Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Lions Gate : ``Fahrenheit 9/11'' Back by Popular Demand, to Expand to 600 Print Wide Release Pattern Sept. 24

Film's Distributors to Maintain Expansion Through November

SANTA MONICA, Calif. & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 21, 2004--In an effort to make "Fahrenheit 9/11," the record-breaking, award-winning film sensation, accessible to as many filmgoers as possible nationwide, the film will receive a wide expansion into all of the top markets on Friday, Sept. 24, it was announced today by Tom Ortenberg, President of Lions Gate Films Releasing, Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Entertainment and Fellowship Adventure Group's Harvey and Bob Weinstein.

A list of some of the film's more prominent box-office records, milestones and key figures set by the film since its release June 25 follows:

-- First and only documentary to ever gross over $100 million

-- Highest opening weekend ever for a documentary of any type (including IMAX and concert films)

-- Highest opening ever for a wide release under 1000 screens (beating previous record holder "Rocky III" in 1982)

-- Highest opening ever for a Palme d'Or winner (topping previous record holder "Pulp Fiction" in 1994)

-- Opening weekend numbers outgrossed the total domestic box office for Academy Award(R) winner "Bowling for Columbine," Michael Moore's previous release, which was in theatrical release for nine months

-- Achieved 3rd highest per screen average opening for the year to date among wide releases (behind only "Passion of the Christ" & "Shrek 2")

-- First film to open on under 1000 screens to take the #1 weekend box office spot since 1994 (beating previous record holder "Four Weddings and a Funeral")

-- Number 7 on all time list of opening weekend per screen averages for all films released wide on its opening weekend

-- Had the highest advance online ticket sales for a documentary at over a million dollars

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