Fahrenheit 9/11 has achieved record-breaking single day grosses at both Manhattan's Loew's Village 7 theater and Manhattan's Lincoln Plaza theater, the two theaters at which it opened today, it was announced by Tom Ortenberg, President of Lions Gate Films Releasing, and Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Entertainment.
The film has currently grossed $49,000 at the Loew's Village 7, which already beats the theater's previous all-time single day record, which was "Men in Black" on July 4, 1997, at $43,435. The film has also set an all-time single day record of over $30,000 at the Lincoln Plaza, besting the old mark of $24,013 set by "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" on Dec. 8, 2000.
Ortenberg stated, "We expected the film to do very well upon its opening in Manhattan, but these record-breaking figures are well beyond what we could have hoped for. They are a testament to the overwhelming public interest in Michael Moore's groundbreaking film and the fantastic critical response it has received upon its national opening. We are looking forward to a terrific overall figure for the film's first weekend in release across the country."
"Wednesday clearly was an historic launch to what will be an historic film," stated Sehring. "The interest in this film is now, quite clearly, translating into unprecedented box office. Each of us who is part of the distribution team is unified and working tirelessly to bring Michael Moore's vision to the largest audience possible. The teamwork shown in this project has been unprecedented as we all work for a common goal, and now we are beginning to see the results."
This year's winner of the prestigious Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, FAHRENHEIT 9/11 is being released by a coalition of companies that includes Bob and Harvey Weinstein's Fellowship Adventure Group, a newly created special-purpose company; Lions Gate Films, the motion picture production and distribution arm of Lions Gate Entertainment (AMEX and TSX: LGF - News News); and IFC Films. Pay TV rights will be handled by Showtime, Lions Gate's Pay TV partner.
FAHRENHEIT 9/11 is Michael Moore's first feature film since BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE, which won the 2003 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature. FAHRENHEIT 9/11 brought Moore his first Palme d'Or and his second major award from the Cannes Film Festival, following the 55th Anniversary Prize he received at the 2002 Festival. Moore is the first documentary filmmaker in cinema history to be honored twice at Cannes.
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