Skip to comments.2016: Obama’s America’ shocks film industry after becoming a box office success
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.
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It won’t mater how successful it is, it won’t win an Academy Award. Hollywood will call it a Fictional Political Documentary
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.
Most Freepers will already know most of what is in the movie. No surprise really.
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.
Didn’t realize Oregon was a Red State?
Pray for America
My son saw the movie this afternoon still almost full after two weeks running.
How did Moore’s film do in comparison?
I just hate how they repeat the same line in the body of the story. What ever happened to editing.
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.
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.
Barack was a pampered pet, purposely brought up in idiotic ideologies. None of this “discovered” stuff. It was spoon fed to him.
It will out draw Fahrenheit 911.
If America only knew....
The best Obama exposure site on the net:
(by our own FReeper, Beckwith)
The Obama File
The United States Library of Congress has selected
TheObamaFile.com for inclusion in its historic collection
of Internet materials
Just a few of the pages:
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.
One can hope, but Fahrenheit 911 is the highest-grossing documentary of all time. (~snicker he said grossing)
Wife and I will see this movie tomorrow afternoon...
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.
Run, don’t walk.
If you read Roots of Obamas Rage, you can stroll though. The book was better.
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.
It will become the most watched theatrical release of a documentary ever.
Make more conservative documentaries with the proceeds!
The AWARD comes at around Midnight on November 6th when Zero concedes the election! That’s the only award that means anything.
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.
Took our two youngest to see this today and they liked it.
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.
I would encourage every conservative to go and see this movie so it will stay in theatres as long as possible.
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.
There were some very interesting parts that I thought surprising. I was impressed with the movie. It was very well done.
So it is the number one conservative political documentary?
This means that the new media is gaining on the MSM, then.
I would encourage every conservative to go and see this movie AND bring teenagers!!!!
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.
Ok whatever makes you happy.....a bit of a stretch but I have heard more exaggerations before.
I think it will beat An Inconvenient Truth. Heh.
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.
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.
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.
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 !!
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?
Well, it couldnt be because there is a shortage of editors. Hell, on FR alone at least half of all FReepers are professional editors.
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.
“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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.