At first glance, you may look at the box office numbers of Conservative Dinesh D’Souza’s Death Of A Nation and compare that to Progressive Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9 and think to yourself “but Fahrenheit 11/9 made more money”. On face value yes, however, there are a lot more variables to this story that the media won’t let you in on, like the fact that they tried to ensure victory for Moore at the expense of D’Souza and failed.
By looking purely at the numbers, Death Of A Nation currently sits at $5,885,881 in 10 weeks at the box office versus Fahrenheit 11/9 which sits at $6,203,733 in 4 weeks. So in 6 fewer weeks, Moore’s film made over $300,000 more than D’Souza’s. But let’s look a little deeper. Death Of A Nation opened in 700 FEWER theaters across the country. Fahrenheit 11/9’s 1,719 theaters in the United States and Canada was the widest-ever for a Moore film and double the exposure of his hit film Fahrenheit 9/11.
Now, this is where the numbers start getting good, While Fahrenheit 11/9 cost 1-2 Million dollars less than Death Of A Nation in production, the marketing budget behind Moore’s film was considerably larger with 10 million dollars just to market the film. This is where Moore’s film is considered to be the big loser by comparison. Fahrenheit 11/9 received exposure and media reception than Dinesh could only dream of. Not only did Moore get to premiere his film at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, but he also received a big push by cable news networks and late night talk shows to promote the film. Bill Maher, Stephen Colbert, ABC News, CNN, NBC, CBC, Entertainment Tonight, The View, etc. Dinesh…not so much, he got an interview on Fox News of course but that was about it
Then, of course, you have the reception amongst the media. While the mainstream media, by and large, didn’t even bother to review Death of a Nation and if they did cover it, it was to attack the film, Fahrenheit 11/9 enjoyed showering praise with a large number of critics hailing it as his best work in years. Yet with all of those advantages on Michael Moore’s side…his film only made $319,000 more than D’Souza’s.
Just like the 2016 presidential election, all the tools in the pockets of the left and they still couldn’t get the job done.