Moore movie expands showings in Arkansas

(July 1, 2004) — (Little Rock-AP) -- Because of unexpectedly brisk opening weekend ticket sales, additional Arkansas theaters plan to show the Michael Moore movie "Fahrenheit Nine-Eleven" starting tomorrow. Lion's Gate Films originally released the film to only 868 theaters nationwide. By comparison, "Spider-Man Two" is opening in more than 41-hundred theaters. The documentary, which takes the Bush administration to task for actions after the September 11, 2001, attacks, took in 23-point-9 million dollars in its first weekend. The distributor plans to expand the film to 1,710 theaters this weekend. The film will be shown for the first time in Arkansas cities including Batesville, Bella Vista and Conway. Dick Westerling, a senior vice president of marketing with the Knoxville, Tennessee-based Regal Entertainment Group, said the movie has been unexpectedly popular. The company released it in its theaters that traditionally show independent movies, but it will begin showing it this Friday in more mainstream houses, including the U-A Lakewood Eight in North Little Rock.