Friday, May 24, 2024

“2016” Anti-Obama Movie Is Number 8, Not Number 1 for the Weekend


“2016: Obama’s America,” a slanted, unbelievably inaccurate account of anything in the real world, was number 8 at the box office this weekend. Deadline Hollywood got all excited on Friday that it would be number 1, which was crazy. And a lot of people may have thought it was a positive movie about President Obama going in, considering the ambiguous title. Nevertheless, “2016” has now banked $9 million. As I wrote yesterday, it’s playing heavily in red states, in swing states, and in Texas (120 theaters) and in Charlotte, North Carolina to try and cause trouble during the Democratic convention. It’s the “Reefer Madness” of 2012. Ironically, “2016” didn’t do nearly was well as another fiction film, “The Campaign,” a comedy about elections. That says something right there.

PS Two good movies to check out during Labor Day break: “The Imposter” and “Searching for Sugar Man.” Also, there’s still no box office report for “Goats.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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