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Fahrenheit 9/11 Passes $100 million mark in USA

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posted on Jul, 26 2004 @ 02:55 AM
Moore: $100 million man

Michael Moore took the unusual step of hosting a Sunday morning conference call to trumpet the $100 million milestone crossed by "Fahrenheit 9/11."

As the dozen or so journos checked in to the call, he helpfully suggested, "While we're waiting, can everyone please sing their favorite Linda Ronstadt (news) song?"

While "Fahrenheit" is the first doc ever to cross this threshold, Moore also used the occasion to thump the underperforming slate at Walt Disney Co., which blocked subsidiary Miramax from distributing the scathing critique of President Bush (news - web sites).

I predicted sometime ago that Fahrenheit 9/11 would gross at least $160 million in the USA market. I don't know if that figure will be reached, but the film has already exceeded all expectations, including Moore's. As pointed out, it is the first documentary to gross $100 million. The article also points out that no Disney film has grossed $100 million this year.

posted on Jul, 26 2004 @ 03:06 AM
By the way, for you dogmatists who insist that Fahrenheit 9/11 is not a documentary, because a documentary must be 100% factual, with no opinions or editorializing, here is a diverse list of definitions of "documentary", courtesy of nyarlathotep. NEWSFLASH! You do not get to define words to mean what you want them to mean. You must accept the commonly accepted meaning of words, rather than creating your own definition to make a point.

Documentary is the creative treatment of actuality."
-- John Grierson, Cinema Quarterly 22.1, 8.

"Documentary defines not subject or style, but approach. ... Documentary approach to cinema differs from that of story-film not in its disregard for craftsmanship, but in the purpose to which that craftsmanship is put."
--Paul Rotha, Cinema Quarterly, 2.2, 78.

"A non-fiction text using 'actuality' footage, which may include the live recording of events and relevant research materials (i.e. interviews, statistics, etc.). This kind of text is uually informed by a particular point of view, and seeks to address a particular social issue which is related to and potentially affects the audience."
--Paul Wells, "The Documentary Form: Personal and Social 'Realities,'" An Introduction to Film Studies, 2nd ed., ed. Jill Nelmes, 212.

"[A]ny film practice that has as its subject persons, events, or situations that exist outside the film in the real world."
--Steve Blandford, Barry Keith Grant, and Jim Hillier, The Film Studies Dictionary, 73.

"A nonfiction film . Documentaries are usually shot on location, use actual persons rather than actors, and focus thematically on historical, scientific, social, or environmental subjects. Their principle purpose is to enlighten, inform, educate, persuade, and provide insight into the world in which we live."
--Frank Beaver, Dictionary of Film Terms, 119.

"A nonfiction film about real events and people, often avoiding traditional narrative structures."
--Timothy Corrigan, A Short Guide to Writing About Film, 4th ed., 206.

"Film of actual events; the events are documented with the real people involved, not with actors."
--Ralph S. Singleton and James A. Conrad, Filmmaker's Dictionary, 2nd ed., 94.

"A documentary film purports to present factual information about the world outside the film."
--David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson, Film Art: An Introduction, 5th ed., 42.

"A film or video presentation of actual events using the real people involved and not actors."
--John W. Cones, Film Finance and Distribution, 154.

"A type of film marked by its interpretative handling of realistic subjects and backgrounds. Sometimes the term is applied widely to include films that appear more realistic than conventional commercial pictures; at other times, so narrowly that only films with a narration track and a background of real life are so categorized."
--Edmund F. Penney, Facts on File Film and Broadcast Terms, 73.

"A term with a wide latitude of meaning, basically used to refer to any film or program not wholly fictional in nature."
--James Monaco, The Dictionary of New Media, 94.

"A film that deals directly with fact and not fiction, that tries to convey reality as it is instead of some fictional version of reality. These films are concerned with actual people, places, events, or activities."
--Ira Konigsberg, The Complete Film Dictionary, 2nd ed., 103.

"Unlike most fiction films , documentaries deal with facts--real people, places, and events rather than invented ones. Documentarists believe that they're not creating a world so much as reporting on the one that already exists."
--Louis Giannetti, Understanding Movies

posted on Jul, 26 2004 @ 06:37 PM
100 million didnt see that anywhere on the news of course

posted on Jul, 26 2004 @ 07:29 PM

Originally posted by Scolecite
100 million didnt see that anywhere on the news of course

Are you questioning that Fahrenheit 9/11 has gone over $100 million?

Through 7/25, the figure is $103,115,645.

Weekend Box Office

posted on Jul, 26 2004 @ 07:34 PM
The worlwide total is now over $116 million:
Worldwide: $116,639,645

I think it's slowing down right now though.
The number of theaters is showing at is starting to drop and the money per theater that it's bringing in is also dropping.

It's still had a good run though.

DVD sales will bring in a lot of money also when it's released.


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