Some in Hollywood were stumped by the amount of business the documentary did at the Regal Union Square Stadium 14 in lower Manhattan, situated in a liberal neighborhood where films from the likes of Moore have done huge business.
Obama's America was the No. 3 film of the weekend behind The Dark Knight and Total Recall at Union Square, prompting at least one film executive to joke that people must have thought it was a pro-Obama documentary (New York is the No. 1 city when it comes to the amount of giving to the Obama campaign).
Moreover, Union Square turned in the second-best gross of any theater in the country after a multiplex in Simi Valley.