Obama movie brings in $3.1 million in opening weekend

Actors Parker Sawyers, left, and Tika Sumpter, right, attend a special screening of "Southside With You" at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on Aug. 24 in New York. | AP Photo

Obama movie brings in $3.1 million in opening weekend

The film showcasing President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama’s first date earned more than $3 million at the box office in its first weekend of release.

Southside With You, which transports the viewer to a 1989 Chicago outing between Obama and then Michelle Robinson after meeting at a law firm, premiered in 813 theaters this weekend, grossing $3.1 million, according to studio estimates.

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The limited-release film finished 13th at the box office. The film was released by Roadside Attractions and Miramax.

The highest grossing film of the week was Don’t Breathe, a horror film with $26.1 million at 3,051 locations, which also premiered this weekend. It was followed by Suicide Squad with $12.1 million, and Kubo and the Two Strings with $7.9 million.

The film, which stars Parker Sawyers as Barack Obama and Tika Sumpter as Michelle Robinson, first debuted at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in January.

Currently, Obama’s approval ratings are at 51 percent, according to Gallup‘s weekly average for Aug. 15-21. The studio said the president’s improving approval ratings did not factor into the release plans for the film.

“It helps, but we weren’t banking on it,” Howard Cohen, Roadside Attractions’ co-president, said to Variety. “If it had been the reverse, it might have given us pause, but it’s not like we read the approval ratings and said, ‘okay, let’s go to 800 screens.’”

Films showcasing a personal story and released on the big screen are unusual while a president is still in office.

Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president to show up as a significant character in non-documentary movies during his presidency. Most of those bits, however, were narrative devices in patriotic films such as Yankee Doodle Dandy, in which the fictional FDR was called upon to say noble things.

In 1955, Dwight Eisenhower was a prominent character (played by Harry Carey Jr.) in John Ford’s The Long Gray Line, a fictionalized history of West Point. Eight years later, John F. Kennedy (played by Cliff Robertson) was the main character in PT-109, about his heroics in the Navy. Since then, there have been a number of other portrayals of current U.S. presidents on the big screen, though most have taken the form of satire or worse.

David Cohen contributed to this article.

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Obama movie brings in $3.1 million in opening weekend

Actors Parker Sawyers, left, and Tika Sumpter, right, attend a special screening of "Southside With You" at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on Aug. 24 in New York. | AP Photo

Obama movie brings in $3.1 million in opening weekend

The film showcasing President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama’s first date earned more than $3 million at the box office in its first weekend of release.

Southside With You, which transports the viewer to a 1989 Chicago outing between Obama and then Michelle Robinson after meeting at a law firm, premiered in 813 theaters this weekend, grossing $3.1 million, according to studio estimates.

Story Continued Below

The limited-release film finished 13th at the box office. The film was released by Roadside Attractions and Miramax.

The highest grossing film of the week was Don’t Breathe, a horror film with $26.1 million at 3,051 locations, which also premiered this weekend. It was followed by Suicide Squad with $12.1 million, and Kubo and the Two Strings with $7.9 million.

The film, which stars Parker Sawyers as Barack Obama and Tika Sumpter as Michelle Robinson, first debuted at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in January.

Currently, Obama’s approval ratings are at 51 percent, according to Gallup‘s weekly average for Aug. 15-21. The studio said the president’s improving approval ratings did not factor into the release plans for the film.

“It helps, but we weren’t banking on it,” Howard Cohen, Roadside Attractions’ co-president, said to Variety. “If it had been the reverse, it might have given us pause, but it’s not like we read the approval ratings and said, ‘okay, let’s go to 800 screens.’”

Films showcasing a personal story and released on the big screen are unusual while a president is still in office.

Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president to show up as a significant character in non-documentary movies during his presidency. Most of those bits, however, were narrative devices in patriotic films such as Yankee Doodle Dandy, in which the fictional FDR was called upon to say noble things.

In 1955, Dwight Eisenhower was a prominent character (played by Harry Carey Jr.) in John Ford’s The Long Gray Line, a fictionalized history of West Point. Eight years later, John F. Kennedy (played by Cliff Robertson) was the main character in PT-109, about his heroics in the Navy. Since then, there have been a number of other portrayals of current U.S. presidents on the big screen, though most have taken the form of satire or worse.

David Cohen contributed to this article.

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Air Jordan XXX1 N7 // Preview



Upon unveiling, the Air Jordan XXX1 was met with some criticism and lots of conversation. As these things usually go, with time, wears and new colorways the shoe has become better liked and this N7 installment is another step in the right direction.

Sporting a white upper with purple accents on the dual branding and Flyweave toe box, teal pops on the eyelets and midsole with gold also make a cameo in the latter area. Embossed tongue stamping signifies the motif on this upcoming drop, with an early look coming courtesy of Calvin Nguyen. Stay tuned for release details.

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Air Jordan XXX1 N7

Air Jordan XXX1 N7

Air Jordan XXX1 N7

Air Jordan XXX1 N7

Air Jordan XXX1 N7



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Air Jordan XXX1 N7 // Preview



Upon unveiling, the Air Jordan XXX1 was met with some criticism and lots of conversation. As these things usually go, with time, wears and new colorways the shoe has become better liked and this N7 installment is another step in the right direction.

Sporting a white upper with purple accents on the dual branding and Flyweave toe box, teal pops on the eyelets and midsole with gold also make a cameo in the latter area. Embossed tongue stamping signifies the motif on this upcoming drop, with an early look coming courtesy of Calvin Nguyen. Stay tuned for release details.

Air Jordan XXX1 N7

Air Jordan XXX1 N7

Air Jordan XXX1 N7

Air Jordan XXX1 N7

Air Jordan XXX1 N7

Air Jordan XXX1 N7



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Jordan Brand Produced Special Air Jordan 1 for Craig Sager




Heroic sideline reporter and fashion heavyweight Craig Sager has been honored by Jordan Brand with a super limited edition Air Jordan 1.

Currently battling leukemia and doing so with the strength and courage of a lion, Sager’s sneaker ode entitled the “Sager Vision” Jordan 1’s are outfitted in vibrant patterns and textures to ode the media maven’s many erratic and avant-garde suiting options.

DJ Khaled revealed the shoe claiming that he has one of only 2 pairs produced. Take a look below.






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Reigning Champ x New Balance 530 // Release Date



Reigning Champ is gearing up for fall with a couple of new footwear collaborations. Including their Ultra Boost that we previewed earlier this month, we now turn our attention to the Canadian brand’s take on the New Balance 530.

An understated model that resides in the New Balance retro archive, comes outfitted in suede monotone grey and black renditions (black colorway not pictured). Each of the minimal styles seamlessly border both casual and cozy categories and can be yours on September 3 at select retailers including END.



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Reigning Champ x New Balance 530 // Release Date



Reigning Champ is gearing up for fall with a couple of new footwear collaborations. Including their Ultra Boost that we previewed earlier this month, we now turn our attention to the Canadian brand’s take on the New Balance 530.

An understated model that resides in the New Balance retro archive, comes outfitted in suede monotone grey and black renditions (black colorway not pictured). Each of the minimal styles seamlessly border both casual and cozy categories and can be yours on September 3 at select retailers including END.



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Reigning Champ x New Balance 530 // Release Date



Reigning Champ is gearing up for fall with a couple of new footwear collaborations. Including their Ultra Boost that we previewed earlier this month, we now turn our attention to the Canadian brand’s take on the New Balance 530.

An understated model that resides in the New Balance retro archive, comes outfitted in suede monotone grey and black renditions (black colorway not pictured). Each of the minimal styles seamlessly border both casual and cozy categories and can be yours on September 3 at select retailers including END.



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