Asif Kapadia’s critically acclaimed documentary, Amy, has become the highest-grossing British documentary of all time.
The film, which charts the tumultuous and tragically short life of singer Amy Winehouse, has grossed $4.9 million at the US box office – surpassing that of Kapadia’s previous project, Senna.
Speaking of the documentary’s latest record-breaking success, Altitude’s head of distribution, Hamish Moseley said: “Amy is an extraordinary film that we always felt had the potential to be an unusual success and so we are delighted to have surpassed the box office total of Senna to become the third biggest documentary of all time here in the UK.”
To become the top grossing documentary of all time, Amy would have to overtake both March of the Penguins (which took $5.1 million) and Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 ($10 million). The documentary had previously broken the record for the highest opening weekend of a British documentary film – grossing £519,000 from 133 cinemas, three days after its release on 3rd July 2015.
Watch the trailer for the record-breaking documentary below.