Magazine article Screen International

'45 Years' Becomes First £1M Day-and-Date Film in UK

Magazine article Screen International

'45 Years' Becomes First £1M Day-and-Date Film in UK

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Writer-director Andrew Haigh's critically lauded drama 45 Years has set a UK industry landmark by becoming the first film to cross £1m ($1.5m) at the UK box office after being released online the same day as in cinemas.

The Curzon Artificial Eye charge achieved the feat last night after 12 days of play, and is on course to finish some way north of £1.5m ($2.3m).

The previous best theatrical result for a day and date title was Dardenne brothers drama Two Days, One Night, which grossed £720,000 ($1.1m) lifetime.

45 Years opened on 67 screens and will expand to more than 100 screens from Friday but won't be played at multiplexes due to the broken 'window' release strategy.

The 100-screen mark is also the widest point of release for any day-and-date film. Venue successes for the film have included Curzon Richmond, which posted its biggest opening weekend since The King's Speech. …

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