2016: Obama’s America, the documentary critical of President Barack Obama, cracked into the top ten in the weekend box office, per early reports, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Hollywood.com’s early figures showed the film placed eighth, drawing in $6,237,517 — and the highest per-screen average of any film in the top ten: A per-theater-average of $5,717.
Audience response differed from critics’ reception, the WSJ noted:
Directed by Dinesh D’Souza, many critics panned the film. It received just a 57 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes among critics, while 81 percent of audience members rated it favorably. “Not interviewed by the filmmakers are Obama’s political supporters, but this isn’t that kind of documentary,” The New York Time said in its review of the film.
The film is now the top documentary of the year, according to The Hollywood Reporter — boasting “a domestic cume of $9.2 million, the top gross of the year for a documentary (excluding nature films). Bully was the previous crownholder with $3.5 million.”
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