In the first weekend out, Dinesh D’Souza’s film alleging election fraud in the 2020 election, “2000 Mules,” has made more than $1 million from streaming sites like Rumble and its subscription-based service, Locals.
On Saturday, the conservative commentator’s latest film debuted on Netflix at noon and quickly amassed “over one million dollars” on Rumble and Locals after 12 hours. The sales were “strong enough” to place the film in the “estimated top ten box office for the weekend of May 6th to 8th,” according to PRNewswire. The movie was also shown in a few cinemas on May 2 and 4, according to Newsweek.
“’2000 Mules’ is a great sign for creators who do not want to be muzzled or silenced for their views,” D’Souza said.
“We believe in supporting creative freedom, and we’re excited to provide creators a brand new way to sell their movies independently,” Assaf Lev, the president of Locals, said.
D’Souza tells Hannity that the film’s concept came from True the Vote’s Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips, who he claims obtained “a treasure trove of cellphone data,” known as “cellphone geotracking.” The pair claims to show 2,000 individuals that allegedly made dozens of trips to multiple drop boxes in key swing states such as Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Michigan where they used mail-in ballots.
One informant who was interviewed for the film in Yuma County, Arizona, claimed that “mules” were compensated depending on the number of ballots they put inside into drop boxes.
“I’d be contacted to find out how many ballots were handed in and whether they had been pre-filled out first,” the informant, whose face was covered and voice altered.
The AP wrote that the documentary used “flawed investigation of cellphone data and ballot drop box surveillance videos” to question the 2020 presidential election. It stated why it arrived at this conclusion:
“The movie focuses on “ballot harvesting,” which is a term for “delivering finished ballots to people other than yourself.” According to the AP, the practice is “legal in numerous states but mostly illegal in the states that True the Vote focused on.”
In the past, D’Souza’s movies have caused a stir. His 2012 film “2016: Obama’s America,” which was based on his book “The Roots of Obama’s Rage,” made $33 million. He produced “Trump Card” in 2020, which focused on corruption in the Democratic Party.