Monty Python Farewell Show Draws $6.6 Million in Cinemas
Monty Python’s dead parrot may have squarked his last, but the famed Norwegian Blue’s final wooden appearance on stage has helped earn some serious money.
According to U.K. distributor Picturehouse Entertainment, its live broadcast of the comedy troupe’s final performance of Monty Python Live (mostly) on July 20 scooped $6.58 million worldwide.
The show, which saw Michael Palin, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam take to the stage one last time at London’s O2 Arena in front of 15,000 fans, was broadcast across 3,000 screens in 52 countries.
Taking into account encore screenings, Picturehouse claims it reached an audience of 330,000 viewers, 100,00 of which were located in the U.S. and Canada.
"It’s been a privilege to be entrusted with the cinema release of such a historic event," said Marc Allenby, director of distribution at Picturehouse Entertainment. "The excitement and enthusiasm we've experienced from cinema operators and customers alike has been overwhelming — and the fantastic results we’ve seen from around the world reflect this."