Dinesh D’Souza’s Obama doc wins at the box office
Conservative author Dinesh D’Souza’s new documentary, “Obama’s America: 2016,” is a hit at the box office.
“Obama’s America” has earned $2 million from screenings in 169 theaters including decidedly liberal enclaves like Los Angeles and New York City, according to The Hollywood Reporter. So far, the film is the second-highest grossing documentary of the year behind the Weinstein Company’s “Bully,” with the exception big-time nature documentaries “Chimpanzee” and “To the Arctic.”
Over this past weekend, “Obama’s America” was number three at the box office, behind big-budget summer blockbusters “The Dark Knight” and “Total Recall.”
The film — based on D’Souza’s 2010 book “The Roots of Obama’s Rage” — follows the author as he attempts to piece together President Barack Obama’s past, how his ideology developed and, should he be re-elected, what his America would look like in 2016.
“Obama’s America” is already the twelfth highest-grossing political documentary of all-time — a genre made popular by liberal documentarian Michael Moore.
D’Souza told The Daily Caller in July that he took a page out of Moore’s book by choosing to release the film close to the election — a move that seems to be paying off even in limited-release.
“Back in 2004, Michael Moore made a provocative film cleverly made, captivating film and dropped it in the middle of the election debate. I said as far as I can see, no one has done that to Obama,” D’Souza said at the time.
“Obama’s America” will get a chance to climb the box office ranks when it rolls out to a total of 1,075 theaters this weekend, a strategic roll-out on the heels of the start of the Republican National Convention.
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