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‘Fahrenheit’ turns on box office heat

Michael Moore’s anti-Bush film breaks the single-day records at the two New York theaters. Director Michael Moore’s controversial documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11” turned on the box office heat in its first day in theaters breaking single-day records at the two New York City theaters where it played. The controversial film opens nationwide on Friday, but as CNN’s Jason Carroll reports, ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ has already started people talking. The movie, which aims a critical eye at President Bush and his prosecution of the war in Iraq, sold $49,000 worth of tickets at the Lowe’s Village 7 theater, beating the venue’s single-day record of $43,435 held by 1997’s “Men in Black,” according to distributors Lions Gate Films and IFC Films. At the Lincoln Plaza theater, “Fahrenheit 9/11” took in more than $30,000 to top the $24,013 set by “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” in 2000. A spokesman for Lions Gate Films said the company debuted the movie in the two theaters to help build good word-of-mouth — friend telling friend — publicity ahead of the wide debut Friday when it plays in 868 theaters in all 50 states. The film has caused a storm of controversy because director Moore, whose past work includes Oscar-winning documentary “Bowling for Columbine,” makes a case that the Bush administration was determined to invade Iraq following the Sept. 11 attacks. The movie links Bush family members and business associates with wealthy Saudi Arabian families, including that of Osama bin Laden, and Moore clearly wants to see the president fail to win re-election in this fall’s presidential campaign. Online ticket service reported Wednesday that “Fahrenheit 9/11” was making up 48 percent of advance ticket sales for the weekend ahead, compared to 11 percent for “Dodgeball” and 9 percent for next week’s “Spider-Man 2. (News via CNN)