The Associated Press reports that a new political documentary named “2016: Obama’s America” overshadowed all the other movie releases of the weekend. The anti-Obama movie is the first documentary in years to land among the top 10 positions with $6.2 million weekend revenue.
Very few people choose to spend their spare time at the cinema during the month of August as the young public is getting ready for school start, while adults still enjoy their vacation. Given these circumstances, blockbuster producers prefer to release their movies some other time making the last month of the summer a great opportunity for smaller films.
“2016: Obama’s America” is a political documentary whose release overshadowed all the other new movies of the weekend. The fact that the subject of the movie is related to the highly anticipated and much-debated elections convinced viewers to give it a try. Thus, the production gathered $6.2 million during the first weekend of its nationwide release finishing on the 8th place.
The documentary gives people the possibility to imagine how America will look like four years from now if Obama is re-elected this fall. The motion picture was produced by Rocky Mountain Pictures and it could be easily labeled as political propaganda given its critics to the Obama regime.
Several other wide releases have captured critics’ attention, among them being the comedy “Hit & Run” featuring Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell. The comedy pulled $4.7 million debuting on the 10th position. The 12th place was occupied by Warner Bros’ “The Apparition” whose revenue did not exceed $3 million. The first five positions were occupied by holdover movies led by Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables 2”.
Box-office analyst, Paul Dergarabedian, told the press that documentaries rarely make it among the first top 10 positions which is why they were very surprised by the success that “2016: Obama’s America” registered. Nevertheless, the political documentary is far from equaling Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” which opened at No. 1 with $23.9 million in June 2004.