Anti-Obama Documentary ‘2016: Obama’s America’ Tops Early Box Office Results [Video]

2016 Obama’s America was the no. 4 movie at on Friday, Box Office Mojo shows.

The conservative documentary titled “2016: Obama’s America” has outsold all other movies opening this weekend, the North American box office says.

‘2016: Obama’s America’ was the fourth-highest grossing film on August 24, taking in $2.255 million. The movie occupies fourth place, following only “The Expendables 2,” “The Bourne Legacy,” and “Paranorman.”

“2016: Obama’s America” was shot, basing on Indian-American conservative author Dinesh D’Souza’s book, “The Roots of Obama’s Rage.”

D’Souza is also a co-director of the film, alongside with John Sullivan, and narrates the majority of the story, reports The Huffington Post.

A poster for the documentary features a profile of President Obama cast against a hazy gray fog with the tag line, “Love Him, Hate Him, You Don’t Know Him.”

According to speculations, box office buzz around the anti-Obama movie may be tied to the upcoming Republican National Convention, which is scheduled to open Monday in Tampa, Fla.

Some experts predict that “2016: Obama’s America” will bow down with a total earning of $6 million for the weekend.

“Can’t be construed as a hatchet job, nor does the polite and well-spoken D’Souza seem to aspire to such…yet it doesn’t succeed as sheer bravura entertainment,” said of the doc Bruce Bennett of Spectrum.

“Conservatives have Dinesh D’Souza. Liberals have Michael Moore. We all lose,” critises the movie Phil Contrino of Boxoffice Magazine.

“The Expendables 2” still remained on top of the box office, earning $3.9 million Friday night, followed by “The Bourne Legacy” at $2.7 million and “ParaNorman” at $2.3 million. “2016” was fourth with $2.26 million.

Before the weekend started, Entertainment Weekly had predicted that the film starring Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and other 1980s tough guys was headed for a $12 million weekend.

The magazine also suggested that Expendables 2 would withstand a dropoff of between 55 and 60 percent to beat the weak newcomers. Other industry experts think The Expendables 2 will pull in about $14 million.

“Joseph Gordon-Levitt action thriller Premium Rush came in No. 8, opening to a muted $6.3 million. The film cost just north of $30 million to produce and is directed by noted screenwriter David Koepp, who co-wrote the script with John Kamps,” writes The Hollywood Reporter.

The movie also received a “B” CinemaScore, “A-” from moviegoers under 18.

Another new movie of the weekend, indie comedy Hit & Run, came in No. 10, grossing a disappointing $4.7 million for a five-day opening of $5.9 million.

Supernatural thriller The Apparition, distributed by Warner Bros., couldn’t crack the top 10 in its debut, grossing $2.3 million and was placed in No. 12. Directed by Todd Lincoln, the film stars Twilight’s Ashley Green.

“The other opener, Warner Bros.’ supernatural thriller “The Apparition,” managed just $1.1 million from 880 screens, which projects to a $2.8 million weekend,” The Wrap claims.

“In its sixth week, Warner Bros.’ “Dark Knight Rises” took in $2 million Friday and should finish with around $7 million for the three days,” the website adds.

At the specialty box office, Sleepwalk With Me, written by This American Life’s Ira Glass broke house records at the IFC Center in New York, earning $65,000.

There’s one more debut at the IFC Center, which grossed a solid $7,877. Linda Goldstein Knowlton’s documentary Somewhere Between, about the wave of Chinese girls adopted and brought to the U.S.

Official weekend box-office estimates come out Sunday morning. Box-office actuals will be announced on Monday.

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