New film 'Amy' a US box office success

The new documentary film ‘Amy’ about singer Amy Winehouse looks to be heading for record earnings in the US for a film of this category.

The new documentary film ‘Amy’ about iconic young British singer Amy Winehouse looks to be heading for record earnings in the US for a film of this category.

Industry insiders have been surprised with the box office success in the first few weeks of release, $4.7 million to date. This places Asif Kapadia’s film among the highest earning specialty documentaries in recent years.

The initial release in just 6 theatres grew to 435. Documentary productions don’t earn anywhere near the sums of Hollywood blockbusters but in context this appears to be a remarkable genre success.

Amy’s story is one of a rapid rise to worldwide stardom, GRAMMY awards, a personal life plagued by drugs and alcohol addiction, incident and drama finally ending with her tragic death aged 27 in 2011.

Top 5 documentary film earners:

1. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004 - $119.2)
2. March Of The Penguins (2005 - $77.4)
3. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011 - $73.0)
4. 2016: Obama’s America (2012 - $33.4)
5. Earth (2007 - $32.0)

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