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#Blockbuster: Asif Kapadia’s ‘AMY’ smashes box office records for Brit doc

Asif Kapadia’s painful and beautiful documentary about tragic singer Amy Winehouse has just had the biggest opening of a British documentary of all time.

‘Amy’, the follow-up to Kapadia’s critically and commercially successful documentary debut ‘Senna’, opened this weekend and racked up £520,000 at the box office.

The film also became the second biggest documentary debut in Britain after Michael Moore’s blockbuster Fahrenheit 911.

‘Amy’ won widespread plaudits when it premiered at Cannes earlier this year and is set to expand to more than 200 screens across the UK this week after opening at 133 cinemas.

The film had a limited simultaneous release in the U.S., opening strongly in six theaters in New York and Los Angeles.  The film’s US distributor is planning to take the film nationwide this weekend.

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