign of 2007.
It looks like all those millions Obama spent keeping his past “sealed” can’t keep everybody from finding much of his hidden past. At the end of the documentary the theater applauded with such exuberance, which I haven’t seen since E.T. was released.
EVERY AMERICAN CITIZEN NEEDS TO SEE THIS DOCUMENTARY!
This should have been revealed to American voters in 2007!

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RaTTOO -

High quality cinematography, well researched. I came away feeling greater compassion and sympathy for Obama. D’Souza was quite fair and used Obama’s own words to tell the story. Nevertheless, the truth about Obama’s background and neocolonial based hatred is frightening. It is now clear why Obama hates America and is hell-bent on destroying it. Obama’s fundamental ignorance of Economics and Finance is also explained. Anyone who votes for Obama in 2012 will have to be suicidal.

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Mike -

Seriously, comparing this documentary to movies? You fail to mention it is the top grossing on opening weeken in its category…documentaries.

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Louise Sultana -

This is a film for people of substance who want to understand who our current President is and why he does what he does. The book THE ROOTS OF OBAMA’S RAGE was like a light going on for me when I read it a year ago, and of course the movie is the same light going on for those who did not read the book. Extremely enlightening. It shows we have a completely irresponsible mainstream media who gave their candidate a complete pass and are still doing so. Sad. Maybe this election we can vote with the KNOWLEDGE of who Obama is. He is NOT the person he pretended to be four years ago. Everything he said back then was to fool the public. He succeeded. In 2012 he may not be so lucky.

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Alleghanygirl -

EVERYONE, black and white, left or right, needs to see this movie! Because unless you are one of the Very Wealthy Elites on the Left that the Marxists, Communists, Socialists, Anti-Colonialists, Islamists or whatever name you want to call yourselves who THINK you will be SOMEHOW exempted from loosing your wealth and your home or property when the *hit hits the fan it this president is re-elected you better think again! Look at the “old” history books, if you can find one, and look at pre-cold war USSR and how their citizens lived. Now look at how the citizens of Somolia, Kenya, Sudan, Haiti, Cuba, Brazil, and other third world countries live today. That is how this president wants us to live. He doesn’t care whether we are red, yellow, black or white skinned. He doesn’t care whether we are Democrats or Republicans. He doesn’t even care if we are rich or poor. Because he says, “our poor are rich compared the the poor of third world countries.” He has already just this past Friday, dissolved the missile defense system in Europe. Twelve year old children know that this leaves us defenseless!!! Twelve year olds!! Where are the adults out there? Quit looking for a handout all of the time! John Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln are both rolling in their graves right now!!! I heard President John F. Kennedy say, “Ask not what your Country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your Country!” All of you children of the Baby Boomers, and the tail end of the Baby Boomers, quit whinning, quit looking for an “easy” job and a “hand out”, get off your butt and start trying to save this Country! Because if this man is reelected, we won’t have a country anymore!
Oh, zivo24, go jump in a lake, in Nairobi, Kenya. Because people like you are the reason we are in this mess in the first place!

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CAROL -

Just returned from the theater. I have been at a loss to see how our country could be bamboozled into electing a man with zero experience, highly questionable associations, and explain the decisions he has made concerning our place in the world. This movie answers all those questions brilliantly. Anyone who cares about our country and it’s future should see this, there will be no question how you will vote in November.

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John Lafer -

Dinesh D’Souza’s Film 2016 Obama’s America

is a film that everyone must see. It is historical and also should

clear up the question;”who is Obama and what are his dreams”.

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George Rivet -

Waiting for the release in Lake Charles Louisiana area.

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zivo24 -

@B.Z.

One, two, three…ok, ALL RETHUGLICANTSS…get ready to regurgitate baseless rhetoric in unison!!!

“Waaah, the liberal media! waaaah waaah WAAAAHHH!!”

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B.Z. -

The truth is hard to swallow, especially for the liberal media. The liberal media has had things their way for so long - that they are truly blinded. The liberally media has handicapped itself, and the nation. So sad, and preventable.

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Ward Testerman -

I think this review/report misses the point entirely. This is a professionally done film vs the hack job of Michael Moore. The movie house I went to at 12:01am still had 40 or more people in a small theatre. I did not expect a line at that time of night and went because I was leaving town the next day. This is an excellent movie about a communist raised boy who happens to be our president. It has more factual information in it than all the ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and all the newspapers of the US have reported. No one has really looked at his mentors before this. Those who did, refused to report it. Well done, D’Souza and Sullivan!

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jeffrey gordon -

saw the movie last night, definitely an older crowd with a lot of couples.

First time i heard that Obama Sr. was already married with two kids when he met the President’s mom and married her-guess the Mormons have nothing to worry about?

At least there is no media bias in his country today towards the left!

The movie reminded me how I along with most white american’s probably found at least some sense of guilt relief that in America in 2008 a nice black man could actually be elected President of the US.

I really understand Hillary’s “its all a fairy tale” comment and Bill’s “He is an amateur” comment better now. I only wish both of them were more truthful today.

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Andre Brown -

The fastest way to get your point across and make money while doing is through film. BROVO I SAY BROVO We are are in a time that the figure of the minority and majority has changed the seasons of choice are moveing as they should just as the needs of the people so are the faces of our leadership in America , simply bound for reconstruction; in the end it will look like you and I it will prosper and welcome all as it the melting pot of many. who so ever chooses to watch this movie watches it because they lack the ability to think for themselves good old-fashioned brain washing.

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Tyler Cote -

The theater I attended was nearly empty but I live in the most left leaning state in the union, MA. This is a thoughtful, thought provoking film. According to D’Souza, Obama does not want to make America more like Europe, he wanks to make the U.S. pay for what he sees as our theft from the third world. Things like restricting U.S. oil drilling while promoting S. American drilling in the Gulf of Mexico are consistent with D’Souza’s premise. This is not a Moore style hack piece, but a well produced presentation of a theory of what drives Obama’s policies. I think the movie will do very well when the marketing by word of mouth kicks in.

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Mel jam -

The theater i went to in the St. louis area had a young girl at the ticket window who was all huffy when she heard “Obama:2016″. She then gave tickets out to different movies. We got tickets to see a movie Sparkle. After we saw the 2016 movie we went and asked for our tickets to be reissued. I believe this ” mistake” happened often. So the numbers for 2016 are squed

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Stephen -

I don’t know what movie theater you were looking into, BUT the theater I went to had huge lines. As a matter of fact, I had to return for a later show.

I see that is the trend in most theaters.

Looks like people want real change!

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sam -

A lot in his words shows us where he wants to take the country and it does look a lot like today’s Europe. His father’s wish to downsize America as punishment for perceived past actions is more than a threat and he has already started using those (Pelosi, Reid, etc.) that would rather hold onto power than act in the best interest of our future generations.

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Sam Wright -

We saw the movie this weekend. It was absolutely excellent. This should be a must-see before November 6 for every responsible American voter!

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R.B. -

Jamie, Obama’s been your president for the past four years. If you don’t know him by now, you just haven’t been paying attention.

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Patricia Perez -

TODAY Saturday August 25th my husband & I went to see ‘2016 OBAMA’S AMERICA’ here in Berkeley, California…as Liberal as it gets. It was a very good movie that laid out where Obama is ‘coming from’ and where he plans to take this country. People need to see this movie and think about what they want for the future of our country, for ourselves, our kids and our grandkids. We need a leader who will give us more than empty promises and overwhelming debt…we are climbing up to the collapsing point…and nothing is changing for the better. We worry that he will be re-elected and we will be so far gone, we can never get back. Too many people do not realize what is really happening.

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Right wing nut jobs -

This film is pure right wing propaganda who went out and bought tickets. Whomever believes any of it is a fool. LOL!

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Martina -

The average movie critic is carrying water for the inept Pattinson the same way the mainstream media carries water for Obama. The word is out to promote the movie industry’s designated next acting “hope” and destroy those now out of favor with crushing reviews, deserved or not. Like the prez, Pattinson may be charming but sadly just doesn’t have the skills to get the job done. Surround him with true actors (who make much less than he does) and maybe after about 3 years of rotten films, he’ll eventually become a real actor? Not happening. And in real life he looks more the part of werewolf than anything else. Next candidate, please.

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ThinkAboutIt -

Reviewer either hasn’t seen the movie or fell asleep (it did move at a stately, academic pace) because the entire thesis of the film is that all the theories the reviewer notes (Marxist, Socialist, Muslim) don’t properly explain the decisions and actions Obama has taken since becoming president. The documentary’s theory is that Obama accepted a dream of anti-colonialism from his father.. So, he supports the Muslim Brotherhood - not because he’s a Muslim - but because the Middle East was colonized by Britain and is now colonized by America (for the oil). So Obama is seeking to raise (bring justice to) the previously colonized and diminish the colonizers. It’s a theory you can disagree with but a meaningful review would actually discuss the theory of the movie and not just sling a lot of irrelevant but inflammatory rhetoric.

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Jamie -

How well do we really know President Obama? A person’s past experiences and relationships certainly define their values. What are his values? What people and experiences in his life have inspired him and established his values? Do his values match up with what makes the United States a great nation and will move our nation forward, or are his decisions driven to limit or to weaken the greatness of our nation? Is D’Souza’s documentary false, or could it possibly connect the dots between the President’s past and his vision to weaken America? Is there sufficient evidence to prove D’Souza’s documentary wrong? Can we take that chance? To answer that question we need to understand what motivates the President and consider what the President has done prior to his presidency and during his first term. Did those decisions make us a better nation? Do we want four more years? If D’Souza is right, can we survive another four years and beyond in an effort to turn back?

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aldol -

Saw the movie last week.
Content is good and substantiated, production is slow and boring.
overall it is a must see not so much for the entertainment potential as it is for a the educational potential about Obama’s background and formative years.

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Benaiah Anderson -

I am curious what those same reviewers who describe 2016 as a “strident”, “incendiary”, conspiracy-theory” movie would describe any of the films by Michael Moore… Don’t liberal reviewers usually call his propaganda films “brilliant”, “scathing”, “relevant”? At least D’souza is asking questions, questions the liberal media should have asked a loooong time ago.

The New York Times doesn’t have the best record wen it comes to being neutral on any issue, films or news events or politics, of course they panned a conservative film, again, what did they have to say about Moore?…

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Jose -

The purpose of this film is not to compare those two films….but the left wil invent anything to minimize the impotance of this film. People NEED to see this film to visualize and analyse why this president is acting the way he is nd has. No other president in history has taken a road to minimize our place as a super power. This president is not in the best interest of the American people…He must be defeated this November.

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Bo Kassa -

I plan on going to see this movie tomorrow. Comparing a documentary (Obama 2016) to a fictional piece of truly biased propaganda (Fahrenheit 9/11) shows the extreme bias the main stream media and Hollywood types not only possess but also promulgate. Fahrenheit was a movie made out of contempt with a vent to destroy a man. 2016 is a factual expose….a really big difference. Evidently Michael Moore was in the theater with Jim Donaught ( Jim Do-Nut, sounds fishy)based upon Jim’s comments.

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SDSteve -

There is a BIG difference between the opening of the two. The M Moore movie enjoyed more publicity from a cooperative domestic media and had a much larger distribution for opening when it came out. Even with the success of 2016 are you seeing anywhere near the media coverage that you were bombarded with for the Moore movie?? Except for maybe some negative stuff…

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A.W. -

This film is successful in presenting facts in a “it is what it is” kind of way. Of course the NYT and Washington Post (and any other wing of the Obama Admin) are going to chop it down for simply presenting facts that they themselves have been working around the clock to not report.

Though it will be portrayed as a hit piece, it’s quite respectful to Obama in looking to his world view. Critics need to remember that these are facts that Obama, himself, wrote about in his own book. Unfortunately, presenting facts about this president that don’t put him in the “messianic” light give reason for the media elites to start throwing stones.

So, in the end- this is a surprisingly refreshing film that both Obama fans and foes can enjoy. Is that even allowed today?

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Mary Patterson -

I am so happy that someone has the courage to let the American people see who this man really is. He came on the scene 4 years ago and mesmerized the Americans and no one knw the man. He did not fool me then and he will not fool me this timw.

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steve -

There is nothing anti-Obama in this movie. I suspect there are many who would see this movie as a 100% positive portrayal of the first Half-African president. There’s no doubt he was born in Hawaii. We are at a crossroads, and Americans have to make a choice. Obama’s America is not a place that I want to be.

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jim Donaught -

Saw the movie last night — the rest of the audience consisted of six pasty fat white men. And the movie is laughably bad, unless you’re already a brain-dead dittohead.

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Al See -

It is not the numbers ($) that counts but what the documentary will effect the person? The difference here is that moore’s movie was based on hate for Bush but 2016 is saving America. Not bashing Obama but showing that his policy is not for the greater good of the country. This documentary great urgency is to save our country (2016) versus an enjoyment of destroying a person. (fahrenheit 9/11). True American will do almost anything to save their country and will go vote; but people whose enjoyment is belittling a person will have its fulfillment and go their merry way and not care at all including not voting. The real test here is will Obama lose by a few numbers or will he be crashed in this coming election. Less than two months to go and counting ……

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Cortney -

I think this movie is totally ridiculous! Yes… Michael Moore did make a documentary, but not during election time. I have never seen such sneeky, snake like tactics to try and keep our President from taking office again. If you want to make this movie post election, then fine, but during election time shows very little class from the Republicans. If you win, you should win fairly, not by this type of grade school style actions!

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debbie -

Thought the movie was very informative it makes a lot of sense the reasoning behind some of the decisions he has made, I know one thing I will be at the polls and I hope and pray this will be a record breaking election to get him out of office.

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tracng -

Well since the movie has only gone into wide release on 8-24-2012 its a little presumptive to poo poo its box office.

I just saw it here outside Washington DC, and it was sold out, 3rd showing.

The audience stood and clapped at the end, the theatre is located in the HEART of Obama’s multiple appearance swing area of Loudoun Virginia where he stated last week “If we win Loudoun we win the USA”.

I think a lot of peoples eyes were opened as they watched this movie, I predict Obama is going to be soundly defeated in November no doudt in a small part to the truths from this film.

I also noticed MANY old people and I mean 70 80 90, that were being escorted into the theatre by younger people as if their viewing of the film was mandatory before entering the polling booth.

It is going to be very interesting to see how the box office plays out on this now that it is in wide release and virtually unadvertised.

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bruce baker -

What lies were told in Farenheit 9/11? Care to document that statement? Please do….or are you just lying?

I’m a political independent and this ‘film’ sounds like a smear job, but I’ll see it anyway and make up my own mind. I’ll probably buy a ticket to another film though…not sure I want to give any $ to the skuzz.

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J. Nielsen -

I seriously doubt making money was the factor behind this film. Rather it was to make people aware, to uncover the hidden agenda, as to what is driving Obama to turn this country into a socialist society.

What Obama is doing is not for the good of this country. Obama is out to punish this country for the sins of colonialism, which he believes caused his father’s pain. His father’s pain is in turn his pain and this, Obama feels, needs to be redeemed.

To have a President who feels this way is dangerous. Obama has stripped the U.S. of its financial and military power and he won’t stop until he totally destroys this country and its entire worth.

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Hans Nearhoof -

Hi,

How can I purchae this movie.

Hans

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jmm -

Watching the ” 2016:Obama’s America” movie in Ohio and seeing the packed movie theaters, this may be a landslide election in favor of Romney contradicting the conventional polling. On Nov. 6, we will find out.

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R Harris -

I saw this film this afternoon. Everyone in America should see it.

If this had been public knowledge before the last election, Hilary would have been president….and believe it or not, I wish she had.

Obama, is not a left wing extremist, he is far more, and this film will tell you why.

Before you vote…..See this.

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Brett -

Left wingers get upset when truth comes out. Very well
Put together movie that should be seen.

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Al -

This movie are for open-minded independent people who are willing to take their time to analyze the information presented or gathered; and then have an objective conclusion; abstaining to entertain their emotional tantrum. The movie shows the objectivity in finding the internal (hidden to the public) compass of the character of obama from his childhood into his adult life. The journey takes you to different parts of the world; the people who had influence his life and his character (especially his parent and immediate family member’s ideology); interviews with people who knows his parents and how their mindset have imbedded into obama’s being and thinking. It investigates and expound the sort of people that obama associated with (his role model). The best part about this movie is that excerpts was taken from his memoir “dream from my father” with his own voice narrating the events. The question here is that will his ideology acceptable for AMERICA or the founding fathers. If a person will open their eyes and be objective and not subjective; then a lot can be learn from this movie. A MUST-SEE movie for all AMERICAN. NOTE: If you have not seen the movie; STOP making a FOOL of yourself by commenting on something you have not viewed but trying to make an assumption. IGNORANCE occur because he or she remains STUPID, NARROW MINDED and full of ASSUMPTION but KNOWLEDGE is attained by investigating the facts then supporting or discrediting the information obtained.

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Kimberly- Attorney -

The ratings will NOT clearly show the interest because I’ve been searching for times and listings for a couple of weeks and FINALLY there were listings in our area but they were ONLY at 12:01 a.m!!!!!!!!!! Are you kidding me? For working people, that is very late to drive to a movie, so it is NO reflection of interest in the topic, instead, it is more likely BY DESIGN that the showtimes are listed at such inconvenient times for “working people”.

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Cathy -

My husband and I saw the documentary about 2 weeks ago when it first came out in Orange County, Ca. People stood and clapped at the end of the film and I heard comments of “unbelievable, Wow, everyone needs to see this, I had no idea, this can’t be happening to America etc”.
“2016? is truly a remarkable documentary and I feel, divinely inspired, to be a truthful and timely WARNING of what will become of America if Obama is reelected again. What insight and foresight these film makers had to present this to all those that don’t have blinders on their eyes and really want to know who Obama is, and his plan for Americas decline.
If you care about yourselves, your children, your country, your future, your freedom, your safety, your moral convictions, then RUN, don’t walk to see this film, and take as many people with you that want to hear the truth.
All it takes is for good people to do nothing and not defend or see the coming insurrection that Obama has planned when he is not under constraints of an election. This is exactly how Hitler and many other oppressors came to power. YES, it can happen here.
Wake up, “Rome is burning”. Please find it in your hearts to find out about the real Obama before it’s too late. Pray and do some soul searching and then go vote your convictions.
Please tell others to go see the documentary “2016? and study on your own.
Blessings to you all that promote good over evil. We are at THE turning point. Who will you stand up for?

Don’t let America die…it’s up to you.

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DRH -

It’s telling that the blogger mutters darkly about a “cavalcade of conspiracy theories” and such, but never gives one example.

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editor -

What’s even more telling is that you’re complaining without having bothered to actually read the article.
The blogger didn’t say anything about “conspiracy theories” or cries of “Romney! Ron Paul!”
Those are direct quotes from the “New York Times” and “Variety.”

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fizzbin -

“At a show on Saturday night, the film’s conclusion was met with claps and cries of ‘Romney!,’ ‘Ron Paul!,’ ‘Reagan!’ and ‘Another Reagan!’”

Um. Yeah. I’m sure that happened.

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Anne -

It’s okay when Michael Moore makes movies about left wing conspiracies. He tells lies about President George W Bush and crucifies capitalism in our country (something he has been able to take advantage of), but when a documentary comes out…about this horrible left wing, truly marxist president…the media all but ignores it.

That’s fine. If he is re-elected we will go bankrupt, we will become Greece and our, once amazing country will become nothing…which is the “change” this marxist president wanted. This movie tells the truth that no one in the media will cover. That left wing liberals don’t want to know.

This movie is a hit….but if barry hussein is re-elected (make no mistake) we will fall and it will partly all the left wing socialists fault.

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zircon -

if you gave creedence to M Moore and his rant, why so negative on 2016 Obama.
I hope to see the movie soon, not shown yet in Pittburgh where I live. I hope it is not being repressed in this Democrat bastion.

I only want obama to release his passport he used to travel to Pakistan when travel on a US passport was forbidden at the time. Thats all. That passport will explain everything.
Plain and simple. remember when his grandmother died during the campaign in Honolulu, no press, no inquiries allowed about her. Nothing. Seems to me the “Cleaners” came by while obama was there. yes he may be a fraud, sorry to say it. finally, what has he done to make the working mans life better, not a darn thing. No budget, no tax relief, no jobs plan, no thing, except fear if Rpublicans get voted in. disgusting. NOBO, BOISBS, Happy in Pittsburgh, Zircon.

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William Peters -

I live in Alberta, Canada. How or where can I view the movie 2016 obama?
Many thanks
William

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