Anti-Obama Documentary Surprises at the Box Office
Since the ever-so-slightly hyped release of The Dark Knight Rises, there hasn’t been much to get excited about at the US or worldwide box-office. We’ve had Total Recall, The Bourne Legacy, ParaNorman, The Campaign and The Expendables 2 come out since, but none of them have caused much of a stir, money-wise. The Bourne Legacy and The Expendables 2 both managed a respectable haul, but both are short of their predecessors.
However, this weekend, when The Expendables 2 managed a second weekend in a row at #1, more thanks to general box-office doldrums than any great feat of its own, we had a surprise guest at the US Top 10.
The right-wing documentary 2016: Obama’s America snuck up on everyone and ended up at #8, just behind the Joseph Gordon-Levitt-starring Premium Rush. It took in $6.2 million, more than double what the biggest right-wing documentary to date, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, took in its opening in 2008.
But how is this a “right-wing documentary”? Does it mean that it could be just a teeny-tad biased? Well, watch this:
Just as Michael Moore’s famous documentary films, like Sicko, Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine, 2016: Obama’s America straddles the line between a documentary and propaganda film. While Moore’s vision is decidedly left-wing (and therefore favorable to the majority of the arts-inclined bulk of cinema goers, right-wing docs have had it more difficult. Now, with the upcoming US presidential elections, 2016: Obama’s America seems to have got its timing just right. What remains to be seen is if this film will affect the elections at all. Remember, Fahrenheit 9/11 didn’t stop one of the most unpopular presidents of all time, George W. Bush, from getting re-elected. This might just be the perfect box-office storm for a fringe documentary, good timing combined with overall poor box-office. We will see.