Controversial pundit Dinesh D'Souza's latest documentary received a lackluster response from moviegoers.
It went on to make $13 million. D'Souza's first documentary was "2016: Obama's America," which bowed with $6.5 million and topped out with a strong $33 million. His last movie, "Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party," generated $3.6 million during its wide release in 2016. Prior to that, 2014's "America: Imagine the World Without Her" picked up $2.6 million when it opened nationwide before ending its theatrical run with $14.4 million.
He also tweeted about the film, saying, "It's going to fire up Republicans for the midterms." It also garnered praise from the Trumps, including Donald Trump Jr., who co-hosted a screening of the documentary in Washington D.C.
While a start over a million dollars is impressive for any documentary given the low price tag, it's not exactly promising for a film that debuted in over 1,000 locations. D'Souza's previous titles all bowed in limited release before expanding.
Earlier this year, Trump pardoned D'Souza, who pled guilty in 2014 to a felony campaign finance violation.” />
"This film is a great reminder about what the left really stands for and why conservatives must never stop fighting for freedom and liberty," Stephanie Hamill, a journalist with right-wing publication the Daily Caller, wrote on Twitter. Though the doc currently holds a 0% on review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, it has generated some positive sentiment among conservatives.
"Death of a Nation" made $2.3 million when it opened on 1,032 screens, averaging a tepid $2,248 per theater. The documentary, which explores fascism and white supremacy and compares President Donald Trump to Abraham Lincoln, is the lowest wide release launch to date for the right-wing conservative filmmaker. It's the first political documentary to bow nationwide since Ben Stein’s "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" debuted 10 years ago.
In his review of "Death of a Nation,"Variety's chief film critic Owen Gleiberman says, “Dinesh D’Souza goes over the top — of hate, and of truth — in his latest documentary, a radical-right screed that equates liberalism with Nazism.” He adds, "Dinesh D'Souza is no longer preaching to the choir; he's preaching to the mentally unsound."