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'2016: Obama's America' team preparing a follow-up film

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The team that created the conservative documentary 2016: Obama’s America, which last year became the second-highest-grossing political documentary of all time, are re-partnering with conservative talking head Dinesh D’Souza for a film simply titled America, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The new film, which is not described as a sequel so much as a companion piece to 2016, will be directed by John Sullivan and produced by Gerald Molen, who won an Academy Award for his work on Schindler’s List. The duo worked together on 2016, as well. READ FULL STORY

Obama's team responds to '2016: Obama's America'

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President Obama’s team updated their official website, in a post dated Sept. 5, with a response to the film 2016: Obama’s America.

EW critic Owen Gleiberman said the documentary, by Dinesh D’Souza, “goes beyond making a hash of the facts — it’s an outrageously unsubstantiated act of character assassination.” The movie’s central thesis is that “Obama has spent his entire life trying to please his late Kenyan father and that he has done so by evolving into an anti-colonial socialist revolutionary.”

Naturally, the Obama team takes issue with the film.  They released a long statement that said, in part:

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Box office report: 'The Possession' leads the worst weekend in over a decade

Chances are, you weren’t at the movies this weekend. Not a single film at the box office reached $10 million. Call it the curse of The Oogieloves.

The Top 12 films grossed a depressingly low $51.9 million — the worst Top 12 total since Sept. 5-7, 2008, when Nicolas Cage flop Bangkok Dangerous led the chart with $7.7 million and the Top 12 films earned $50.3 million.

Even more distressingly, this weekend marked the lowest cumulative ticket sales in over a decade. The last frame to notch worse overall ticket sales was Sept. 21-23, 2001 — two weekends after the 9/11 attacks — when only one new wide release entered theaters: Mariah Carey’s infamous bomb Glitter. (Keep in mind, as final weekend results come in on Monday, things could change. Stay tuned.)

Lionsgate’s $14 million horror entry The Possession once again topped the chart with $9.5 million. The film, which earned a “B” CinemaScore grade last week, enjoyed a better than expected hold (it dropped 46 percent) — especially since its debut results were inflated by it bowing on a holiday weekend. After ten days, The Possession has earned $33.3 million, and by the end of its run, it may possess close to $50 million total. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'The Possession' enjoys second best Labor Day weekend ever with $21.3 million

Another summer at the movies come and gone, folks.

The season, which kicked off with The Avengers‘ record-breaking bow in May, officially ended this weekend with a record of a very different sort courtesy of The Oogieloves. Fortunately for Hollywood, not every picture performed that badly — in fact, almost none of them did!

Note: This article covers the four-day Labor Day weekend frame. Three-day box office estimates can be found here.

In first place was Lionsgate’s $14 million horror title The Possession, which stars Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The film earned $21.3 million over the Friday-to-Monday period, a stronger start than most industry insiders were expecting, and the second best gross ever for a movie over Labor Day weekend (a traditionally slow moviegoing frame) behind 2007’s Halloween, which debuted with $30.6 million.

The Possession benefited from its “inspired by a true events” conceit — a similar tagline helped another demonic film, The Devil Inside, which notably earned an “F” CinemaScore, top the chart earlier this year. Thankfully, audiences enjoyed The Possession a whole lot more than that — it earned a “B” CinemaScore grade. While that’s not likely to helps its box office endurance all that much (horror films typically plummet after they debut), that’s fine given The Possession‘s slim budget. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'The Possession' wins Labor Day weekend with $17.7 million

Fortunately, almost every movie at the box office did better than The Oogieloves in the BIG Balloon Adventure did this weekend!

Scaring up better-than-expected numbers, Lionsgate’s $14 million horror entry The Possession topped the box office over Labor Day weekend with a strong $17.7 million from the Friday-to-Sunday period. The studio expects that the film, which earned a “B” CinemaScore grade will earn about $21.3 million through Monday. The picture yielded a sturdy $6,294 per theater average from 2,816 locations.

In second place, The Weinstein Company’s Lawless found a lighter $9.7 million from 2,888 theaters over the three day frame. The Shia LaBeouf/Tom Hardy crime drama, which had already earned $2.1 million on Wednesday and Thursday, now has $11.8 million total. Its six-day gross will likely climb to $13.5 million when Monday’s numbers are accounted. Audiences awarded Lawless a “B+” CinemaScore grade. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'The Possession' scores $6.1 million out of the box on Labor Day weekend

Not all Americans are spending their Labor Day weekend watching college football or hitting the beach one last time. Some of them — a modest number — are heading to the movies, too.

Haunted horror film The Possession topped the box office on Friday with $6.1 million and should easily win the holiday weekend with about $20 million in four days. The Lionsgate release, which stars Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, will be the first horror film to top Labor Day weekend since The Final Destination in 2009.

The Weinstein Company’s Lawless found a more modest $2.8 million on Friday, and may gross about $11 million by Monday. That would give the Shia LaBeouf/Tom Hardy picture, which opened on Wednesday, just over $13 million in its first six days.

For now, the next two spots on the chart are filled by The Expendables 2 and The Bourne Legacy, which yesterday grossed $2.2 million and $1.8 million, respectively, but there are no numbers yet available for the documentary 2016: Obama’s America, which this weekend expanded into 1,750 theaters and is likely to have earned similar numbers.

There aren’t yet any Friday figures for The Oogieloves in the BIG Balloon Adventure, either. The kiddie movie has a great shot at breaking the record for the worst-ever debut for a film playing in more than 2,000 theaters. In its first two days, it earned just $225,588 total and yielded laughable per theater averages of $47 (Wednesday) and $57 (Thursday).

Check back tomorrow and on Monday for more box office updates, and follow me on Twitter for additional analysis and up-to-the-minute results.

Box office preview: 'The Possession' may possess top spot over Labor Day weekend; 'The Oogieloves' will not

Three new wide releases are entering the marketplace over Labor Day weekend, and one of them could break a box office record!

…for the worst opening weekend ever by a film playing on over 2,000 theaters. The strange kiddie flick The Oogieloves in the BIG Balloon Adventure opened on Wednesday in 2,160 theaters and earned only $102,564. That’s a per theater average of $47. Yep, FORTY. SEVEN. DOLLARS. in each theater. About six tickets. That’s it. On opening day. Ouch.

Oogieloves, which stars Cary Elwes, Jamie Pressly, and Toni Braxton and somehow cost $20 million (with an additional reported $40 million in marketing costs!), has a solid shot at out-failing the misguided animated film Delgo, which grossed a record-low $511,920 from 2,160 theaters in 2008.

There are two lessons here. First, don’t ever open a creepy kids movie in 2,160 theaters. That number is clearly cursed. Second, I’m a morbid box office nerd who can’t wait to see whether Oogieloves breaks Delgo‘s record. Stick with me throughout the Labor Day frame to find out if it does.

Oh yeah, there are some actual box office contenders opening in theaters, too — namely, Lawless and The Possession. Let’s talk about those.  READ FULL STORY

What the success of '2016: Obama's America' says about the upcoming election. (Hint: Be afraid. Be very afraid.)

Tonight, as Mitt Romney prepares to accept the Republican Party’s nomination to be its candidate for president, a movie that broke into the Top 10 last weekend is about to open even wider, on 1,800 screens, this Friday. The right- wing sleeper-hit documentary 2016: Obama’s America is such a success that it has taken the movie world — and, let’s say it out loud, the liberal media — by storm. Sure, documentaries have been huge hits before, and there is one obvious example of a highly partisan documentary — Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 — that set the box office aflame. (It ended up grossing $119 million.) But partisan docs from the right have never really broken through, so the popularity of 2016: Obama’s America is big news. I was intensely curious to see it, and I guess I was expecting a kind of feature-length Fox News editorial, a movie that would package a lot of familiar far-right talking points about Why Obama Must Go. READ FULL STORY

How '2016: Obama's America' became a box office hit -- and where it goes from here

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Rocky Mountain Pictures’ conservative documentary 2016: Obama’s America made its mark at the box office last weekend, earning $6.5 million from 1,091 theaters — substantially more than the three studio-distributed newcomers Premium Rush, Hit and Run, and The Apparition.

The independent anti-Obama polemic, co-produced and co-directed by Dinesh D’Souza, a former Ronald Reagan policy advisor and current president of The King’s College in New York City, has earned $9.4 million since its debut seven weeks ago. Over the weekend, 2016 passed the 2008 Ben Stein film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed to become the highest grossing conservative documentary of all time. And it’s box office run is far from over.

Of course, 2016 (which EW critic Owen Gleiberman gave an “F” grade in a review that will be posted soon) has a long way to go before it can even come close to comparing to Michael Moore’s high-profile anti-George W. Bush documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, which grossed $119.2 million in 2004, and it’s likely that 2016 will never climb that high. Yet comparing the two pictures is somewhat apples and oranges. Fahrenheit 9/11 came from an Academy Award-winning filmmaker, debuted in a big 868 theaters, and enjoyed a promotional push from major studio distributor Lionsgate. 2016‘s road to box office viability has been a decidedly more under-the-radar, grassroots effort.

EW spoke with John Sullivan, who co-directed and co-produced the film with D’Souza, about 2016‘s unconventional production, marketing, and release strategy. Here’s a brief overview of the film’s progression: READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Expendables 2' pummels puny newcomers with $13.5 million; Anti-Obama doc '2016' breaks out

You know you’ve reached the summer box office doldrums when not a single new wide release is able to break $7 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period.

Such was the case this weekend, when the top 12 movies grossed a cumulative $83.4 million, which makes this the least attended frame at the box office since December 9-11, 2011, when the top 12 films earned just $67.8 million.

Once again, The Expendables 2 led the chart, dropping 53 percent from its opening frame to $13.5 million — the lowest total for a No. 1 movie since that aforementioned December frame when New Year’s Eve topped the chart with a sad $13.0 million.

After ten days, The Expendables 2, which carries a reported $100 million budget, has grossed $52.3 million and is running well behind the total of the original Expendables, which had grossed $65.4 million at the same point in its run. The Lionsgate action entry may finish with just under $80 million.

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