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'Expendables 2' is No. 1, but Obama doc overshadows box office

By Todd Cunningham

The conservative documentary "2016: Obama's America" stole the spotlight from Sly Stallone's bad-ass geezers and three opening films at the weekend box office, on its way to an estimated $6.2 million total for the three days.

The $5,940 per-screen average posted by "2016: Obama's America" was easily the best among films playing widely. "Expendables 2"" stayed on top in its second week with $13.2 million averaging $3,950 from 3,355 theaters.

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"2016: Obama's America" is based on conservative author Dinesh D'Souza's book, "The Roots of Obama's Rage." D'Souza co-directed with John Sullivan. Produced for a reported $2.1 million, it has made $9.3 million since its release seven weeks ago, and has surpassed "Bully" as the year's top-earning documentary.

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The documentary purports to tell what things will be like should the president be re-elected. Distributor Rocky Mountain Pictures expanded it into 1,091 theaters just in time to cash in on the buzz surrounding the Republican National Convention.
Director Sullivan has appeared on Fox News and the Discovery Channel and conservative commentators Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh have lauded it. Beck called it an election-season bomb, similar to Michael Moore's 2004 film "Farenheit 9/11," which was highly critical of President George W. Bush.

"Expendables 2" raised its overall domestic to $52.3 million, according to distributor Lionsgate. That's behind 2010's original "Expendables," which had take in $65 million at a comparable stage in its release.

It was a slow weekend at the overall box office. Universal's "Bourne Legacy" was second with $9.2 million and raised its overall gross to $85.5 million, but the weekend' new films fizzled.

Sony's bicycle chase movie "Premium Rush" took in $6.3 million from 2,255 locations, a $2,794 per-screen average. The audience was 55 percent male and 67 percent was 25 and older. The film received a "B" CinemaScore.

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"Hit & Run," from Open Road, mustered a meager $4.5 million from 2,870 locations.

The weekend's other opener, Warner Bros.' supernatural thriller "Apparation," brought in $2.9 million from 810 theaters.

"ParaNorman," the stop-action animated family film from Focus Features, was No. 3 with $8.5 million in its second week.

Warner Bros.' political comedy The Campaign" was fourth in its third week with $7.4 million.

In its sixth week, "Dark Knight Rises" added $7.1 million to raise its overall domestic haul to $422 million. The third film in director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy has taken in $910 million worldwide for Warner Bros.

Disney's "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" brought in $7.1 million in its second week.

"Hope Springs" continued to hold strongly and took in $6 million.That's just a 34 percent drop from last week and raises its overall box office to $45 million.

Here are the weekend's top 10 films:
"Expendables 2,' $13.2 million
"Bourne Legacy," $9.2 million
"ParaNorman," $8.5 million
"The Campaign," $7.4 million
"Dark Knight Rises," $7.1 million
"The Odd Life of Timothy Green," $7.1 million
"Premium Rush," $6.3 million
"2016: Obama's America," $6.2 million
"Hope Springs," $6 million
"Hit & Run," $4.6 million

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Aug 26, 2012 12:46PM

Hey Lowjack,


Total nonsense on your part.  The film isn't a propaganda bit for Mitt Romney.  It's an explanation of who Mr. Obama is, based upon his own writings and informed by his own actions, and of those he's surrounded himself with.  You can reject the conclusion, which is that an America evolving into what Mr. Obama supports is a bad and oppressive thing, but it's hard to base your complaints on anything other than partisan hackery at this point given your post.

Aug 26, 2012 12:27PM

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Aug 26, 2012 1:48PM
Wow this film is a very well kept secret.  I never heard of it until now.  I'm shocked Obama and his rabid, insane followers are letting this movie air at all.  I will definitely read the book.  Because I can read.  
Aug 26, 2012 12:53PM

Finally, A movie that tells the truth about Obama, The American people are seeing you for the self centered socialist prick that you are!

ROMNEY/RYAN 2012!!!!!!

Aug 26, 2012 8:02PM
saw the Obama's America 2016 movie over the weekend.  Right up to the last minute before it started I was itching to get up and leave and ask for my money back, becuase I didn't feel in the mood for a documentary on a Saturday night.  But then it started, and I settled in and within 3 minutes I was totally riveted!!  I found this film to be absolutely fascinating.  Not anti-Obama as some might be suggesting, but more, "Who is this guy, that was elected President of our Country?"  I was amazed out how little we have all collectively known about him.  Dinesh D'Souza does a fabulous job of weaving a story here that is compelling, and factual.  He interviews family, and close aquaintences, people in Obamas inner circle and you begin to get a more clear picture, of how this person, Barrak Obama, really thinks, what drives him, and what is his lense for viewing the World.  Masterfully done!  If you have not seen the movie, you owe it to yourself to go and become educated...this is the story the main stream media would not tell, and I have no idea why they didn't, when they had the chance in 2008 as he was marching down the path to the Presidency. I give this film 5 stars, based on my level of interest at the beginning of the film, and how mesmerized I was as I watched the entire body of work. D'Souza is very intelligent and like he did with "Shindler's List", paints a very memorable picture of this person's life that is filled with context and detail, that give us the clarity we have been missing. If Obama were any more "transparent" with his life and views, particlarly his past, he'd be practically invisible.  This illuminates him, like he's never been before.
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