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Hollywood Stunned by Anti-Obama Movie’s Success, But Studies By Movieguide® Show Patriotic Conservative Movies Earn the Most

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Each year we do a study of the political content in the major movies released

As Republicans gathered for their convention in Tampa, Fla., liberals in Hollywood were stunned this weekend by the success of conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary, “2016: Obama’s America” attacking the leftist roots of Democrat President Obama’s Anti-American political ideology.

“Obama’s America” came in Number 8 at the box office this weekend, but led the way among the Top 20 Movies with a per-screen average of $5,718.

“The success of Dinesh’s movie doesn’t surprise Movieguide®,” said Dr. Ted Baehr, publisher of the family guide to movies and entertainment. “Each year we do a study of the political content in the major movies released, and every year, conservative movies with strong Pro-American, patriotic, conservative, anti-socialist, and pro-capitalist content and values earn far more money than liberal movies with strong Anti-American, pro-socialist, anti-capitalist content.”

For example, in 2011, Movieguide® counted 91 instances of strong conservative content in movies and 105 instances of strong liberal content. The conservative content averaged $59 million in the United States and Canada, but the liberal content averaged less than $10.7 million.

“Dinesh’s movie also is one of the most entertaining, insightful conservative documentaries ever produced,” Dr. Baehr added, “which makes its success even more assured.”

Dr. Baehr pointed out that people shouldn’t be surprised at these box office figures because, according to Gallup last November, 42% of Americans consider themselves conservative but only 21% of Americans consider themselves liberal.

For its 2011 survey, Movieguide® counted such movies as “Captain America,” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “Battle: Los Angeles,” “Hugo,” “Coriolanus,” “Reel Steal,” “Mars Needs Moms,” and “Atlas Shrugged” as having at least some strong Pro-American, patriotic, or other conservative content. Movies like “X-Men: First Class,” “Super 8,” “The Ides of March,” “Red State,” “Beginners,” “Bad Teacher,” and “Happy Feet Two” were deemed to have at least some strong Anti-American, anti-patriotic, or liberal content.

Dr. Baehr noted that the two top blockbuster movies at the box office this year, “The Avengers” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” had strong conservative, patriotic, anti-socialist, and/or pro-capitalist content.

Dr. Baehr is chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission® (CFTVC) ministry and director of its family guide to movies and entertainment, Movieguide® (http://www.movieguide.org). CFTVC and Movieguide® are an international non-profit ministry, advocacy group, and watchdog dedicated to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media.”

The New York Times has called Movieguide® the “most conservative” review website. Each year, Movieguide® analyzes the box office success and failure of different kinds of content in movies. Year in and year out, its study shows that family-friendly movies with Christian, biblical, conservative values and with no foul language, graphic violence, and explicit sex or nudity make the most money by significant margins.

For more information, or a copy of Movieguide®’s Annual Report to the Entertainment Industry, please call. For an interview with Dr. Ted Baehr please contact the email provided.

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