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Fahrenheit 9/11 Sets Box Office Record

The conservative campaign to squelch "Fahrenheit 9/11" failed. A lot.

The Hollywood Reporter says Michael Moore's op-ed piece finished first at the box office last weekend with $23.9 million -- an opening figure never before achieved by a documentary. But that's not all. Toss in receipts from early screenings and "Fahreheit's" total tally jumps to $24.1 million.

"Fahreheit" was shown at 868 locations, a relatively low figure for a major release. Nonetheless, it beat out second-place finisher "White Chicks," which brought in $19.6 million at 2,726 locations. I guess Moore won't be on the Wayans' Christmas card list this year.

Bottom line: In less than a week, "Fahreheit 9/11" has become the top-grossing documentary of all time. The previous champ -- Moore's 2002 Oscar winner "Bowling for Columbine" -- brought in $21.6 million over nine months.

Based on these numbers it would appear that the vast right-wing conspiracy isn't quite as vast as previously reported.

For more on "Fahrenheit 9/11" check out our review and visit our spotlight page. -- Mac Slocum


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Posted by Mac on June 28, 2004 09:40 PM
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