‘2000 Mules’ Is Year’s Top-Grossing Documentary (So Far)
Dinesh D'Souza's controversial film earned even more via VOD
Michael Moore is the most successful documentary filmmaker of the modern era.
Fact checkers may howl over his tactics, but his films earn the kind of money narrative fare generate.
- “Fahrenheit 9/11” (2004) – $119 million
- “Sicko” (2007) – $24 million
- “Capitalism: A Love Story” – (2009) $14 million
Pundit-turned-filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza may have lapped him in recent years.
Not only has Moore’s output diminished, so have his grosses. Moore’s 2018 film, “Fahrenheit 11/9,” marked his lowest box office haul – $6 million.
Meanwhile, D’Souza’s latest is the year’s biggest documentary hit of 2022 … to date.
According to Box Office Mojo, “2000 Mules” has earned $1.3 million in two weeks of release. Most documentaries earn much less than a $1 million. Some would cheer earning half that amount.
The film’s box office receipts, in a marketplace finally shaking off the pandemic restrictions, are considerable.
And it’s hardly the end of the story for a film questioning the 2020 presidential election results.
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The film is available in select theaters (typically under 500 screens) which undercuts its box office potential. That’s common for documentary releases, which rarely receive the screen count numbers that your average MCU movie receives – think 4,000+ movie houses.
The film’s theatrical run faces other, serious headwinds.
“2000 Mules” made a brief theatrical run before debuting on VOD-like services (Rumble and Locals.com) last month. That multi-pronged release strategy collected $10 million as of May 12, according to Salem Media Group.
Plus, the film has been available on DVD for several days. On Amazon.com, it’s the number one release in the “Movies and TV” category.
The film’s $1.3 million haul is astonishing given all those factors, not to mention the media’s negative response.
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It helps that “2000 Mules: offers a narrative that defies conventional wisdom on the 2020 election. President Donald Trump continues to insist he defeated Joe Biden fair and square two years ago, but he’s been unable to defend that position.
D’Souza’s take on the matter is different, and more complicated. “2000 Mules” alleges corrupting influences, measured by geotracking technology, impacted the vote in several swing states.
Investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson reveals how the media went from being a critical force keeping an eye on government to a courtier press covering up for an administration that shares its ideology. @SharylAttkisson pic.twitter.com/yNlBxts3ZV
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) March 26, 2021
The film’s message has earned mixed reactions on the Right. Author and Daily Wire podcaster Andrew Klavan found much of the material compelling but didn’t think it confirmed the wrong politician came away victorious on Nov. 3, 2020.
The Washington Examiner excoriated both the film and D’Souza in a recent review.
Trump’s diehard fan base, however, insist it’s the electoral smoking gun.
Yeah, and the chicago mob didn’t get kennedy elected in 1960.
Because people are hungry for the TRUTH, something the left is incapable of
I wanted to believe. I had high hopes, but 2000 Mules was a huge disappointment. We see someone depositing multiple ballots at night. Suspicious, but not necessarily illegal. Next we see guys talking about other video showing the same guy going to other deposit boxes that same night, but said video isn’t shown. Why not start with the geo-tracking data showing timestamps for multiple short stops at ballot boxes, followed by video showing the same guy at the stops. THAT would have been almost irrefutable. Either D’Souza doesn’t have the data he claims, or he is a terrible filmmaker who has blown his chance to finally and conclusively prove the fraud.
How about a Director’s Cut that dispenses with some obviously scripted and irrelevant dialog and replaces it with footage showing the multiple people making multiple drops, correlated with the geo-tracking data? The current version isn’t going to change anyone from a skeptic to a believer.
Does it show the tremendous amount of evidence that Trump says he has but never has shown it? Or how Trump’s privately paid audit in Arizona shows Biden won even by more votes counted initially? Oh yea and I’m not a fan of Biden either.
Brain washed idiot, we don’t see anything the deep state doesn’t want us to. Let’s simplify, Trumenomics,bidenomics! YOU DECIDE!