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Obama Movie 2016 vs. Fahrenheit 9/11: Absurd Comparisons

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 milion, 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 $1.36 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 $28.61 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 ’80s and quite possibly the ’90s. 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 $15.13 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 $10.54 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 $12.45 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 $28.61 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 ’80s and early ’90s. 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 $15.13 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 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.

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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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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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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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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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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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