Anti-Obama doc stays strong at the box office

President Obama speaks at a campaign event, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 in Charlottesville, Va. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

A new documentary from conservative author Dinesh D'Souza has become an unexpected hit in theaters this summer-movie season. Produced on an estimated budget of just $2.5 million, "2016: Obama's America," has taken in almost $12.5 million at the box office so far.

According to Box Office Mojo, "2016" earned more than $6.5 million in ticket sales last weekend alone (when the documentary went into wider release following a limited run), even beating out the big-budget Hollywood production "Premium Rush" in its opening weekend.

"2016" Box Office Ticket Sales

FACT CHECK: Anti-Obama film muddy on facts

In the documentary, D'Souza suggests that Obama is carrying out an anti-American agenda, based on the so-called teachings of his Kenyan father.

While the film has been universally panned by critics, and the accuracy of the facts have been put into question, ticket sales continue to be strong. In terms of box office, "2016" has been deemed the most successful conservative documentary of all time.

But what impact D'Souza's passion project will have on the outcome of this year's election remains to be seen, until November.

Watch our CBSNews.com report on this documentary at the top of this story.

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