August 27, 2012
Anti-Obama documentary fills summer gap
This undated image provided by Rocky Mountain Pictures, shows an undated film clip from 2016: Obama's America. Hollywood may have run out of summer hits, but an anti-Obama documentary is helping fill the gap. 2016: Obama's America was expanded from limited to nationwide release and took in $6.2 million to finish at No. 8 yesterday.ap
LOS ANGELES (AP):
Hollywood may have run out of summer hits, but an anti-Obama documentary is helping to fill the gap.
Holdover movies easily topped the weekend box office again, led by Sylvester Stallone's TheExpendables 2 at No. 1 for the second-straight weekend with $13.5 million.
The weekend's new wide releases were overshadowed by 2016: Obama's America, which expanded from limited to nationwide release and took in $6.2 million to finish at No. 8.
The documentary is a conservative critique of what the country would look like four years from now if President Barack Obama is re-elected.
Released by Rocky Mountain Pictures, Obama's America nearly matched the $6.3 million debut of the No. 7 movie, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's action tale Premium Rush, a Sony release that played in more than twice as many cinemas as the Obama documentary.
Obama's America opened in a handful of cinemas in mid-July and did strong business as it gradually widened to more cities. It jumped into the top-10 this weekend as it expanded into 1,091 cinemas, leading all other wide releases with an average of $5,717 a cinema.
That's a solid average, especially for a political documentary. But it pales next to the king of political documentaries, Michael Moore's George W. Bush assault Fahrenheit 9/11, which opened at No. 1 with $23.9 million in June 2004, averaging $27,558 in 868 theaters. Fahrenheit 9/11 went on to become the top-grossing documentary ever with $119.1 million domestically.
Obama's America is based on the book The Roots of Obama's Age, written by Dinesh D'Souza, who co-directed the movie with John Sullivan.
Released by Lionsgate, The Expendables 2 raised its domestic total to $52.3 million after two weekends.
In limited release, IFC Films' Sleepwalk With Me had a huge debut with $77,400 in a single New York City cinemas. Produced and co-written by Ira Glass of National Public Radio's This American Life, Sleepwalk With Me stars writer-director Mike Birbiglia in a semi-autobiographical story of a stand-up comic struggling with career and romance, along with bad bouts of sleepwalking.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian cinemas, according to Hollywood.com. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. The Expendables 2,
$13.5 million ($18.5 million
2. The Bourne Legacy, $9.3 million
($9.4 million international)
3. ParaNorman, $8.5 million
4. The Campaign, $7.4 million
5. The Dark Knight Rises,
$7.2 million ($15.3 million
6. The Odd Life of Timothy Green,
7. Premium Rush, $6.3 million
8. 2016: Obama's America,
9. Hope Springs, $6 million
10. Hit & Run, $4.7 million