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Justin Pemberton & Michelle Walshe’s Richie McCaw doco Chasing Great beat Bad Moms to take the #1 spot at the box office on its opening day yesterday (Thursday).

Transmission Films GM Michael Eldred said the result was “just reward for both the filmmakers and Richie”.

The film set a record for the opening day earnings by a local doco with its take of $89,186 off 97 screens. Including the take from Tuesday’s premiere and preview screenings, it’s already earned close to $190,000.

Playing on over 100 screens from today, the G-rated film is expected to do good business over the weekend, especially as Sunday is Father’s Day.

Audience responses out of the premiere screening were almost universally positive, although the critical reception has been less enthusiastic.

Russell Baillie’s description of the film as “a faith-based movie designed for followers of our national religion” is fair, as was Darren Bevan’s observation that “if you’re after a warts and all insight into the man who’s been dubbed one of the nicest in sport, then you may feel it’s somewhat wanting as a rounded picture”.

Flicks gave the film 2 stars, which is more than several critics gave Suicide Squad and those don’t seem to have deterred the punters.

Chasing Great was produced by Augusto with investment from the NZFC, Woodward Trust and the New Zealand Screen Production Grant with financing from Kiwibank.

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