Controversial director Michael Moore's political documentary FAHRENHEIT 9/11 is expected to become Britain's highest grossing documentary after breaking box office records in the UK.

The movie - which attacks American President George W Bush's administration - opened on 132 British screens where it was greeted by standing ovations and has taken $2.4 million (GBP1.3 million) since its release on Friday (09JUL04).

The film became the first documentary to top the box office in America, where it has taken $80 million (GBP45 million) so far, and also scored the highest opener for a PALME D'OR winner, beating Pulp Fiction at $1.3 million (GBP705,000).

Britain's previous highest opening weekend for a documentary was set by Moore's first film Bowling For Columbine, which took $300,000 (GBP158,000) in its first three days.

12/07/2004 21:00