He will beat out Edward Klein’s “Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas” at No. 3 and Hillary Clinton’s “Hard Choices” at No. 5.
WND reported last month Costco pulled D’Souza’s book from its stores nationwide one day before the companion movie of the same name was scheduled to open at more than 1,000 movie theaters nationwide.
In the nationwide uproar that resulted, the book “America” shot to No. 1 on Amazon.com bestseller list.
The day after WND’s July 7 story, WND reported Costco Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti, amid a flood of opposition from members, informed WND that the wholesale giant had reversed its decision and was in the process of reordering “America” to restock all Costco stores nationwide.
As of Saturday, according to sources inside the company, Costco was selling about 10,000 copies of D’Souza’s “America” each week, for a total of more than 40,000 books. Costco’s sales for “America” are about 25 percent better than for Clinton’s “Hard Choices.”
The film “America” is on track to become the No. 6 political documentary of all time. It’s scheduled to surpass the $14 million mark in box office revenue, topping Michael Moore’s 2009 documentary “Capitalism: A Love Story.”
D’Souza can now claim two feature films in the top 10 political documentaries, with his 2012 film, “2016: Obama’s America,” ranked No. 2, with nearly $33.5 million in lifetime gross revenue. It trails only Michael Moore’s 2004 documentary, “Fahrenheit 9/11,” with lifetime gross revenue exceeding $119 million.
The financial backers producing “America” have decided to keep the film in theaters through at least the end of the summer.
At present, its showing are scaling down by approximately a third, from 760 theaters nationwide the first week to 478.
“America” opens with a dramatic fictional scene of the British defeating the American Revolutionary War Army as Gen. George Washington is shot to death on the battlefield by a British sniper.
The documentary considers what the world would look like if American didn’t exist.
It depicts iconic American monuments such as the Statue of Liberty in New York and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington dissolving into sand.
It dramatizes Abraham Lincoln arguing famously that the future risk to United Sates national security will not come from foreign enemies but from within.
The film features interviews with prominent leftist authors and activists ranging, including Norm Chomsky and Ward Churchill, who portray the U.S. as a racially oppressive nation in which power has been accumulated through imperialist foreign wars and domestic class warfare that oppresses people of color, starting with the indigenous Indian tribes displaced form their lands and slaves brought in chains from Africa.
D’Souza presents the socialist indictment of America so convincingly that some conservative viewers may initially feel uncomfortable.
“One woman in our first screenings actually walked out, asking, ‘Why are you giving the left so much time,” D’Souza said in a Q&A after the film’s New York premiere.
“We had to ask her to be patient. The refutation of the indictment from the left was coming next.”
In the second act of the film, D’Souza’s articulates a compelling view of American exceptionalism in which, he argues, America should not be condemned for slavery, a crime common to many nations in the age of conquest, but praised for fighting a great civil war that ended slavery.