The film's R rating handed down by the Motion Picture Assn. of America cut into box office, Weinstein said. Theater owners are enforcing it -- with a few exceptions. Allen Michaan, manager of Oakland's Grand Lake Theater, put a sign on his marquee saying it wouldn't be enforcing the restriction. The idea was presented to him by his staff, who felt the rating -- given for some rough language and graphic images -- was unwarranted. Also posted was a political message: "Bush stole the presidency through premeditated election fraud. Bring back integrity to the White House. Vote!"
Industry competitors and the film's distributors themselves had said they expected the movie to gross $10 million to $12 million, but, like Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," observes Revolution Studios partner Tom Sherak, it seems to be mandatory viewing.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Tuesday June 29, 2004 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 2 inches; 77 words Type of Material: Correction
"Fahrenheit 9/11" -- An article about "Fahrenheit 9/11" in Monday's Calendar section said the opening-weekend gross for the Disney film "Miracle" was $18.8 million. The movie, which came the closest among the last nine Disney feature films to "Fahrenheit's" opening-weekend gross of $23.9 million, took in $19.4 million. In addition, in some editions, the article omitted the first name of Harvey Weinstein, one of the heads of the Fellowship Adventure, formed to oversee release of "Fahrenheit 9/11."
"Every once in a while a picture comes along that you have to see," he said. "Like 'Passion,' this one arrived with a lot of hoopla and polarization. Without seeing it, you can't talk about it. It doesn't matter if you like the movie or not -- everyone wants an opinion. Who would have thought it would end up No. 1? As Bill Goldman, the writer, says, 'No one knows anything.' "
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Preliminary results based on studio projections:
*--* Movie 3-day gross Total (millions) Fahrenheit 9/11 $21.8 $22
White Chicks $19.6 $27.1
DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story $18.5 $67.2
The Terminal $13.9 $41.8
The Notebook $13 $13
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of $11.4 $211.7 Azkaban
Shrek 2 $10.5 $397
Garfield $7 $55.8
Two Brothers $6.2 $6.2
The Stepford Wives $5.2 $49
Source: Nielsen EDI, Inc.
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Before Friday's release of "Fahrenheit 9/11," Michael Moore already had two of the five top-grossing documentaries to his credit.
Top-grossing documentaries (excludes Imax and concert films*)
Title Total No. of theaters (Moore's films Opening Domestic Widest in ALL CAPS) Weekend Gross(mill.) Opening Release
FAHRENHEIT 9/11 '04 $21.8 million** $21.9** 868** 2000** BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE '02 $209,148 $21.6 8 248 Winged Migration '03 $33,128 $10.8 1 202 Supersize Me '04 $516,641 $8.7 41 230 Hoop Dreams '94 $18,396 $7.8 3 262 ROGER & ME '89 $80,253 $6.7 4 308
*Imax-format "The Dream is Alive" grossed $125.5 million. Concert film "Eddie Murphy: Raw" grossed $50.5 million.
Source: Nielsen EDI Inc.