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article imageNew releases may not help box office but '2016' doing well

By Tim O'Brien     Aug 30, 2012 in Entertainment
The box office is in the doldrums as kids head back to school and now, football is starting, so why no mention of the success of a documentary? After all, when headlines are scarce at the box office, one must look a little deeper.
Well, unless it is for certain documentaries, that is. If Michael Moore was behind the camera for "2016 Obama's America," the stories would be plenty and the hype would drive the turnstiles even more. But he isn't and it isn't a positive look on the current president. So, crickets chirping can be heard.
But the film is doing well and it expands this weekend. It has grossed more than $10 million. It is also the highest grossing conservative documentary of all time.
Moving on, college football is in full steam this weekend so we will see if it will be another slow time for movies. As with other holiday weekends, Labor Day has fallen off the radar when it comes to major blockbuster talk. But, summer is still here, even though Hollywood has gone into fall already.
Weekend releases
1. "Lawless" - 2,565 theaters (opened on Wednesday to $1.1 million)
2. "Oogieloves In The BIG Balloon Adventure" - 2,160 theaters
3. "2016 Obama's America" - expanding to 1,800 theaters
As for the continued tracking of "The Dark Knight Rises," it is officially in the top ten all time, domestically. It is No. 9 with $423.9 million and now sets its sights on "E.T." at No. 8. That will not be an easy task as the film starts to, perhaps, settle in where it will end up. "E.T." has a domestic take of $435.1 million.
The other list for the preview to the box office is for "2016: Obama's America." The studio notes, "it has grown its cumulative box office by 341 percent since it took in more than $31,000 from its opening weekend in a singular Houston theater location."
The top states for "2016: Obama's America" include:
1. California
2. Texas
3. Florida
4. Georgia
5. Ohio
6. Illinois
7. New York
8. Arizona
9. Colorado
10. Virginia
Texas continues to drive revenue with five of the film's top-10 grossing theaters coming from the state. While California and New York are listed in the top-10 states that have contributed the most to the documentary's box office due to the large size of their respective populations, individual markets including Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City are part of the lowest performing areas by contrast to the norm, noted the release.
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