Box Office: Dinesh D’Souza’s ‘Hillary’s America’ Becomes Top Grossing Doc of 2016 – Hollywood Reporter

1:47 PM PDT 7/27/2016 by Pamela McClintoc

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The decision to time the opening of the scathing takedown of presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to the Republican and Democratic political 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 — or the $3.8 million grossed by Michael Moore’s Where to Invade Next.

Among political documentaries, Hillary’s America already ranks No. 10.

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“Lincoln”

Steven Spielberg’s masterful Lincoln might more accurately have been called The 13th Amendment — and while the choice of the more marketable title is easy to understand, the more crucial decision to limit the scope of the film to the last few months of Lincoln’s life, and to focus less on Lincoln himself than on the political machinations of bringing about his most enduring legal legacy, must have been harder to make.

Watching Daniel Day-Lewis‘ sublime interpretation of perhaps the most iconic figure in American history, it’s easy to wish that Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner (Munich) had chosen to adapt a greater swath of their source material; namely, the popular historian Doris Kearns Goodwin‘s study Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, which covers Lincoln’s presidency and his working relationships with members of his cabinet, including three who ran against him in his first presidential campaign.

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