The anti-Obama documentary
"2016: Obama's America" began showing in more than 1,000 theaters nationwide on Friday, more than any political documentary in the past eight years, since Michael Moore's 2004 film "Sicko" was released in 1,117 theaters.
"2016," which argues that President Obama's father's Kenyan roots
have led the president to take an anti-American world view, has grossed more than $2.6 million since it was first released in Houston last month. The film is now the eleventh highest-grossing political documentary in history, according to Box Office Mojo, which tracks movie ticket sales.
"Demand has driven the expansion a 'little' fast[er] than I had planned but the early morning numbers from theaters is telling me 2016 is going to have a nice weekend at the box-office," Randy Slaughter, a spokesman for the film's distributor Rocky Mountain Pictures, said in an email.
While reviews of the film have been less than glowing - Variety's Joe Leydon dubbed it a "a cavalcade of conspiracy theories, psycho-politico conjectures and incendiary labeling"
- a several big-name conservatives have endorsed the highly-critical look at Obama's past....
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has mentioned the film at least three times over the past month, saying it shows "exactly what I've told you from the get-go, that Obama has a chip on his shoulder about this country, that it's illegitimate, it's immoral, its founding was unjust, and it's his role, it's his job to cut this country down to size 'cause that's what this country deserves."