Amy Winehouse documentary 'Amy' breaks UK box office record in opening weekend

'Amy' enjoys the best opening weekend for a British documentary film ever

Amy, the acclaimed film about the late Amy Winehouse, has broken a UK box office record over its opening weekend.

The feature-length documentary from Asif Kapadia, the BAFTA-winning director of Senna, has earned £519,000 in UK cinemas since opening on Friday (July 3), the best ever opening weekend total for a British documentary film and second best opening weekend total for a documentary film ever. Only Michael Moore's 2004 documentary about the War on Terror, Fahrenheit 9/11, earned more in UK cinemas over its opening weekend.

Amy played in a total of 133 cinemas across the UK and Ireland this weekend - and will play in over 200 this coming weekend beginning Friday, July 10. Hamish Moseley of the film's distributors Altitude said of its success: "We are thrilled that audiences have come out en masse during a period of exceptionally fine weather to see Amy."

"It is testament to not only an incredible film, from some of the UK's leading filmmakers, but also to the unique talent and enormous lasting appeal of Amy Winehouse," he added. "We are delighted that audiences have chosen to celebrate the life of the truly talented musical icon."

READ MORE: 10 Reasons Why Amy Winehouse Documentary 'Amy' Is An Essential Watch

Meanwhile, Amy also enjoyed a successful opening weekend in the US, earning an impressive $222,000 (£142,000) from just six cinemas there. It is expected to expand into a greater number of US cinemas in the coming weeks.

Book your tickets for Amy here http://amyfilmtickets.co.uk.

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