Director Michael Moore's controversial film FAHRENHEIT 9/11 is heading to the top of the America box office after taking in $8.4 million (GBP4.6 million) in its first day of release.

Based on Friday's (25JUN04) numbers, Fahrenheit 9/11 was on track for an opening weekend that would surpass the $21.6 million (GBP12 million) total gross of Moore's Bowling For Columbine, his OSCAR-winning 2002 film which holds the record as the highest domestic gross among documentaries, excluding concert films and movies made for huge-screen IMAX theatres.

Friday grosses for Fahrenheit 9/11 ran about $1.5 million (GBP833,000) ahead of its closest competitor, comedy White Chicks. The performance of Fahrenheit 9/11 is even more remarkable considering it played in just 868 theatres - less than a third the number for White Chicks.

Fahrenheit 9/11 paints American President George W Bush a neglectful leader who ignored terrorism warnings before 11 September (01), then stirred up fear of more attacks to win public support for the Iraq war.

The movie won the top honour - the PALME D'OR at the Cannes Film Festival last month (MAY04).

27/06/2004 21:09