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2016: Obama’s America’ shocks film industry after becoming a box office success
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | 9/3/12 | Ethan Sacks

Posted on 09/03/2012 5:14:20 PM PDT by Evil Slayer

Conservative scholar Diniseh D'Souza's film has shocked industry prognosticators by earning an estimated $20 million to date, more than five times what the second-highest documentary this year, "Bully," earned.

While pundits and critics are divided over whether "2016: Obama's America" is a sobering documentary examining "the most mysterious U.S. president in modern history" or an 87-minute attack ad, there's no debating that the film is a box office phenomenon.

Taking a page from his own book "The Roots of Obama's Rage," conservative scholar Diniseh D'Souza's film has shocked industry prognosticators by earning an estimated $20 million to date, more than five times what the second-highest documentary this year, "Bully," earned. With virtually no promotional budget, the film has expanded in a little over a month from one theater in Houston to 1747 screens this weekend.

"People see the success and they think we have the marketing budget of 'Dark Knight Rises,' we probably don't even have the catering budget of the 'Dark Knight,'" co-director John Sullivan, who helped craft the promotional plan, told the News.

So they had to rely on the choir preaching to an even bigger choir. Sullivan says ahead of the film's mid-July opening at the Edward Houston Marq'E Stadium 23 & IMAX, local right-wing radio host Michael Berry championed the film with an all-out publicity blitz on his show.

Roughly 200 movie-goers were turned away from the sold out shows that weekend, a theater manager told the Hollywood Reporter.

From there, the film opened in three additional Houston-area theaters, then a handful of other cities in the reddest of states. It helped that by the time it jumped onto 1,071 screens last weekend, it didn't have to go toe-to-toe with Batman or Iron Man.

(Excerpt) Read more at nydailynews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2016; 2016movie; 2016obamasamerica; moviereview
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1 posted on 09/03/2012 5:14:25 PM PDT by Evil Slayer
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To: Evil Slayer

It won’t mater how successful it is, it won’t win an Academy Award. Hollywood will call it a Fictional Political Documentary


2 posted on 09/03/2012 5:18:16 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Who we elect is not as important as who they bring in with them.)
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To: Evil Slayer
People are hungry for the truth of the Obamination of desolation.
3 posted on 09/03/2012 5:18:42 PM PDT by Armaggedon
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To: Evil Slayer

Well of course liberals are shocked that this movie would become popular.

It’s a cliche that liberals said after elections of both Nixon and Reagan that “how did these guys get elected? I don’t know anyone who voted for Nixon/voted for Reagan”.

The liberals live in a bubble land, and this is their Achilles heel. They truly are clueless about how this movie is resonating with people. And are clueless about how anyone would go to a movie which digs into Obama’s life and background.


4 posted on 09/03/2012 5:18:57 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Evil Slayer

Most Freepers will already know most of what is in the movie. No surprise really.


5 posted on 09/03/2012 5:19:26 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Evil Slayer
tinsle twinkle town really thought it was shaping America.

Kind'a like catching your spouse doin' REAL dirty to another and he/she looks up and says, "I don't NEED you"

BTW, I will try to catch all of the DNC this week.

6 posted on 09/03/2012 5:20:11 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Evil Slayer

Didn’t realize Oregon was a Red State?

Pray for America


7 posted on 09/03/2012 5:20:41 PM PDT by bray (The Gummit didn't make my business, God did!)
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To: Evil Slayer

My son saw the movie this afternoon still almost full after two weeks running.


8 posted on 09/03/2012 5:21:59 PM PDT by Recon Dad (Gas & Petroleum Junkie)
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To: Evil Slayer

How did Moore’s film do in comparison?


9 posted on 09/03/2012 5:22:12 PM PDT by jettester (I got paid to break 'em - not fly 'em)
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To: Evil Slayer

I just hate how they repeat the same line in the body of the story. What ever happened to editing.


10 posted on 09/03/2012 5:34:23 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I am NOT from Vermont. I am from MA. And I don't support Romney. Please read before "assuming.")
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To: unixfox
Most Freepers will already know most of what is in the movie. No surprise really.

Indeed. I thought the movie actually gave Obama too much credit for actually having a thorough ideology. I see Obama as simply an average kid, who was raised by an America-hating mother and grandparents. He smoked a lot of weed in high-school, probably didn't think about it things, and simply muddled through.

Somewhere he discovered that his name, skin and background were the ticket to gaming the system. He simply regurgitated the same old standard leftist cliches. His policy choices as President are exactly that - nothing new, same old leftist pablum, along with some devious political calculation.

11 posted on 09/03/2012 5:34:36 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: Bringbackthedraft

It needn’t do so in order to prove its point. This shoestring screed by a relatively obscure intellectual is beating the pants off of Hollywood’s best efforts when viewed on a per-theatre basis.


12 posted on 09/03/2012 5:36:09 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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To: PGR88

Barack was a pampered pet, purposely brought up in idiotic ideologies. None of this “discovered” stuff. It was spoon fed to him.


13 posted on 09/03/2012 5:37:28 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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To: Recon Dad
I saw it this afternoon as well. Although I live in a very liberal town, the theater was packed for a Labor Day afternoon. From listening to the people sitting around me, I could tell from their vocal responses they were conservatives. Hope this documentary gets the attention of the curious libs and draws them in. Yeah, yeah, I know. Won't happen, but just maybe a few will and wake up to the real world of what's at stake in November.
14 posted on 09/03/2012 5:38:11 PM PDT by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war....)
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To: Evil Slayer

It will out draw Fahrenheit 911.


15 posted on 09/03/2012 5:38:22 PM PDT by AU72
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To: Evil Slayer; All

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If America only knew....

The best Obama exposure site on the net:
(by our own FReeper, Beckwith)

The Obama File
http://theobamafile.com/

The United States Library of Congress has selected
TheObamaFile.com for inclusion in its historic collection
of Internet materials
http://theobamafile.com/LibraryOfCongress.html

Just a few of the pages:

http://www.theobamafile.com/index_next_politics.html

http://www.theobamafile.com/index_next_personal.html

http://www.theobamafile.com/BarackObama.htm

http://www.theobamafile.com/_family/FamilyPage.htm

http://www.theobamafile.com/ObamaEducation.htm

http://www.theobamafile.com/ObamaPsychology.htm

http://www.theobamafile.com/ObamaReligion.htm

http://www.theobamafile.com/ObamaWife.htm

http://www.theobamafile.com/_associates/ObamaAssociates.htm

http://www.theobamafile.com/ObamaIconography.htm

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16 posted on 09/03/2012 5:42:49 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Evil Slayer

Just saw it this afternoon in my very blue state. 75 people max, mostly white, all over 50. I don’t expect an impact at my local polls. Good movie though.


17 posted on 09/03/2012 5:50:36 PM PDT by ReaganCowboy (History books are written by winners.)
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To: AU72
It will out draw Fahrenheit 911

One can hope, but Fahrenheit 911 is the highest-grossing documentary of all time. (~snicker he said grossing)

18 posted on 09/03/2012 5:51:14 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Evil Slayer

Wife and I will see this movie tomorrow afternoon...


19 posted on 09/03/2012 5:55:33 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I didn't post this. Someone else did.)
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To: Evil Slayer

THe target isn’t the true liberals, dust them off! It’s the middle of the road or the democrats that fit into the Govenor’s “Damn we’re Republicans!” frame. They just haven’t had anyone explain the difference and are followers.


20 posted on 09/03/2012 5:55:48 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Run, don’t walk.

If you read Roots of Obamas Rage, you can stroll though. The book was better.


21 posted on 09/03/2012 5:56:22 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: unixfox

I agree but went to see it mainly to support it. I did enjoy it and many of the people I went with learned a lot.


22 posted on 09/03/2012 5:58:30 PM PDT by brightright
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To: Evil Slayer

It will become the most watched theatrical release of a documentary ever.

Make more conservative documentaries with the proceeds!


23 posted on 09/03/2012 5:59:39 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

The AWARD comes at around Midnight on November 6th when Zero concedes the election! That’s the only award that means anything.


24 posted on 09/03/2012 6:08:10 PM PDT by Tucker39 ( Psa 68:19Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits; even the God of our salvation.KJV)
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To: Evil Slayer
So you may compare and contrast:

This is Michele Bachmann's district - hard core conservative - and when they movie ended, no one spoke. It is as if we were afraid to speak for fear of retribution.

I hope to cost them as many of those hollow point 22's as I can.

25 posted on 09/03/2012 6:09:28 PM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (All Y'all White Peoples is racist!)
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To: bray

Dude!


26 posted on 09/03/2012 6:15:12 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: Evil Slayer

Took our two youngest to see this today and they liked it.


27 posted on 09/03/2012 6:17:14 PM PDT by Domestic Church (AMDG ... there is no such thing as coincidence)
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To: Evil Slayer

Went to see film with my daughter...something my son should see, but that will never happen. Theater 3/4 full. Everyone applauded at the end.


28 posted on 09/03/2012 6:17:29 PM PDT by DefeatCorruption
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To: jettester
How did Moore’s film do in comparison?

According to Wikipedia, Fahrenheit 9/11 grossed $120 million domestically as of Jan. 2005, in much wider release and with far more promotion than the D'Souza film has gotten.
30 posted on 09/03/2012 6:20:56 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Evil Slayer

I would encourage every conservative to go and see this movie so it will stay in theatres as long as possible.


31 posted on 09/03/2012 6:24:49 PM PDT by Friend of the Friendless (R-Illinois)
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To: AU72

It will out draw Fahrenheit 911.

Not in a million years, F911 made over 125 million. We are at 20 million with most conservatives seeing the film already. It does not matter if it is number one. It is number 2 of political documentaries. It MIGHT beat “W” at 54 million dollars later in the year.


32 posted on 09/03/2012 6:36:54 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Paul Ryan/Rick Santorum 2012....That would be the best scenario ever.)
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To: unixfox; All
Most Freepers will already know most of what is in the movie. No surprise really.

There were some very interesting parts that I thought surprising. I was impressed with the movie. It was very well done.

33 posted on 09/03/2012 7:11:06 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: napscoordinator

So it is the number one conservative political documentary?

This means that the new media is gaining on the MSM, then.


34 posted on 09/03/2012 7:13:24 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: Friend of the Friendless

I would encourage every conservative to go and see this movie AND bring teenagers!!!!


35 posted on 09/03/2012 7:18:33 PM PDT by Domestic Church (AMDG ... there is no such thing as coincidence)
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To: Evil Slayer

Where do the most ardent fans of the film live? The five states with the strongest box office receipts are California, Texas, Florida, Georgia and Ohio. The best-selling cities so far are Lima, Ohio; San Angelo and Tyler-Longview, Texas; Harrisonburg, Va., and Grand Junction-Montrose, Colo.


36 posted on 09/03/2012 7:35:31 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: marktwain

Ok whatever makes you happy.....a bit of a stretch but I have heard more exaggerations before.


37 posted on 09/03/2012 7:35:55 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Paul Ryan/Rick Santorum 2012....That would be the best scenario ever.)
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To: jettester

I think it will beat “An Inconvenient Truth”. Heh.


38 posted on 09/03/2012 7:38:48 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Vermont Lt

Well it couldn’t be because there is a shortage of editors, Hell on FR alone at least half of all FReepers believe themselves qualified to be professional editors.


39 posted on 09/03/2012 8:00:50 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Evil Slayer

We just saw it. Very well done. Although not much in it was new to me, I am a political junkie and daily FR frequenter.

Much of the information in it will be new to the casual follower of politics, even if they are conservative.

I doubt liberals will go to see it, but independents might.

Two positive things I hope occur are that 1) conservatives who do see it are more determined that Obama has to be defeated which means they donate to Romney and/or volunteer to help his campaign and 2) they become even more angry at the media who did nothing to research and report Obama’s history.


40 posted on 09/03/2012 8:03:44 PM PDT by randita (Paul Ryan is "Mr. Smith goes to Washington.")
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To: Evil Slayer; flat; unkus; gonzo; dforest; bitt; onyx; Free ThinkerNY; CaptainKrunch

Check out this website and watch the trailer. Hannity spent an hour on this last week and talked with some of the people in the documentary. I’ve sent it to my email list.

http://thehopeandthechange.com/


41 posted on 09/03/2012 8:05:06 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: PGR88

PGR88...yes sir, you nailed the guy.... he is certainly an empty suit... his rise in politics in Illinois was based on deception and dirty tricks against his opponents. He voted “present” in the Illinois legilature on most substantive issues (except for the abortion ones) and really has just appointed Czars to run the government in the socialist manner they choose. He abdicated all leadership and basically plays the presidential role - travelling, playing golf, glad handing etc...oh yea and fund raising...all the while letting the leftist control the govt. He had extremently little input in the health care debacle that bears his name... it was a product of Pelosi’s staff...she didn’t even know what was in it and he sure didn’t either...they just liked the idea that the government was going to take over control of our health care and this plan allowed for that via incrementalism.

He didn’t even author the books attributed to him ... no, this emporer has no clothes !! I hope to live long enough to see the unravelling of this fraud on the American people and the constitution !!


42 posted on 09/03/2012 8:06:00 PM PDT by Froggie
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Saw the Hannity special on this but nothing more about it... this would be more devastating than D’Souza’s movie as it is the narrative of Obama kool-aid drinkers who have seen the light and regret their blind allegiance to Obama in 2008... I suspect there are lots of them out there who when they see this will feel justified to jump off that bandwaggon in November... those sheeple are blind followers and need the cover of others....how else could you explain how they voted for this shadow in the first place?


43 posted on 09/03/2012 8:11:37 PM PDT by Froggie
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To: Kartographer
Well it couldn’t be because there is a shortage of editors, Hell on FR alone at least half of all FReepers believe themselves qualified to be professional editors.

Well, it couldn’t be because there is a shortage of editors. Hell, on FR alone at least half of all FReepers are professional editors.

44 posted on 09/03/2012 8:16:21 PM PDT by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God IS, and (2) God IS GOOD?)
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To: Froggie

Democrats are waking up and voting against Barry the Marxist. That is what we need come November. The Sleeping Giant is waking up regardless of party.


45 posted on 09/03/2012 8:44:18 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: unixfox

“Most Freepers will already know most of what is in the movie. No surprise really.”

True, but I would consider Freepers to be among the most informed in our society, politically speaking.

Compiling the widely known into a short and concise documentary and making $20,000,000 is absolutely brilliant!!

I watched it, along with millions of others 60 days before the election. We must give credit where credit is due.

2016 deserves our gratitude!!!


46 posted on 09/03/2012 9:10:45 PM PDT by Bshaw (A nefarious deceit is upon us all!)
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To: Aevery_Freeman

Same when I saw it. Nobody said a word walking out. I did notice there were two black people there, a man and woman and they weren’t together. And I noticed nobody had bought any foods or drinks.

I hope it will change a few people’s vote. But I’m afraid everyone has made up their minds.

I did learn just how much and why he hates ALL “colonialist” empires.


47 posted on 09/03/2012 9:25:50 PM PDT by Terry Mross (2016 THE MOVIE....scarier than any zombie movie.)
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To: Froggie

The movie also pointed out how many people voted for him so they could tell their grandkids that they voted for the first black man. That explains the kind of people who vote and what matters to them. And that is scary.


48 posted on 09/03/2012 9:29:48 PM PDT by Terry Mross (2016 THE MOVIE....scarier than any zombie movie.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
The liberals live in a bubble land, and this is their Achilles heel. They truly are clueless about how this movie is resonating with people. And are clueless about how anyone would go to a movie which digs into Obama’s life and background.

No, they aren't clueless -- look at Mark Halperin's and the New York Times's reactions to Clint Eastwood's political sketch at the Republican convention. They know.

They're just deeply cynical, manipulative, and contemptuously instrumental.

49 posted on 09/03/2012 9:30:03 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Terry Mross
That explains the kind of people who vote and what matters to them. And that is scary.

Concur. There are Communist and Islamofascist traitors in the White House and Executive Office Building, and people are voting like it's still 1884 and everyone's a patriot.

50 posted on 09/03/2012 9:33:28 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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