Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 opened with some serious box office thunder in New York City on Wednesday, breaking several long-held house records. In fact, its $49,000 performance at the Loews Village 7 theater in Greenwich Village was so strong, the theater decided to run the film 24 hours a day. Loews Village 7's previous single-day record of $43,435 was set by Men In Black on July 4th, 1997 (NOTE: holiday weekend). At New York's Lincoln Plaza theater the film grossed over $30,000, beating the previous mark of $24,013 set in 2000 by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Reports on Saturday morning have estimated Friday's grosses ranging from $6-8 million (Variety) to $8.2 million (Box Office Mojo). Astonishing numbers which, if the usual pattern holds true, could amount to opening weekend grosses of more than $30,000,000, putting it the number one documentary of all time in its first 5 days of release (excluding large format, concert, compilation and reality TV movies). Moore's previous film, Bowling For Columbine, took more than 11 months to reach its eventual domestic total of $21,575,958.