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A first-run film that casts new light on Barack Obama’s radical roots already is setting box-office records while an upcoming release that could also unsettle the White House is expected to draw a strong audience.
On the eve of the Republican National Convention, “2016: Obama’s America” is scheduled for showing in 1,074 theaters, approximately one of every four theaters in the U.S., said Jason Jones, president of Movie to Movement, the non-profit organization promoting the film.
Jones told WND it’s the largest one-week expansion of an independent film in history.
He noted that 35 percent of all tickets sold Thursday on Fandango.com, the No. 1 online movie ticket sales company, were for “2016.”
Jones told WND he expects the audience for the film to grow all the way to the Nov. 6 election.
“We started at a single theater in Houston, Texas,” Jones said. “It was a huge success, grossing $43,000 on one screen in a week, making it a sure bet for expansion.”
Last week, “2016” had the second highest average box office sales of films in wide release, beating many high-budget films, including “The Dark Knight Rises” and “The Bourne Legacy.” It came in in just behind “Expendables 2.”
Jones also screened for WND a movie to be released Sept. 14 in more than 1,200 theaters nationwide, “Last Ounce of Courage.” It’s a film about faith, patriotism and commitment to freedom that tells the story of an American family facing the loss of a beloved son in combat.
The film likely will be uncomfortable for a White House that has endorsed limitations on expressions of faith in military funerals.
“This is a movie that will speak to America,” Richard Bott Sr., the founder and chairman of Bott Radio Network. Bott’s Kansas City, Mo.-based radio Christian powerhouse broadcasts through some 90 stations, with a combined coverage of 40 million people in the Midwest.
Bott pledged to promote “Last Ounce of Courage” throughout his network free of charge.
“This is the most patriotic movie I have ever seen,” he said. “It shows why every schoolchild in America must once again be permitted to praise God openly in our nation’s school.”
Robert B. J. Jackson, a former Army specialist who lost both legs in combat in Iraq, is helping to promote “Last Ounce of Courage.”
“The film is a great vehicle for people to understand the price of freedom and the peril our freedoms face every day to a government determined to remove God from America,” he said.
Marshall Teague, a Navy veteran and a former Deputy Sheriff in Memphis, Tenn., is the lead actor in the film.
“Making this film was one of the greatest spiritual and emotional experiences of my life,” Teague said.
“The movie gave me the opportunity to express what I have felt always – the importance of freedom and the sacrifices that have been made for that freedom, from the beginning of this nation to this second,” he said. “The two most important words every American can say for the country we live in are ‘Thank You.’”
Jones told WND “Last Ounce of Courage” is a movie “certain to mobilize the Christian community throughout America.”
Hundreds of Christian leaders throughout the nation have already offered to sponsor the movie in their local theaters.