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"2016: Obama's America," the highest-grossing conservative documentary in history

By Prachi Gupta
Published August 27, 2012 9:35PM (EDT)

The new conservative documentary "2016: Obama's America" is looking like a sleeper hit. The film, which portrays President Barack Obama as a radical hell-bent on downsizing America, is based on a New York Times bestseller by Dinesh D'Souza.

Variety described "2016" as a "cavalcade of conspiracy theories, psycho-politico conjectures and incendiary labeling." But according to Entertainment Weekly, the indie documentary "is headed for mainstream success." Since premiering at a single theater in Houston six weeks ago, it has spread to 169 theaters -- and its per screen grosses continue to increase.

The movie is slated to play in 1,090 theaters within coming weeks. Though its sales don't approach liberal documentary hits like  "Fahrenheit 9/11," it could play a role in the 2012 election.

Watch the trailer below:

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Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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