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Obama Documentary Featuring President's Half Brother Opens Big

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Barack Obama's Brother toAppear in Anti-ObamaDocumentary
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"2016: Obama's America" features an interview with thepresident’s half brother and opened in a single theaterin Texas over the weekend, where it grossed animpressive estimated $31,750.
 An anti-Obama documentary featuring an interview with the president’s half brother opened in asingle theater in Texas over the weekend and, despite alleged complaints from some consumers who were upset with the film’s content, it grossed an estimated $31,750, a strong showing for any independent release.The film,
2016: Obama’s America
, based on conservative author
Dinesh D’Souza
’s book 
The Roots of Obama’s Rage
, had afree, promotional screening at Edwards Houston Marq’EStadium 23 & Imax on Thursday. Management had planned toshow it in one of its medium-sized auditoriums, but bumped itto one the multiplex’s largest rooms and turned away 200people.Sources say some moviegoers sat in the aisles Thursday and waited as much as 90 minutes to meet D’Souza and
GeraldMolen
, one of the Oscar-winning producers of 
 Schindler’s List 
, who was a co-producer of 
2016
along with
Doug Sain
. For
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some of its regular showings over the weekend, the theateroffered
2016
on multiple screens, including three sold-outauditoriums for the 7 p.m. Friday showing.If the weekend estimate from the movie’s distributor, Rocky Mountain Pictures, holds when final numbers are reportedMonday, the film will have bested the per-theater numberposted by the
 Al Gore
documentary about global warming,
 An Inconvenient Truth
, which opened to $123,549 in four theatersin 2006 for a per-theater average of $30,887.That film, which had the benefit of a mainstream distributor inParamount Vantage and, eventually, two Oscar wins, went on toearn $24 million domestically. The box-office record forpolitically-charged documentaries is held by 
Michael Moore
’s
 Fahrenheit 9/11
, which grossed $119 million domestically in2004. It opened on a Wednesday, in just two theaters, taking in$83,922 on its first day, for a one-day, per-theater average of $41,961. Still, for any documentary to pass the $25,000-per-theater mark on its opening weekend represents anunusually strong showing, according to box office observers.The management at the Regal Entertainment-owned theater didreceive some complaints over its decision to present
2016
. “Thetheater manager said they received a lot of phone calls frompeople arguing they shouldn’t show the movie,” Sain said. “Hisresponse was, ‘We don’t make movies, we just show them.’ “ According to Sain, the manager compared the reaction to
2016
to that of 
 Fahrenheit 9/11,
 but said it was not as dramatic assome complaints over
The Passion of the Christ 
that same year.The manager told Sain that during the controversial
MelGibson
film people went into the theater to try to disrupt thefilm and that it was necessary to have security remove them.“So they weren’t flying by the seat of their pants with
2016
. They know how to respond tocontroversy,” Sain said.Regal spokesman
Russ Nunley 
said some people “were around the box office wearing pro Obamatees to express their view.” But he said the protest was “very low key and not confrontational.” He alsosaid theater managers received “many positive comments thanking them for playing the film.” At the Houston theater over the weekend, only 
The Amazing Spider-Man
and
 Ice Age: Continental  Drift 
grossed more than
2016
, according to Sain.“We’re getting tremendous media coverage and box office results. More than, frankly, we ever hopedfor,” Sain said. “We thought we’d be really lucky with $15,000 for the entire week, but we doubledthat in just this weekend.”
2016
had been scheduled to expand to 120 theaters on July 27, but Sain said he’s confident thatRocky Mountain Pictures can bump it to about 400 theaters given the initial popularity of the film.Email:paul.bond@thr.com
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