'Boy' grabs New Zealand boxoffice crown

Coming-of-age comedy becomes top grossing local film ever

SYDNEY -- New Zealand feature "Boy," has become the top grossing local film ever at the New Zealand boxoffice.

It passed NZ$7.05 million ($4.7 million) on Friday overtaking 2005's "The World's Fastest Indian," according to distributors Transmission Films.

The heartfelt coming-of-age comedy set on the rural east coast of New Zealand, "Boy" tells the tale of Boy, Rocky and their inept wannabe gangster father Alamein. It's inspired by writer-director Taika Waititi's Oscar-nominated short, "Two Cars, One Night" and his own childhood in Waihau Bay.

"Boy" opened in New Zealand on March 25 and sat in the number one position for five weeks. It was also the fastest number one earner of all time, taking just eight weeks to hit that mark.

"Boy" will screen at both the Sydney and Melbourne International Film Festivals, before its commercial release in Australia later in the year.

It was produced with the assistance of the New Zealand Film Production Fund Trust, The New Zealand Film Commission, NZ On Air and Te Mangai Paho.
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