Other NZ hits eat dust of 'Fastest Indian'

By Russell Baillie

The World's Fastest Indian is gaining fast on previous New Zealand homegrown box-office champs and may become our biggest domestic hit.

The film about Invercargill motorcycle legend Burt Munro has grossed $6 million in local ticket sales - representing more than 400,000 tickets - since its release in October. That makes it the third-highest grossing NZ film ever, behind Once Were Warriors ($6.8 million) and Whale Rider ($6.4 million). With attendances still high, its distributor says the film is well on its way to top the chart.

The World's Fastest Indian is also the third-highest grossing release of 2005 behind the New Zealand-filmed blockbusters King Kong and Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.

Meanwhile, TVNZ has scheduled a behind-the-scenes documentary, The World's Fastest Indian - The Burt Munro Story, to screen on TV One on February 4.

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