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Jul. 12th, 2004

Moore film a Brit hit
MICHAEL Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 broke the British box office record for a documentary in its opening weekend by taking £1.3 million ($3.35 million), the film's British distributor said today.
The film - a vitriolic assault on President George W Bush over the September 11 attacks and the Iraq war - opened Friday on 132 British screens and has received standing ovations from audiences.
Distribution company Optimum Releasing said the previous opening weekend record for a documentary was set by Moore's Bowling for Columbine, which took £158,000 ($405,300 at today's exchange rates) in its first three days.
The early success of Fahrenheit 9/11 meant it was likely to become the biggest grossing documentary ever in Britain. The record is held by the 2003 mountaineering film Touching the Void, which took £2.58 million ($6.66 million).
In the US, Fahrenheit 9/11 was the fourth biggest grosser in its third weekend with $US11 million ($15.25 million), raising its total to $US80.1 million ($111.07 million). The film appears headed beyond $US100 million ($138.67 million), which would make it the first documentary to cross that mark.

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