2016 (poster)Well, who knew?!

Actually we did ’cause last week we reported that momentum for “2016: Obama’s America” was building and this weekend prior to the opening of the Republican National Convention, the film is doing extremely well at the box office.

“2016: Obama’s America” raked in $2.2 million on Friday, outperforming other openers “Premium Rush” and the indie comedy “Hit and Run.” The earnings also make it the top-grossing documentary of the year.

The surprising numbers put the film in fourth place overall on an otherwise sleepy box office weekend. It follows the cast-ensemble pleaser “Expendables 2” at No. 1 at $3.7 million, and the Jeremy Renner-anchored “Bourne Legacy,” which secured the No. 2 spot at $2.7 million. Animated flick “ParaNorman” snagged third place at $2.3 million on Friday.

The documentary expected to bow down with a total earning of $6 million for the weekend. Exhibitors are reporting busloads arriving at theaters around the country in pre-organized trips. It also employed much of the same marketing techniques used to garner attention and support for faith-based films, understandable since the audience is overlapping.

Read/learn more at Deadline.com.

Meanwhile, if you haven’t seen “2016: Obama’s America,” you may be wondering what the critics have to say about it. Here’s a taste of what the Washington Post’s Michael Sullivan wrote:

Why is the film called “2016”? D’Souza’s one-sided argument ultimately stoops to fear-mongering of the worst kind, stating in no uncertain terms that, if the president is reelected, the world four years from now will be darkened by the clouds of economic collapse, World War III (thanks to the wholesale renunciation of our nuclear superiority) and a terrifyingly ascendant new “United States of Islam” in the Middle East. These assertions are accompanied by footage of actual dark clouds and horror-movie music.

The real bogeyman isn’t Obama, who D’Souza acknowledges can come across as an appealing and charismatic leader. That honor is shared by several men D’Souza refers to as Obama’s “founding fathers,” in an unsubtle dig at the president’s patriotism. It’s a group that includes communist Frank Marshall Davis; former Weather Underground member Bill Ayers; academic Edward Said, whose views are described as anti-Zionist; liberal Harvard professor Roberto Unger; and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, a proponent of so-called black liberation theology.

None of the names of these putative villains is new, which gives “2016” the air of a “Nightmare on Elm Street” sequel, pandering to the franchise’s hard-core fans, while boring everyone else.

Read the rest of the review at The Washington Post.

Watch the trailer for “2016: Obama’s America”: