Anti-Obama documentary surprises at box office
Published: Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 15:08
The box office showed some very surprising results last week. No one film performed especially strong, but while one film proved to be an unexpected failure, another proved to be ‘interesting’ success.
For the most part, the numbers look fairly par for the course with the loud, dumb “Expendables 2” taking in $13.5 million as well as the number one spot for the second week in a row.
Coming in at a considerably lower second place, “The Bourne Legacy” continued to bring in unexpectedly low numbers. This puts the film at a total of $113 million at the box office overall and with a $125 million I wouldn’t be surprised to see the first “Bourne” movie without Matt Damon to be the last.
Meanwhile, further down the list we see that the Joseph Gordon-Levitt vehicle “Premium Rush” just barely broke into the top 10 in its first week at number seven. This is something of a surprise given the actor’s current momentum after “The Dark Knight Rises”, which even after weeks in theaters remained steadfast at the number five position. It seems no amount of careful timing could save the movie from its own underwhelming trailers.
Something that was much less of a disappointment (for it’s creators, at least, and not for my faith in humanity) was“2016: Obama’s America,” which came in just under “Premium Rush” despite only showing in a third of Hollywood operated movie theaters.
Based on the book “The Roots of Obama’s Rage” by Dinesh D’Souza, “2016” is a political documentary claiming to predict Barrack Obama’s future impact on the United States. Unsurprisingly, the film has been reviewed quite poorly by most major film critics, while faring much better with conservative political commentators. It is not currently playing in any Fargo-based theaters.
While it didn’t make the top 10, the long delayed horror film “The Apparition” also managed to surprise. Despite poor reviews and only showing in 810 facilities nationwide, “The Apparition” broke into the number twelve spot with $3 million.
Overall, we’ve seen a very steady decline in box office numbers as the summer blockbusters have begun to wind down.
Next month, we have Karl Urban starring in “Dredd”, the second adaptation of the comic book series “2000 A.D.” Early reviews of the film have been quite promising but only time will tell if the franchise’s popularity has survived the film’s abysmal predecessor, “Jude Dredd” which starred Sylvester Stalone.
Gordon-Levitt will also get a second chance next month as the primary star in the time travel/assassin/mob film “Looper” directed by Rian Johnson.