Does America want a second look at Hillary Clinton — a hard-edged, no-punches-pulled look? A new documentary about the Democratic nominee, Hillary’s America, has come in #9 on the box-office charts in its first week of full release, with a per-screen average over the weekend that challenges more traditional entertainment fare. The Hollywood Reporter’s Pamela McClintock is impressed:
The decision to time the opening of the scathing takedown of presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to the Republican and Democratic conventions seems to be paying off.
Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza has added another win: Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party has quickly become the top-grossing documentary of the year to date at the U.S. box office, amassing $5.2 million in its first dozen days.
That’s the best showing of any documentary since Amy Winehouse doc Amy earned $8.2 million following its release on July 3, 2015. And among 2016 docs, Hillary’s America easily trumps the $4.1 million grossed by Imax documentary A Beautiful Planet and the $3.8 million grossed by Michael Moore’s Where to Invade Next.
Among political documentaries, Hillary’s America already ranks No. 10.
Among all documentaries since 1982, Hillary’s America ranks 39th in cinematic gross receipts at the moment — with a bullet. It seems poised to take off over the next week or two as the conventions roll to an end, and could easily break the top twenty by the end of summer. If it can hang on that long in the theaters, it might get a second wind as voters start to focus more on the general election.
Clearly, there seems to be a thirst for a view of Hillary that doesn’t rely on mainstream-media narratives. That may well just be the Republican base coming out to see that in a most unusual place — Hollywood’s extension into every community in America — but the longer it stays out there, the wider its appeal may grow. And it’s at least a little ironic that, despite the Democratic convention’s focus on celebrity appeal, none of Hillary’s Hollywood friends thought to produce something similar about Donald Trump.
Last week, I discussed the film with writer and producer Dinesh D’Souza while at the Republican convention: